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Georgina Smyth is a web producer and reporter in Newcastle. She studied Journalism at Newcastle University and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and worked in local radio for two years before joining NBN in 2013.

WEATHER: 4 WEEKS, 4 HEAT WAVES

PHOTO: Heidi Lambert captured this shot at Old Bar Beach.  We are now entering our 3rd heat wave in as many weeks. The next change comes through late Wednesday into Thursday across the region. We have some rain for the region to kick start the weekend then from next Tuesday we’ll see the mercury begin to soar across the region for heatwave number 4.

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MAN HIT AND KILLED BY TRAIN ON CENTRAL COAST

A man on a mobility scooter has died after being struck by a train at Woy Woy, on the Central Coast. New South Wales Transport confirmed the incident this morning, stating that the Central Coast to Newcastle line is partially closed in both directions between Gosford and Hornsby. Buses are being organised to operate a replacement service but are yet to begin operating.     Boom gates are being tested as part of investigations into the death of an elderly man who was hit by a train at Woy Woy crossing @nbnnews pic.twitter.com/er4kpcW1aO — Meredith Gibbs (@meredith_gibbs) January 16, 2017 Trains are still suspended on the Central Coast Newcastle line as police investigate after a man was killed by a train at Woy Woy @nbnnews pic.twitter.com/GvCEe9KaK3 — Meredith Gibbs (@meredith_gibbs) January 16, 2017

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TWO MEN CHARGED AFTER DRUGS ALLEGEDLY FOUND AT COFFS LICENSED PREMISES

PHOTOS: Items seized.  Two men have been charged with drug possession, following an investigation on the Mid North Coast. Police from the Coffs/Clarence area established Strike Force Rawhiti, to investigate drug offences at a licensed premises on Moonee Street, at Coffs Harbour. Investigators yesterday executed a search warrant at the premises and allegedly found numerous vials of anabolic steroids; a small amount of a substance believed to be methamphetamine; a small amount of dried cannabis leaf; and a small amount of a powder substance believed to be cocaine. A 41-year-old staff member and a 22-year-old guest at the premises will face Coffs Harbour Local Court next month, for alleged drug possession.

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NEWCASTLE JETS FANS ESCAPE INJURY IN FENCE COLLAPSE

Newcastle fans have escaped serious injury after being crushed on top of each other when a McDonald Jones Stadium fence broke during an A-League goal celebration. The concerning incident occurred right on halftime in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Perth, when Jets winger Andrew Nabbout scored to take a 2-1 lead and raced over to celebrate with active supporter base The Squadron. But the separating fence collapsed under the weight of enthusiastic fans, with some worryingly trapped underneath other bodies. One crowd member was in visible distress as he tried and failed to get up off the ground while security and Jets defender Jason Hoffman approached to assist. No one suffered serious injury during the incident, which is not the first time a fence at the venue has failed to stand strong. Another section collapsed early in the 2013/14 season when …

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MAN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ROBBERY AFTER BEING FOUND HIDING UNDER A BED

A 24-year-old man has been charged with aggravated robbery, after being found hiding under a bed in Windale. A 38-year-old woman was waiting at a bus stop on Newcastle Road in Jesmond at about 11.55am on Saturday night, when a man approached her and allegedly punched her in the face. The man then allegedly grabbed the woman’s handbag and ran from the scene. Witnesses to the attack gave chase, but the man allegedly threatened them with a brick. It’s alleged the accused used the woman’s credit cards to buy goods at shops. The man was arrested at a house on South Street Windale and later charged with aggravated robbery, threaten injury to person with intent to prevent lawful apprehension, and two counts of dishonestly obtain property by deception.

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POLICE INVESTIGATE SUSPICIOUS RURAL FIRE

A shed containing machinery and cars has been destroyed, in a suspicious fire near the Barrington Tops at the weekend. Emergency services were called to Salisbury Lodges retreat, on Salisbury Road, at about 2.20am on Sunday morning, following reports of a fire. The Rural Fire Service extinguished the blaze. Police are appealing for anyone with information on the fire to come forward.

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WEATHER: EXTREME HEAT

PHOTO: Snapped by Luke Lamont.  The heatwave is set to peak tomorrow with the scorching hot low 40 degree temperatures set to sweep back in across the Hunter and Central Coast. Temperatures will also soar back into the mid 30s along the northern NSW and SE QLD coasts. Over the weekend rain and cooler temperatures will make for a cooler start to the new week.

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AGL FINED $124K OVER POLITICAL DONATIONS

Energy giant AGL has been fined $124,000 for failing to declare thousands of dollars in political donations it made to the Labor, Liberal and National parties while it was making planning applications. The penalty, handed down in the NSW Land and Environment Court on Thursday, comes after AGL last year pleaded guilty to 11 counts of breaking political disclosure laws between January 2008 and April 2014. The donations, totalling $73,800 during the six-year period, came at a time when the company was seeking approval for 11 planning proposals, including a massive coal seam gas project near the mid-north coast town of Gloucester. The offences arose “as a consequence of a series of systemic failures within AGL’s administrative processes”, Justice Timothy Moore ruled. The outcome is a major win for anti-CSG group Groundswell Gloucester, which brought the issue to light in …

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