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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.

POLICE CALL FOR WITNESSES TO FATAL CRASH

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal crash in Tamworth last week, to come forward. Emergency services were called to the Oxley Highway at about 3.15 on March 31st, after a Ford Falcon and Toyota Kluger collided. The 30-year-old male driver of the Ford died at the scene. The other driver a 44-year-old woman and her two passengers, a 19-year-old woman and 54-year-old male, were treated on scene by paramedics. The group was taken to Tamworth Hospital for treatment. Police believe there are witnesses to the crash that are yet to come forward.

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BODIES OF MOTHER AND TWO CHILDREN RETRIEVED FROM FLOODED TWEED RIVER

The bodies of a mother and her two children have been retrieved from a car that plunged into the swollen Tweed River in northern New South Wales. Bilambil mother Stephanie King, aged 43, her daughter Ella-Jane Kabealo, aged 11, and her son Jacob Kabealo, aged seven, became trapped in their car when it left Dulguigan Road in Tumbulgum about 1.40pm yesterday. Ms King’s youngest daughter Chloe, aged eight, managed to escape the sinking car and raise the alarm at a nearby property. Chloe was taken to Tweed Hospital with cuts and abrasions but has since been discharged. She is in the care of family members. SES and local residents used boats and sonar equipment to locate the sunken vehicle about five metres from the river bank about 3.25pm, Tweed Byron LAC Chief Inspector Mick Dempsey said. “(Chloe) is obviously traumatised …

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CESSNOCK HOUSE FIRE NOT TREATED AS SUSPICIOUS

A woman in her 50s was treated for smoke inhalation after escaping an overnight house fire in Cessnock. Emergency crews were called to the property on O’Brien Street just after 1am, only to find the house alight, with heavy smoke billowing from several rooms. The female occupant was treated by firefighters at the scene. The blaze, which badly damaged two rooms, is not being treated as suspicious.

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HUNTER BRACES FOR WILD WEATHER

Hunter residents have also been told to brace for powerful surf, as well as destructive winds and heavy rain, as the remnants of Cyclone Debbie mix with a big cold front. “The tropical moisture from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie coming down from the north but up from the south a cold front and those two air masses meeting over the region. And that’s why we’ve seen the rain increase over the region this evening,” said NBN Weatherman Gavin Morris. But NBN Weatherman Gavin Morris says the weekend may NOT be a washout, with the system to move off the coast quickly. “But once it does move away we’re going to see the offshore winds and we’ll see coastal showers return but Saturday should be predominantly fine.” Gav will have updated forecasts, throughout the bulletin. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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FITTING FAREWELL FOR JOEY

Retirement is a milestone in anyone’s life – but for a Newcastle man with down syndrome, it’s also a celebration of overcoming adversity. Joey Timbs has been working at McDonalds for more than a decade – and has made lifelong friends in the process.

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INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED MAN ASSAULTED AT HAMILTON

A man with an intellectual disability has been punched in the head and kicked, during a sickening overnight attack in Beaumont Street at Hamilton. The 26-year-old was withdrawing cash at an ATM near the Tudor Street intersection, when he was approached by five young men wearing black hoodies. They threatened the victim with knives, before attacking him and fleeing the scene. Police are keen to speak with any witnesses.

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RSPCA WILL NOT PURSUE BOARDING KENNEL PROSECUTION

The RSPCA will NOT prosecute the owners of a Port Stephens boarding kennel, after a greyhound called Baron was found dead in their care over Christmas. A post-mortem carried out by the welfare group has determined Baron likely died from a bacterial infection, rather than heatstroke. The RSPCA says the examination was unable to provide conclusive evidence for a prosecution. Baron’s sudden death has sparked calls for reforms in the industry. (VISION ONLY)

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NSW MAN GUILTY OF CENTRAL COAST PIZZA SHOP STABBING

PICTURED: The deceased, Gregory Gibbins.  A NSW man has been found guilty of murder after he used a pocket knife to stab a talented local footballer outside a Central Coast pizza shop in 2015. A Supreme Court jury on Wednesday morning found Bradley James Brooks, 21, guilty of murdering Gregory Gibbins and wounding his friend, Adam Swindell, with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in April 2015 in Toukley. The jury had been deliberating since Monday afternoon. During the trial the court heard Mr Gibbins, Mr Swindell and another friend left a music festival venue just before midnight and were approached by a woman, Amber Pellizzon, who asked if they could walk her past the nearby pizzeria where a group of young men had been verbally abusing her. Brooks and his adopted younger brother, Joel Brooks, were standing outside the …

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