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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.

DREAMWORLD CEO STEPS DOWN

A change of command is underway at the Parent Company of theme Park Dreamworld. Deborah Thomas, CEO at the time of last year’s tragedy, in which four people died when a ride malfunctioned, has stepped down. Dreamworld was shut for 6 weeks … suffering heavy financial losses. Ms Thomas will be replaced by former Nine Network executive Simon Kelly.

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ASHLEY BRYANT SUICIDE AT CENTRE OF POLICE INQUEST

The stress and trauma felt by police officers is under the spotlight, with a widow calling for more to be done to support those struggling. Deborah Bryant’s husband Ashley took his own life after battling years of mental illness… in his dying words, he pleaded for change. And if you, or someone you know, is struggling to cope, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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DISTURBING CASE OF ANIMAL CRUELTY IN THE HUNTER

The RSPCA is appealing to the public for information with a disturbing case of animal abuse emerging in the Hunter. The animal welfare group has issued an urgent call for information after a severely emaciated dog was dumped at a Muswellbrook pound, last week. The young dog, named Hugo by an inspector, was seized and rushed to a vet where he remains in care. The RSPCA has posted photos of the Hugo, which show his visible rib cage and vertebrae. The group says the dog has no identification but someone will know something. “I would also ask that if someone did find this dog as a stray, that they please come forward to advise where and when the dog was found to assist with our enquiries”, says RSPCA NSW Inspector Russell Jarman. The dog is expected to make a full …

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MAN RECOVERING AFTER ALLEGED ANZAC DAY GLASSING

A 24-year-old man is recovering in Gosford Hospital, after an alleged glassing incident on Anzac Day. An argument erupted just after 7.40pm in the carpark of a tavern on Wyong Road at Chittaway, when it’s alleged a 33-year-old punched a man in the face, cutting his cheek. Another 24-year-old man attempted to intervene and was allegedly hit in the face with a schooner glass. The man’s face and upper arm received lacerations and an ambulance was called. The accused was arrested a short time later and charged with reckless wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was granted conditional bail and will appear at Wyong Local Court next month.

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ERINA UNBEATEN AFTER TOUKLEY CLASH

In local league, Erina remains unbeaten after edging out Toukley in a close encounter at Erina Oval this afternoon. The Eagles were flying high early – player/coach Alan Munro charging across for the first points of the game but failing to the add the extras. [Notes:2’58’34] Soon after, a rampaging Cohen Willis side stepped his opposition and crashed over to put the Toukley on the board.

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POLICE INVESTIGATE FATAL CRASH

Police have launched a critical incident investigation, after a man died in a fatal single vehicle crash near Grafton. Officers attended Lillypool Road at Bom Bom at about 8.40pm yesterday, after receiving information about concerns for welfare. A short time later police found a vehicle, which matched the description, crashed into a tree. The male driver was trapped in the car and died at the scene. A crime scene was established and an investigation has been launched. NSW Police says it undertakes critical incident investigations when matters include the possible influence of a police officer or incidents when responses could attract significant public interest.

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NEW PICTURES CAPTURE BOAT EXPLOSION

CCTV has captured a father and son’s lucky escape after their boat burst into flames at a marina on the Gold Coast on Monday. The video shows the 25-foot Bertram boat making its way through the waterway at the Runaway Bay marina when bright orange flames appear. A 19-year-old man in a high-vis vest can be seen leaping from the hull of the boat to the safety of the deck as the fire continues to spread. The teenager and his father were both forced to jump into the water, seeking refuge on a passing boat. Neither man was injured in the fire. Plumes of thick black smoke were later filmed engulfing the immediate area in wake of the explosion, which occurred about 4.18pm. The vessel had been re-fuelled minutes before the fire occurred. Police told 9NEWS the blaze is not being …

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