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

M1 CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS FOLLOWING TRUCK FIRE

UPDATE: One person remains unaccounted for following a fiery crash involving two trucks on the M1 earlier today. The two trucks, including a fuel tanker, collided in the southbound lanes of the M1, about 1km south of the Freemans Drive interchange, just before 1pm. One truck caught fire as a result of the collision, and a car was also damaged. One person remains unaccounted for, and the M1 remains closed in both directions. The truck fire also sparked a bush fire near the crash site, with the RFS working to contain the blaze. ————- Police are asking motorists to delay their travel with the M1 closed in both directions at Cooranbong, in the Lake Macquarie region, as emergency services respond to reports of a truck fire. Police are yet to determine the exact circumstances of the incident and will provide more …

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POLICE PROMISE TO CRACK DOWN ON ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR AT TAMWORTH FESTIVAL

A high-visibility police operation targeting road safety, anti-social behaviour, and alcohol-related violence will be in place for the duration of the 46th annual Tamworth Country Music Festival. The festival is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, with more than 50,000 visitors expected for a program featuring 700 performers and 2800 shows over 120 venues. Police are urging motorists to allow extra travel time, with a number of roads closed during the 10-day event, while speeding, drink and drug driving, mobile-phone use, and other dangerous driver behaviour will also targeted by police. A 1am lockout for all licensed venues, a ban on spirit shots, and restrictions on energy-drink mixers and high-alcohol pre-mixed drinks will also be in place.

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30-YEAR-OLD MAN ALLEGEDLY GLASSED NEAR KEMPSEY

A man has been glassed during an alleged assault on the Mid North Coast over the weekend. Police say the incident happened outside a golf club on Edgar Street at Frederickton, near Kempsey, just before 10pm on Saturday, when the victim was allegedly approached by another man who struck him with a glass. A 30-year-old man was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital with wounds to his head and neck, but has since been released. Police subsequently arrested a 33-year-old man a home in Frederickton about 1.30pm yesterday. He was charged with reckless wounding, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and will appear in Kempsey Local Court next month.

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MAN HOSPITALISED AFTER HITTING HEAD ON CONCRETE IN ALLEGED ASSAULT

A 45-year-old man has undergone surgery at John Hunter Hospital, after allegedly being punched in the face and hitting his head on concrete in Newcastle yesterday evening. Police say the man became involved in an altercation with another man, aged 43, outside a licensed premises on Wharf Road, just before 6:30pm. The 45-year-old lost consciousness after he was allegedly punched in the face and hit his head on the concrete. He was taken to John Hunter Hospital, where he underwent surgery and remains in a critical but stable condition. The 43-year-old was arrested and charged with reckless grievous bodily harm, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He will appear at Newcastle Local Court next month, and police are urging any witnesses to contact Crime Stoppers.

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NEWCASTLE PUBLIC TRANSPORT UNDERGOES TIMETABLE OVERHAUL

Major changes to Newcastle’s public transport system have come into effect. Newcastle Transport service provider Keolis Downer claim that more than 1,000 additional bus and ferry services each week are now available to people in the region. Changes to the system were based on Opal data, community consultation, and expert knowledge. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald said the changes would help make public transport a popular option for Newcastle commuters, and includes a 38% increase in ferry frequencies, and an additional 200 bus services on Saturday and Sunday.

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PARKER PUTS HERSELF IN POSITION FOR COMM GAMES CALL-UP

An incredible effort by Hunter paratriathlete Lauren Parker today. After a training accident confined her to a wheelchair last April, Parker has all but confirmed a spot on the Australian Commonwealth Games Team. Parker finished second behind Gold Coast’s Sarah Tait at today’s race at the Paratriathlon OTU Continental Championships in St Kilda. The event was the last chance to impress the selectors before the Games, and should see her nominated for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast later this year.

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RESIDENTS ASKED TO REMAIN VIGILANT AFTER TOMAGO FIRE DOWNGRADED

Despite the bushfire at Tomago being downgraded to “Advice Status”, police are advising residents in the Port Stephens area to remain alert to fire danger. The fire in bushland off Masonite Road flared up due to strong winds and hot conditions yesterday, and an Emergency Warning was issued by the Rural Fire Service shortly after midday. Several roads and Newcastle Airport were closed while the fire was contained. The fire is not being treated as suspicious. All roads and the airport have since been re-opened.

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MAN PASSES AWAY AFTER BEING RESCUED FROM A NEWCASTLE BEACH

A man pulled unconscious from the surf at a Newcastle beach earlier this week has died in hospital. Lifeguards pulled the 67-year-old from the water at Dixon Park Beach at around 10:30am on Thursday, after he was seen floating face down. Attempts were made to resuscitate the man before paramedics transported him to the John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition, but he passed away overnight. A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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KNIFE ALLEGEDLY THROWN IN ALTERCATION ON HUNTER STREET

A man has allegedly thrown a knife at another man during an altercation outside a Newcastle cafe. The two men, aged 23 and 24, became involved in the altercation on Hunter Street, just before midday on Saturday. It’s believed the two men are not known to one another. The 23-year-old, armed with a knife, has allegedly thrown the knife at the 24-year-old, narrowly missing him. Witnesses intervened and apprehended the armed man until police arrived and arrested the 23-year-old. He was charged with wielding a knife in a public place, two counts of common assault, and affray.

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EMERGENCY WARNING BUSHFIRE AT TOMAGO

TOMAGO FIRE: The Rural Fire Service has issued an EMERGENCY WARNING for a fire on Masonite Road, Tomago. Residents in Barry Close, Cabbage Tree Rd and Massonite Rd are advised to shelter in place. Do not try and leave the area as it is too late to leave. The Rural Fire Service estimate 30 to 40 homes to be in the vicinity. The fire is heading easterly directions towards the Newcastle airport. Latest RFS info: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me Video courtesy Maddy Schofield.    

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