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Tyson Cottrill is a journalist and producer based in Newcastle, with 10 years television news experience. Tyson first began work with NBN in 2007, before being employed as a journalist at Channel Nine in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Born and raised in Newcastle, Tyson has a Bachelor of Communications from Charles Sturt University.

A RARE LOOK INSIDE ONE OF OUR MOST ADVANCED DEFENCE AIRCRAFT

Among the rows of fighter jets at RAAF base Williamtown sits an all-seeing, all-hearing aircraft – that’s one of most advanced warplanes in the world. The E-7A Wedgetail has been a key weapon in the fight against ISIL. NBN News was invited on-board for a simulated training mission – the first time an Australian TV crew has flown on the surveillance aircraft, out of Williamtown.

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MAN RESCUED AFTER BOAT SINKS OFF LAKE MACQUARIE

Two divers risked their own lives to rescue a man who was thrown from his boat off Swansea Heads at Lake Macquarie this afternoon. His runabout was struck by a large wave near Moon Island, just after midday – nearby charter boat, Grey Nurse Charters raced to help. “He was really struggling to stay afloat, holding on to his boat which was sinking.” “You gotta help people – the man was in trouble, we were able to help him, the two of us got onto the island and we did the job and it worked out OK.” The man, who was wearing a lifejacket, was airlifted to hospital. Vision courtesy of Grey Nurse Charters.

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TRIAL OF BULLDOZER ACCUSED SET DOWN FOR AUGUST

Another trial date has been set for Jamie Sager, the man accused of bulldozing a house at Lake Macquarie, back in 2015. The 49-year-old has pleaded not guilty to maliciously damaging property, with intent to endanger life. Four cars and a boat were also destroyed. The first trial, last July, was aborted, and proceedings were unable to resume this week. They’re now set down for August.

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DRIVER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO WHITTINGHAM FATALITY

A Singleton Heights man will stand trial over a fatal crash at Whittingham in late 2015. 22-year-old Charles Monk today fronted Newcastle Local Court, pleading not guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death. He was allegedly behind the wheel of a ute which collided with a Holden Barina on the New England Highway, claiming the life of its 29-year-old driver, Nicole Rayner. The trial is set down for July.

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COMMUNITY RALLIES FOR TROY MILES

There’s been a heartwarming display of support and generosity for a former Knights player, in the fight of this life. Troy Miles was left a quadraplegic following a motorcycle accident last year – but last night the community gathered, raising money – and his spirits. If you would like to help Troy and his family, click here.

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