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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.

GAV’S WEATHER: VERY WARM AHEAD OF RAIN

A large high will move out over the Tasman, driving moist onshore winds over the QLD coast. The heavy rain periods are expected to ease back to showers there. The front in the Bight will cause some wet weather for Victoria, while delivering some long-awaited rain to southern inland NSW. Onshore winds will continue along the NSW coast, making for partly cloudy skies along the coast. It’s expected to be fine and very warm inland tomorrow. On Friday, a large rain band will sweep across the region, producing good rain totals and this one won’t miss the Hunter.

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TRUCK FIRE CLOSES PART OF THE M1

There was heavy traffic on the M1 this afternoon, after a semi-trailer was engulfed by flames near Morisset. Firefighters were called just before one o’clock, and arrived to find the truck well alight. The blaze also sparked a small grass fire. One northbound lane of the motorway was closed for around three hours, while crews extinguished the flames. The truck driver escaped injury. (VISION ONLY)

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PHOTOGRAPHER ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING THREE WOMEN

A photographer will face Newcastle court tomorrow, accused of sexually and indecently assaulting three women. Lake Macquarie detectives launched an investigation after a woman reported being sexually assaulted during a photography session at a studio in Gateshead, back in June. It’s also alleged two other women, who are now both aged 25, were also assaulted during sessions in 2012 and 2017. Officers have seized a computer allegedly containing a number of sexually explicit photos and have also searched a Gateshead home. A 54-year-old man was arrested this afternoon and charged with a string of offences including eight counts of assault with act of indecency and four counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

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NBN NEWS PODCAST: RENT THE MUSICAL

In this week’s episode of the NBN News podcast we catch up with three performers involved in Hunter Drama’s production of Rent the musical in Newcastle. Cast members Marty Worall, Marissa Saroca and Alison Hodge are as entertaining as they are talented, and chat about everything from their roles and rehearsals, to the show’s confronting themes and its relevance to audiences. For more information on the show, click HERE.

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WOMAN CHARGED OVER FATAL SHOOTING

A 27-year-old woman has been charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder, following the shooting death of a man on the NSW far north coast earlier this year. Police say 31-year-old Ace Hall was taken to Tweed Heads District Hospital on June 24, after suffering a gunshot wound. He died a short time later. The woman was arrested by Queensland Police on Monday, before being extradited to New South Wales and charged at Tweed Heads Police Station. The woman will face court today.

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TEENAGER’S DEATH PROMPTS CRITICAL INCIDENT INVESTIGATION

Police have launched a critical incident investigation following the death of a teenage boy in Newcastle. Officers were called to Lambton Pool just after 5pm yesterday, after reports the 17-year-old had assaulted an employee. Several witnesses claim the teenager pushed the worker into the pool after becoming agitated. Up to five people reportedly had to restrain him until police arrived. The teenager was treated by paramedics and taken to John Hunter Hospital, where he later died. The investigation will examine whether the boy was suffering from any pre-existing medical conditions.   Newcastle City Council has released a statement into the death of a teenage boy, following an incident at Lambton Pool yesterday. Late yesterday afternoon a 17-year-old boy and his carer were visiting Lambton Pool. The boy began causing harm to himself and the surrounding property. His carer, with this …

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TENDERS CALLED FOR M1 INTERSECTION UPGRADE

Work to upgrade a notoriously busy intersection along the M1 Pacific Motorway will begin early next year, with the state government today calling for tenders for the project. The John Renshaw Drive and Weakleys Drive roundabout at Beresfield will be replaced with traffic lights. It’s one of three projects under a $390-million M1 upgrades package, jointly funded by the federal and state governments. Work should be completed in 2019. (VISION ONLY)

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POLICE INVESTIGATE DEATH OF ROCK FISHERMAN

Police have confirmed a body discovered at a popular Newcastle beach yesterday afternoon, is that of a 70-year-old rock fisherman. The man was walking on rocks at the northern end of Bar Beach just after 2:30, when he was swept into the ocean by a wave. Lifeguards managed to pull him from the water, but he couldn’t be revived. Newcastle Water Police and local officers are investigating the incident. (VISION ONLY)

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‘SUPERMAN’ PILLS LEAVE 11 HOSPITALISED

11 people were hospitalised following suspected drug overdoses in Newcastle last weekend. Police say the 10 men and one woman were admitted between 11pm Friday and 9pm Monday, after ingesting what’s believed to be a blue tablet bearing a Superman ‘S’ symbol. It’s prompted a warning to the community about the dangers of taking illicit drugs. “This is another clear example of the dangers of taking illicit drugs,” said Inspector Shane Buggy from Newcastle Police. “You never know what it is in the pill you are about to take or what it may or may not contain. You will never know how your own body may react with any substance you might take; whether you have consumed illicit substances before or not.” Anyone with information regarding the source of the tablet is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 …

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