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Renee Fedder is a journalist and web producer for NBN News. She has worked for the company at its Taree bureau and Newcastle newsroom since 2011, after completing a Bachelor of Communication at the University of Newcastle.

TEEN CHARGED OVER SERVICE STATION ROBBERY

A teenager has been charged over the armed robbery of a Maryville service station earlier this year. Police have been told three youths entered the Hannell Street business at around 10:30pm on January 2. It’s alleged one was armed with a knife, while two others stole items off the shelves. The 16-year-old is facing a charge of robbery in company.

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HUNDREDS RALLY IN NEWCASTLE AS PART OF MARCH AUSTRALIA

Around a dozen rallies were held across the country today, including in Newcastle, as part of the March Australia movement. Local workers, unions and community groups walked to Civic Park this afternoon, in protest of a number of Turnbull Government policies. “We first come together in 2014 when Abbott was first elected. Back then there was a groundswell of opposition to the policies that were looked to be put in place and nothing’s changed,” said March Australia Newcastle organiser, Leigh Shears. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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UPDATE: MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING 17-HOUR STAND-OFF

A man has been charged with 20 offences, following a 17-hour stand-off with police in Newcastle. At around midday yesterday, police were responding to reports of a stolen car at Tighes Hill when they found a man on the roof of an apartment complex. Tactical officers spent the day negotiating with the 27-year-old, before he was eventually taken into custody just before five this morning. It’s alleged the man was involved in a crime spree which started with the theft of a car in Sydney, followed by a triple stabbing at a gym in Brookvale and two service station robberies in the Hunter. He’s due to face Newcastle Local Court tomorrow.

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WEATHER: SOUTHERLY CHANGE ON THE WAY

Autumn so far has been dominated by a warm, moist, tropical air mass from the north. Overnight a southerly is going to move in across the Central Coast and Hunter, and push further north across the region during Thursday. As this southerly change collides with the humid atmosphere, expect more showers and storms to flare up. Conditions will be cooler, but the southerly will ease quickly and the chance of showers will back off for the weekend.

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BODY FOUND IN WATER AT NEWCASTLE

Police have found a body off Newcastle Beach, which is believed to be that of a missing Pakistani national. 23-year-old Mohsin Awan was swept out to sea on Sunday night, while taking photos with a friend at Nobbys Beach. His friend returned to shore, but Mr Awan couldn’t be found. Water Police, Marine Rescue and Surf Life Savers have spent the past two days searching for the University of Newcastle student. Just before 8am today, a body was found about a kilometre off Newcastle Beach.

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INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE INTO SOUTH KEMPSEY ARMED ROBBERY

Police have released a CCTV image of a car, as they continue to investigate an armed robbery on the mid north coast earlier this year. Two men, one armed with a knife, threatened a staff member at a fast food restaurant at the South Kempsey service centre in the early hours of January 9. The pair fled with cash in a white mid 1990s Toyota Landcruiser, which was later found burnt out in bushland. Police have described the first man as being about 183-centimetres tall, with a stocky build. He has a distinct tattoo or scar under his right eye. The second man has a skinny build. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers.

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