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FINAL PREPARATIONS AHEAD OF POSTIE BIKE GRAND PRIX

The race that stops Cessnock is just one sleep away from the starting grid, as preparations for the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix ramp up. Teams and officials spent Saturday testing bikes, to ensure all entries were within the 6-point-5 horsepower limit. A crowd of 10,000 is expected to watch international riders, Chad Reed and Craig Anderson competing in this year’s event. Action starts from 9am. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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FINANCIAL ADVISOR CHARGED OVER ALLEGED FRAUD

A financial advisor will face Coffs Harbour Local Court on January 21 after he allegedly defrauded people of $408,000. A three-month long investigation led detectives to a Bonville home on Wednesday, where they seized a computer, mobile phones and documents. Police allege the man had deposited superannuation funds into a self-managed account, for his own personal use. Investigations are continuing.

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DELAYS CONTINUE AFTER M1 TRUCK CRASH

Southbound motorists on the M1 Motorway can expect significant delays this afternoon, after an earlier truck crash near Wyong. Just after 7:30 this morning, a B-double crashed into a concrete barrier under the Alison Road underpass. Crews are now working to clean up the scene and salvage the vehicle. Delays are beginning to ease, with both southbound lanes now open.

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POLICE INVESTIGATING WEST TAMWORTH STABBINGS

Two men have been stabbed in separate incidents at West Tamworth, with police now working to figure out if the events are linked. Officers have been told a 27-year-old man gwas involved in an altercation with three men outside his Flemming Crescent home around 4am on Saturday morning, when he was allegedly stabbed by one of the men. He was taken to Tamworth Hospital with a wound to his upper arm. Just hours earlier, a 33-year-old man reported to police that he’d been stabbed while walking in the same suburb. He was taken to hospital for further treatment. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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