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ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION NETWORK LAUCHED

It’s an issue that’s sadly on the increase as our population ages, and now elder abuse is in the spotlight in ethnic communities. Today, organisations and community groups came together to launch the Hunter’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Elder Abuse Prevention Network. Abuse can take different forms from physical to emotional and financial. Anyone who needs help can call the Elder Abuse Helpline.

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TWO DRIVE-BY SHOOTINGS BELIEVED TO BE OMCG RELATED

Police are investigating a drive-by-shooting at Metford, with a number of shots fired at a house on Conder Crescent from a moving car. Initial investigations suggest the incident was bikie-related. Meanwhile, Newcastle Police have put gangs on notice, making several arrests after two weekend assaults and shots being fired at a Nomads clubhouse. The Islington building was fired upon on Saturday night by an unknown person. There were around 10 people inside at the time, but no reports of injuries. When police attended, they arrested three Nomads members over two assaults – one on a rival Finks member at a Kotara gym, and the other at a hotel in Honeysuckle.

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FROM BRISBANE TO SYDNEY – WALKING FOR MELANOMA RESEARCH

A cancer campaigner has passed through the Hunter region, as he nears the end of an epic fundraising walk. Jay Allen is a stage three melanoma survivor, and made sure he was liberal with the sunscreen as we caught up with him in yesterday’s sunshine at Gateshead. After an overnight stay at Lake Macquarie, Jay resumed his walk this morning – part of a journey from Brisbane that’s so far taken him some 900 kilometres. He’ll finish in Sydney on Sunday, hoping to have raised $250,000 for melanoma research.

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MUSWELLBROOK HIGH POISED TO TAKE ON THE ROBOTICS WORLD

A group of tech-savvy students from the Upper Hunter is on the verge of realising a dream, winning a wildcard to compete in the world robotics championships in the United States. But they face an added challenge, raising $60,000 in just three weeks, to get there. To help the Carbon Crusaders get to America, call Muswellbrook High School on 02 6543 1033, or check out their facebook page.

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MAN STABBED DURING WALLSEND HOME INVASION

A man’s been injured during a terrifying home invasion at Wallsend. The 27-year-old was stabbed in the shoulder during a fight with a man, who’d made his way into the Close Street home. It all happened just before 9pm, with the offender running from the scene. He remains on the run – police say he’s around 185 centimetres tall with a solid build. The victim was taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment.

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