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HATS ON FOR FIRE AND RESCUE OPEN DAY

There was a sea of tiny red hats at Kariong’s Fire and Rescue Open Day as dozens of local families turned out for a taste of what life is like as a professional firefighter. For the young ones, it was all smiles up front in the driver’s seat… …and later, they were awe-struck with the kitchen fire simulator. In lieu of fighting real flames, the budding firies took turns watering the garden. (audio in parts)

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CHARGES LAID FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED ACT OF INDECENCY

Two men have been charged following an investigation into an alleged act of indecency on a Newcastle bound train last year. Officers were alerted to the incident, which occurred on December 4 last year, by a 17-year-old girl after she witnessed a man commit the alleged act of indecency while travelling between Central and Wyong. A 53-year-old man was arrested in relation to the incident at Wyong on Friday, and charged with committing an act of indecency with a person 16 years or over. He faced court this morning, and was refused bail to reappear at Wyong Local Court on Monday. Officers also executed a search warrant at a property on Northcott Avenue at Watanobbi, arresting a 41-year-old man and allegedly seizing a firearm, ammunition, knives, a laser pointer, a conductive electrical device, and prohibited drugs. A 41-year-old was arrested …

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HEAVILY MODIFIED CAR STOPPED ON CENTRAL COAST

A man has been issued a number of infringement notices, after he was pulled over in a heavily modified car on the Central Coast. Officers stopped the Holden Commodore on the Central Coast Highway, Gosford just before 7 o’clock this morning, after they noticed it appeared to have no windscreen. Further inspection found the car had no interior and no driver’s seat fitted, as well as several other modifications which rendered it unroadworthy. It’s understood the man had driven the car while sitting on a metal stool.

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BODY MODIFIER ACCUSED OF ‘GENITAL MUTILATION’ FACES COURT

A man charged with genital mutilation fronted court for the first time today. 37-year-old Brendan Russell is accused of performing a procedure on a woman at a Newcastle tattoo parlour in 2016 – she later lodged a formal complaint. Police raided his shop at Erina and arrested him earlier this month. Russell didn’t enter a plea during his brief appearance at Gosford Local Court this morning. The matter was adjourned until July 20. (no audio)

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