Seems they're up to their old tricks of editing descriptions of Middle Eastern ethnicity out of police reports, as Tim Blair reveals:
SMH: '...was described as thin with broad shoulders and a goatee beard, wearing a blue baseball cap, a white long-sleeve hooded jumper and grey tracksuit trousers with a yellow stripe down each side.'
Police: '...is described as being of Middle Eastern appearance, aged about 25 or 26, dark complexion, 178cm to 183cm, thin build with broad shoulders and a goatee. He was wearing a blue baseball cap with white writing on the front, a white long sleeve jumper with a hood and grey tracksuit pants with a yellow stripe down each side.'
When Blair calls them on it, the SMH has the affrontery to claim describing a suspect's ethnic background 'hardly narrows it down and serves no purpose' in enabling witnesses to recognise them.
Except when they're:
a man described as being of white/European appearance-- Nick