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Nick Hornby-Howell is a reporter with NBN News in Tamworth. After finishing high school in Newcastle, Nick studied Sports Media at the University of Canberra.

NEW COACH AT GRAND FINALIST

Wayne Saunders has taken on the first grade coaching reins of the Narrabri Blues for 2018. It follows a successful year for the club, reaching its first Group 4 grand final since 1991. Players are already familiar with Saunders’ approach, having run conditioning sessions for them this season. A light pre-season training run will be held on December 7, with planning to continue for next year. (no audio)

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BULLET INVESTIGATION MOVING FORWARD

With just three days until New England’s by-election, Tamworth police are close to finding the person responsible for sending a bullet to Barnaby Joyce’s former electorate office. DNA has been found on the bullet, which was also accompanied by a threatening letter earlier this month. “That’s been subject of intensive investigation by us, in particular some forensic identification. That has progressed. We have now got some forensic information.” Officers say they aren’t expecting any issues when the public goes to the polls on Saturday. (vision accompanied by audio in part)

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EMPLOYEE LIVING CONDITIONS UNDER INVESTIGATION

Thomas Foods International’s Tamworth operation is currently under fire, with Council investigating employee living conditions. It’s being alleged migrant workers are being crammed into overcrowded residences. The Australiasian Meat Industry Employees Union has released a report, claiming 80 per cent of the region’s Thomas Foods workers are from overseas. Thomas Foods says it’ll also be conducting inquiries into the matters. (no audio)

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NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

Several North west rugby union talent will take to the field at this weekend’s National Sevens Championships in Bendigo. Warialda’s Rhiannon Byers will be representing New South Wales. She’ll be alongside UNE Lions team mates Hannah Southwell, Brydie Parker, Mel Howard and Kennedy Cherrington. While another Warialda High School alumni Tiarna Molloy will line up for the Australian Defence Force side. In the mens, former Tamworth Magpies forward Simon Vunilagi will take the field for the ACT. (no audio)

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