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TRUCK CRASH CAUSES RAIL-LINE CLOSURE

Commuters were forced to pile onto buses on the Central Coast this morning, after a truck rolled, ending up on train tracks at Tuggerah. The line remains closed, with further delays expected this afternoon. Services were suspended between Wyong and Gosford just after 9 o’clock, with buses replacing trains. Commuters are advised to check the Transport NSW website for the latest updates. Video: Scott Kennedy

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MAN CHARGED OVER ARMED ROBBERY AT SHORTLAND

A 27-year-old man has been charged, after an alleged armed robbery earlier this week. It’s alleged he entered a bottle shop at Shortland and threatened the attendant with a firearm, before taking cash and speeding off with another man on a motorbike. Officers arrested him at a home in Jesmond yesterday. Police allegedly seized cash, firearms, and drugs while searching the property. A second man is still on the run. (VISION ONLY)

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NEWCASTLE-BRED SOCCEROO PASSES AWAY

Former Newcastle Breakers and Socceroos’ player Darren Stewart has passed away, aged 52. Stewart played 23 games for the Breakers during the early 1990s, along with three games for the national side. He was also successful in Asia, becoming the first Australian to win the Malaysia FA Cup in 1998, before moving into sports management. The Jets will wear black armbands in memory of the defender in their round one clash this weekend. (VISION ONLY)

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SEARCH FOR WOMAN MISSING FROM BRUNSWICK HEADS

Police are seeking the help of the public to locate a 28-year-old woman, missing on the state’s Far North Coast. Amy Friedman was last seen on a fire trail south of Brunswick Heads Surf Club, at around 8 o’clock on Tuesday morning. It wasn’t until late on Thursday afternoon that police were notified of her disappearance, with a search so far unable to locate the woman. She’s described as being of South American appearance, around 170cm tall, with a medium build, brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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MAN CHARGED OVER DEATH OF CENTRAL COAST WOMAN

A 48-year-old man has been charged with murder, after being arrested in Inverell over the death of Central Coast woman Leisl Smith. Smith was last seen leaving her Wallarah home in August of 2012, and her car was found abandoned at Tuggerah Railway Station more than a month later. Police conducted a number of searches at the time, including at properties at Wallarah, Brookfield, and on the Golden Highway at Merriwa. Late yesterday detectives arrested a 48-year-old man on the Gwydir Highway. He was taken to Inverell Police Station where he was charged with murder. Details in tonight’s news.

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BODY DISCOVERED IN UTE WEST OF COFFS HARBOUR

An investigation is underway after the body of a man was found in the back of a ute west of Coffs Harbour. Emergency services were flagged down by a woman driving a ute on Armidale Road at Dundurrabin at around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, when they discovered the 40-year-old’s body. He’d suffered a gunshot wound to his torso. The 37-year-old woman was arrested, before being released pending further inquiries. Officers are now forensically examining a home on Armidale Road. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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