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GOSFORD HOSPITAL STAFF REFUSE TO WORK AT COUNTER

Gosford Hospital staff have refused to work at a temporary patients enquiry counter, after a visitor became abusive last week. The Health Services Union says it wants jump-wire or a perspex barrier to be installed at a new counter opening in March. It says these measures will protect staff – who may be working alone – from future threats and violence. The Central Coast Local Health District says extra security patrols will be carried out, as negotiations continue. (VISION ONLY)

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POLICE INVESTIGATING SUSPECTED STABBING AT THE ENTRANCE

A 31-year-old man is in a stable condition, after being stabbed earlier this week. Just before midnight on Monday December 17, the man attended The Entrance Police Station with a stab wound to his abdomen. Paramedics were called and he was treated, before being air-lifted to Liverpool Hospital. It’s believed the 31-year-old was sitting in his car with a woman in the lower car park of Toowoon Bay Beach, when they were approached by a man. He then allegedly reached into the car and stabbed the victim, before fleeing the scene. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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NEW RESCUE DRONES TO BE DEPLOYED ON THE CENTRAL COAST

The Central Coast will soon receive three Westpac rescue drones as part of the first national approach to surf rescue using the innovative technology. By giving surf lifesavers more eyes in the sky, it’s hoped they can spot rips and distressed swimmers, responding to those in need sooner. In future, there will also be the potential to drop buoyancy devices to assist swimmers until help arrives. The drones will be deployed at Avoca, North Avoca and Terrigal beaches this summer. (VISION ONLY)  

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POLICE SEEK HELP TO IDENTIFY THIS WOMAN

Brisbane Water Police are asking for the community’s help, as it investigates two thefts at an Erina shopping centre last month. CCTV images have been released of a woman who walks into a store, before taking items and walking out without paying on November 17 and 20. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers. (VISION ONLY)

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3 YEAR-OLD RUSHED TO HOSPITAL

A 3 year-old girl remains in a stable condition in hospital after being found semi conscious inside a car on the Central Coast. Four Ambulance crews raced to the home in Tuggerawong early this afternoon. It is understood the girl had been missing for two hours and may have climbed out of a bedroom window. She was taken to Wyong Hospital. The 3yo girl who was found semi-conscious in a car at Tuggerwong earlier has made a quick recovery & is under observation at Wyong Hospital. It's understood she got out through her bedroom window two hours prior…before Police found the missing child in the footwell. @nbnnews pic.twitter.com/GqL6Pz927Z — Skaie Hull (@SkaieHull) December 17, 2018

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FIRE TEARS THROUGH DERELICT GOSFORD BUILDING

Fire has ripped through an abandoned building in Gosford this afternoon. Orange flames burst through the windows of the derelict Beane Street building, as black smoke billowed into the sky. More than a dozen people were evacuated from neighbouring buildings. Fire and Rescue Crews were decontaminated for asbestos, after extinguishing the blaze in less than an hour. Firefighters were called to a fire at the same building last month. No one was injured.

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COAST COMMUTERS QUESTION EMERGENCY BUS DELAY

Central Coast commuters are questioning why buses weren’t immediately engaged to transport passengers stranded after a lightning strike during yesterday’s peak period, despite multiple vehicles on standby. Hundreds were stuck at Gosford station while crews worked on an electrical outage, caused by a lightning strike between Hornsby and Gosford. In a statement, Transport for New South Wales said emergency buses were on call but weather conditions hindered their use.   Audio in parts.

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