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Queensland’s bushfire emergency has turned deadly, with a 21-year-old man killed by a falling tree while clearing a firebreak. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says conversations with US President Donald Trump were ‘friendly’ at the G20 Summit. A 7-point magnitude earthquake has rocked the US state of Alaska. And Jeff Horn has spectacularly ended Anthony Mundine’s professional boxing career, knocked out in 96 seconds.

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MAN INJURED IN CENTRAL COAST CRASH

A man in his 40s has been flown to hospital in a medically induced coma, after a car accident on the Central Coast. Emergency services including the region’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter were called to the Old Pacific Highway at Kangy Angy at around 8 o’clock this morning. It’s understood the man was trapped inside the wreck for sometime. He was flown to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.

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MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING POLICE PURSUIT AT LAKE MACQUARIE

Polair and the Dog Squad were called in to arrest a man, during an overnight police pursuit at Lake Macquarie. Officers spotted a stolen Nissan Navara on Bowman Street at Swansea at around 7:30 on Friday evening. It was again spotted on Flowers Drive at Catherine Hill Bay a short time later. A pursuit was started along the Pacific Highway – the vehicle eventually leaving the road and becoming bogged in bushland at Doyalson. Police say the driver, a 33-year-old man, attempted to run from the scene before being arrested. He was charged with a string of offences including driving whilst disqualified, and is due to face Newcastle Local Court later today.

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MAN INJURED IN CENTRAL COAST MOUNTAIN BIKE ACCIDENT

A 52-year-old man has been flown to hospital with suspected spinal injuries, after a mountain biking accident on the Central Coast. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to the Ourimbah State Forest early on Friday afternoon, with the injured man treated by the helicopter’s clinical team and paramedics. Members from the Volunteer Rescue Association assisted to transport the injured man to the waiting helicopter. He was flown to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital for further treatment.

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NEW HOME FOR HERITAGE COLLECTION

The future of a number of heritage rail items at Broadmedow appears to be clearer, with the collection set to be moved to a new storage facility in Sydney. Transport Heritage NSW today confirmed the former Chullora Railway Workshops in Sydney’s west will house a collection of the state’s heritage railway items, including from the Broadmeadow Roundhouse. The Broadmeadow site was closed to volunteers late last year. In a statement Transport NSW said “the Government is committed to the preservation of important buildings including the Broadmeadow Roundhouse which will be adapted for new uses.” (VISION ONLY)

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GAV’S WEATHER: PERFECT START TO SUMMER

It will be close to a perfect start to summer across much of Northern NSW, with westerly winds building ahead of a dry cool change. There’s little action across the nation, with the only two major features a low moving away from the coast, and a massive trough arcing its way across the country. Other then that, it’s a story of sunshine.

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DRIVER DETECTED FIVE TIMES LEGAL LIMIT WITH 3 KIDS IN CAR

A 42-year-old woman has been charged with high range drink driving, after allegedly returning a reading almost five times the legal limit on the Mid North Coast. Police were first alerted to a Toyota Tarago being driven dangerously at around 5:30 on Wednesday evening, before they responded to reports of an accident involving the vehicle and a B-double on the Pacific Highway north of Bulahdelah just 20 minutes later. When they arrived at the scene, officers spoke with a 42-year-old woman, who had three young children, aged 2, 4 and 6 in the car. She returned a positive result to a breath test. A secondary test at the nearby Bulahdelah Police Station returned a reading of 0.241. She’ll face Forster Local Court on December 19.

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FRUSTRATING LOSS FOR JETS W-LEAGUE SIDE

Jets W-League coach Craig Deans has lamented a frustrating loss for his side, that at times “lacked energy and commitment.” Brisbane won 1-nil, and it could’ve been more. Newcastle were just as, if not even more wasteful in front of goal, the decisive strike arriving for the Roar with a bit of luck. The result leaves the Jets in fifth on the ladder. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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MAN CHARGED OVER CLARENCE TOWN STABBING

A 32-year-old man has been charged over a stabbing at Clarence Town north of Newcastle. Emergency services were called to a unit on Grey Street at around 11 o’clock on Thursday night, where they found a 22-year-old man suffering stab wounds to his hands, hip and leg. The victim was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition. Following inquiries, a man was arrested nearby and charged with a string of offences, including two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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