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FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING FAST MOVING GRASS FIRE AT TENAMBIT

More than 50 firefighters are battling a fast moving grass fire near Maitland. It broke out in an inaccessible area of swamp off Metford Road at Tenambit this afternoon. Rural Fire Service crews along with several from New South Wales Fire and Rescue were called out to battle the blaze. Smoke from the fire caused the closure of some surrounding streets, but no properties were under threat. Video: Rod Dever

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NEWCASTLE MAN KILLED IN MOTORBIKE CRASH

A Newcastle motorcyclist was killed when his bike collided with a car in Spencer, on the Hawkesbury River. The 53-year-old from Wallsend died at the scene on Wisemans Ferry Road around 11.30 this morning – police setting up diversions as they looked into the cause of the crash. The 44-year-old driver of the car was treated for minor injuries and taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

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STRAWBERRY CONTAMINATION CRISIS DEEPENS

An incredible warning from police tonight to any copycats, thinking of putting needles into fruit – that they could face up to 10-years behind bars. It comes as the contamination crisis deepens with two incidents, involving an apple and banana, reported in Sydney. READ MORE: STRAWBERRY SAGA SPELLS SALE SPIKE FOR NORTH WEST SHOPS IMPACT ON THE MID NORTH COAST: STRAWBERRY FARMERS RECEIVE SUPPORT AMID CONTAMINATION SAGA

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