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Jack is NBN News' Digital & Social Media Producer. Born and bred in Newcastle, Jack has previously worked in the news team as an editor and cameraman as well as on outside broadcasts. A passion for local content, Jack sees the importance of connecting communities with their local news, sport and weather.

MAN DIES FOLLOWING HOME INVASION AT LAKE MACQUARIE

A 60-year-old man has died, after a home invasion in the Lake Macquarie suburb of Whitebridge. Police have been told three men, who had their faces covered and were armed with baseball bats and knives broke into the Lonus Avenue home during the early hours of Monday morning, attacking the man in his bedroom. He was rushed to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital suffering a serious injury to his arm, however later died. The man’s two brothers, who were home at the time, escaped uninjured. Police are now investigating whether the attack was targeted.

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WNBL | AROUND THE GROUNDS

A tough day for Hunter representatives in the WNBL, with Cassidy McLean’s Bendigo Spirit, hammered by Dandenong in round 10, while Canberra has belted Katie Rae Ebzery and Maddi Allen’s Perth Lynx. Coming off a big loss to Townsville on Friday, the high flying Lynx were looking to bounce back in the nation’s capital. Ebzery scored nine points, shooting just 33 per cent from the field. Fellow Opals Kelsey Griffin and Leilani Mitchell were on fire for the Capitals, combining for 49 points in the big win. (VISION ONLY)

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QUIRINDI HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE

A family home at Quirindi in the state’s north west has been gutted by fire. Flames tore through the property on Loader Street during the early hours of Sunday morning, with police now investigating what caused the blaze. Thankfully no-one was home at the time. NBN News’ Olivia Portell will have more details in tonight’s news. Fire has torn through a Quirindi family home overnight. Neighbours say it broke out in the early hours of the morning and police are investigating how it started. Thankfully no one was home at the time. More details to come. @nbnnews pic.twitter.com/HV8AXXUatc — Olivia Portell (@LivPortell) December 15, 2018 For information on how to donate to the family contact  rachel.coward@bigpond.com Video: Samantha Vina Pitkin

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WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED BY FALLING TREE BRANCH AT HALLIDAYS POINT

A woman was last night rushed to hospital on the Mid North Coast, after a tree struck the car she was in at Hallidays Point. The 49-year-old was a passenger in a Nissan SUV when a large branch fell through the car’s windscreen on Blackhead Road at around 6:30. She was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital suffering serious internal injuries and remains in intensive care. The driver of the car was uninjured.

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MAN TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES FOLLOWING CENTRAL COAST SHARK BITE

A 68-year-old man is recovering in hospital, after he was bitten on the foot by a Wobbegong shark on the Central Coast. The Entrance and North Entrance Beaches remain closed following the incident, which happened at around 11 o’clock this morning. It’s understood the man stepped on the shark near The Entrance Surf Club. He was taken to Wyong Hospital suffering minor injuries. Beaches are expected to reopen around 11 o’clock on Sunday morning.

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MAN CHARGED OVER ALLEGED ASSAULT AT HAMILTON

A 25-year-old man has been charged over an alleged assault in the Newcastle suburb of Hamilton. Police were called to Beaumont Street at around 2 o’clock on Saturday morning, after reports two men, aged 25 and 43, had been involved in an altercation. The younger man was arrested at the scene, and taken to Newcastle Police Station where he was charged. He was granted conditional bail, and will face court next month.

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P-PLATER PICKED UP SPEEDING NEAR NABIAC

A 20-year-old woman has been fined more than $2,500 and had her licence suspended, after she was caught travelling more than 50km/h over the speed limit on the mid north coast. Officers spotted a Mazda 6 on the Pacific Highway at Nabiac just before 1am, with the northbound car detected at 151km/h in a 100km/h zone. The driver, who held a Provisional P2 licence, had her licence suspended for 6 months. The car’s number plates were also confiscated for three months.

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JETS WOMEN PREPARE FOR CLASH WITH PERTH

It’s a weekend of big matches for the Newcastle Jets – but they’ve already recorded a win. The club on Friday announced a new membership record, hitting 11,320 to surpass the previous mark from the 2012-13 season. On the field, the W-League side will face Perth on Saturday night. The Jets are in ninth, but just three points behind the second-placed Glory, and they’re well aware of how important this fixture could be. Gema Simon says she’s all but overcome the knee injury that she’s carried for the past 12 months. While Arin Wright has overcome a hamstring complaint – and should be fit for the game. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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