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SEVERE STORMS SMASH NORTHERN NSW

SES volunteers were kept busy on Saturday with the Northern Rivers battered by a series of severe storm cells. Crews responded to more than 70 jobs including 16 at Lismore, with the majority related to fallen trees and leaking roofs. Further north, the coastal village of Pottsville recorded 112 millimetres in the 24 hours to 9am this morning. While residents at Urbanville, north-west of Kyogle, reported hail stones the size of golf balls. The storms forced the cancellation of a number of events including at the Lismore Speedway. (VISION ONLY)

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MAN DISQUALIFIED TILL 2054 ARRESTED IN STATE’S NORTH

A man, who was disqualified from driving until 2054 has been arrested in the state’s north, as part of an investigation into a police pursuit at Tweed Heads earlier this year. Specialist police searched a home on Railway Street at South Murwillumbah in the early hours of Sunday morning, where they found a 27-year-old man hiding in a closet. He was charged with a number of offences including two outstanding warrants, and will face Tweed Heads Bail Court later today.

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SEVERE STORMS BATTER NORTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES

Parts of the Northern Rivers wore the full force of mother nature last night, with the region battered by severe storms. Josi de Graaf shared this video of the hail at Lawrence on the Clarence River, while further north, the coastal village of Pottsville recorded 112 millimetres in the 24 hours to 9am this morning. Other notable totals included 97 millimetres at Ballina, 98 millimetres at Houghlahans Creek north of Alstonville, and more than 50 millimetres at Byron Bay. The SES responded to more than 70 jobs including 16 in Lismore, with the majority related to fallen trees and leaking roofs. Residents at Urbanville also reported gold ball sized hail at around 3:30 in the afternoon. Did you capture the storm as it passed through?

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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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SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS BATTER NORTHERN NSW

Parts of the Northern Rivers wore the full force of mother nature last night, with the region battered by severe storms. Josi de Graaf shared this video of the hail at Lawrence on the Clarence River, while further north, the coastal village of Pottsville recorded 112 millimetres in the 24 hours to 9am this morning. Other notable totals included 97 millimetres at Ballina, 98 millimetres at Houghlahans Creek north of Alstonville, and more than 50 millimetres at Byron Bay. The SES responded to more than 70 jobs including 16 in Lismore, with the majority related to fallen trees and leaking roofs. Residents at Urbanville also reported gold ball sized hail at around 3:30 in the afternoon. Did you capture the storm as it passed through?

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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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