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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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LOCKER ROOM SAYS GOODBYES ON AIR

It was the end of an era in Central Coast radio today. Real Estate show, ‘Our House’ hung up the headphones after nearly two decades. While local sporting identities crowded out the 2GO studio, fare-welling listeners of the award-winning Locker Room. After 18 years on air the friendly sledging between Steve Allan and co-host Michael Buettner had one final run, after over a decade by each others’ side. Audio in parts.

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MAN TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES FOLLOWING CENTRAL COAST SHARK BITE

A 68-year-old man is recovering in hospital, after he was bitten on the foot by a Wobbegong shark on the Central Coast. The Entrance and North Entrance Beaches remain closed following the incident, which happened at around 11 o’clock this morning. It’s understood the man stepped on the shark near The Entrance Surf Club. He was taken to Wyong Hospital suffering minor injuries. Beaches are expected to reopen around 11 o’clock on Sunday morning.

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SENTENCING DELAYED FOR COAST COUPLE WHO IMPORTED PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS

A Central Coast couple who trafficked performance-enhancing drugs will have to wait another four months to be sentenced. Self-described “gym junkies” Nateesha Barlin and Dylan Shaw were expected to be sentenced today for their part in a large scale performance enhancing drug operation in 2016 But new charges have been laid after police allegedly found a large commercial quantity of drugs and $179,000 cash in Mr Shaw’s car in July. Shaw remains behind bars while Barlin is on strict bail. Both will be sentenced in April. (VISION ONLY IN PARTS)  

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CENTRAL COAST COMPANY FINED OVER EMPLOYEE’S CHEMICAL BURNS

A West Gosford chemical producer has been fined nearly $50,000 after an employee suffered second-degree burns mixing an adhesive in 2016. Hiltour has been handed the penalty, after a 28-year-old man had to undergo numerous skin graft surgeries to his leg. It’s been revealed the employee of 10 years never received adequate training to deal with the hazardous substance. Hiltour has the option to appeal the decision.   Vision only.

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