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Digital and Social Media Producer at NBN News since October 2015. PhD research candidate at the University of Newcastle.

DRUG POSSESSION CHARGES LAID AS SCHOOLIES CONTINUES

Despite 17 schoolies being arrested overnight, Gold Coast police say they’re pleased with overall crowd behaviour in the Surfers Paradise CBD overnight. The arrests were mainly for drug-related possession offences, while fifteen schoolies were also issued with liquor infringements notices. Of those arrested, 16 were male. Seven non-schoolies were also arrested on charges relating to public nuisance and drug possession.

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14-YEAR-OLDS ALLEGEDLY CAUSE DAMAGE TO GOLD COAST HIGH SCHOOL

Three teenagers will be dealt with under The Youth Justice Act after allegedly causing damage to a Gold Coast high school. Police were alerted to a group of juveniles acting suspiciously at Elanora High School, at around 4:30pm on Saturday. On arrival, they found three youths on a roof, and a plant that had been uprooted and thrown into a wall, causing damage. The 14-year-olds were taken to Palm Beach Police Station, and their parents notified.

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POLICE APPEAL FOR INFORMATION INTO MISSING SNORKELER

Concerns are held for a missing snorkeler in Port Stephens. 29-year-old Scott McGuire was last seen about 4pm on Sunday when he was snorkeling with a friend off Birubi Point at Anna Bay. Police were notified after he failed to return to shore. A search between Birubi Point and Boat Harbour yesterday failed to locate anything, and the search has resumed this morning. Anyone with information relating to Mr McGuire’s disappearance, in particular any fishermen who were at Birubi Point on Sunday afternoon, are urged to come forward. Mr McGuire is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 180cm-185cm tall, of a slim build, and with shaved brown hair. He was last seen wearing red board shorts, black flippers, black goggles with a clear snorkel, and carrying a small mesh bag.

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EIGHT FIREARMS STOLEN FROM RURAL BUNDARRA PROPERTY

Firearms, including a number of shotguns and rifles, have been stolen during a break-in, in the state’s west. Police say the rural property in Bundarra was broken into sometime between 7am and 5pm yesterday. A total of eight firearms were stolen from a firearm safe, including: Simson 12G side by side double barrel shotgun Sportco 62A .22 calibre rifle Diamond .410 side by side double barrel shotgun Marlin 917.V.17HMR calibre rifle IAC 12G lever action shotgun Maine .22 calibre rifle Savage 11 .223 Calibre rifle Birmingham Small Arms .310 calibre antique Anyone with information about the break-in or the stolen firearms is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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EXPECT POLICE TO BE OUT AND ABOUT DURING THE NEWCASTLE 500

Police are planning a high-visibility operation ahead of the Supercars event in Newcastle this weekend, in an effort to kerb anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related violence. Police will also focus on road safety during the inaugural Newcastle 500, with motorists urged to allow extra travel time due to heavy traffic, and to make smart decisions to avoid putting themselves and other road users at risk. A spokesperson said speeding, drink-driving, mobile phone and seat-belt offences in particular will be targeted, in addition to random breath tests and roadside drug testing. More than 150,000 spectators are expected in Newcastle this weekend, from Thursday through to next Monday. For all special event traffic information, including road closures and live traffic reports, visit: www.livetraffic.com

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CHILDREN REPORTEDLY PHOTOGRAPHED IN COFFS HARBOUR

Police are appealing for information after two men were seen taking photos of children on the Mid North Coast. In the first instance, two boys, aged nine and 10, were walking on Argyll Street in Coffs Harbour sometime between 7am and 8am on Thursday, when a man was seen taking photos of them. The man followed the children, before they took refuge inside a service station on the Pacific Highway. He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, more than 188cm tall, skinny build, shoulder- length hair, with a tattoo on his shoulder/arm. In the second incident, a man was seen in bushes taking photos of children on Kurrajong Street, sometime between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Friday. It’s believed the man matching the description of the first incident may have been a front-seat passenger in a 1980s or 1990s model …

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PSYCHOLOGIST CHARGED OVER ALLEGED INDECENT ASSAULT OF SECOND CHILD PATIENT

A psychologist has been charged with the indecent assault of a second child patient on the Mid North Coast. The 51-year-old was initially charged back in May with child sex offences. Further investigations led to the same man being charged at Coffs Harbour Police Station earlier today, over the alleged indecent assault of a second young male patient during sessions earlier this year. He was charged with three counts of an aggravated act of indecency, indecent assault of a person under 16 years, and grooming a child for unlawful sexual activity. The man will appear before Coffs Harbour Local Court in January.

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WYONG VEHICLE SEARCH ALLEGEDLY TURNS UP DRUGS, WEAPONS

Illicit drugs, housebreaking implements, and a knife have allegedly been discovered during a vehicle search on the Central Coast. The Ford Focus sedan was stopped by police in the car park of Wyong Railway Station shortly after 2am on Sunday. Fraudulent cheques and mobile phones were also allegedly discovered along with the drugs – believed to be ice and cannabis – and other items. The 34-year-old male driver was charged with driving while suspended. The passenger, a 29-year-old woman, was charged with a range of offences, including supplying a prohibited drug, stealing, and good in custody.

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13 SCHOOLIES ARRESTED OVERNIGHT ON THE GOLD COAST

Drug possession was the main reason for arrests in the first weekend of schoolies celebrations on the Gold Coast. 13 schoolies were arrested overnight on 16 offences, seven of which were drug possession. 11 others were issued with liquor infringement notices. Meanwhile, 10 non-schoolies were arrested on 12 charges, mostly relating to public nuisance and drug possession.

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MAN STABBED IN THE HAND DURING BREAK-IN

A man has been stabbed during an aggravated break-in, in the Hunter Valley. Police say a male, armed with a knife, broke into a home on Ninth Street in Cessnock at about 2:30am on Sunday. A 35-year-old man was then stabbed in the hand. Investigations led police to arrest a 29-year-old man at a home on Coulson Avenue in Cessnock, at around 10 o’clock last night. He’s been charged with aggravated break and enter, and resisting an officer in execution of duty. The injured man attended Cessnock Hospital for treatment.

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