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1000’S TURN UP FOR KNIGHTS SEASON LAUNCH

Thousands of Knights fans have turned out at McDonald Jones Stadium in the Hunter today, and it wasn’t even for a game – supporters desperate for a chance to meet some of the side’s new stars. After a short pre-season Chris Heighington has declared he’s ready to play big minutes, but knows that’ll be tough given the depth of young talent at the club – who he’s taken to mentoring.

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DRIVER HOSPITALISED AFTER CRASHING IN LAKE MACQUARIE POLICE PURSUIT

A man has allegedly posted speeds 40km/h above the limit in a stolen car during a police pursuit at Lake Macquarie last night. At around 1:30am, police were patrolling in Redhead after a stolen and burnt out vehicle was found on Redhead Road a short time earlier. They attempted to stop a gold Mazda driving on Heaney Lane, initiating a pursuit when the driver failed to stop. The pursuit travelled through Redhead, Belmont, Marks Point, Blacksmith and Swansea, during which police allege the vehicle reached speeds up to 140km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Pacific Highway. It ended when the Mazda crashed into a centre dividing barrier, and the driver and passenger, aged 18 and 22, were arrested at the scene. The driver was taken to hospital under police guard for a head injury suffered in the crash, while …

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P-PLATER ALLEGEDLY POSTS 209KM/H IN 110 ZONE

Police have recorded a P-plate driver allegedly speeding almost 100km/h over the limit on the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace. At around 10.30am yesterday, police say they recorded a utility being driven at 209km/h in a 110km/h zone. The driver – an 18-year-old man – was arrested and later charged with driving recklessly, exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h, and not displaying P-plates. The man, from Raymond Terrace, was also alleged to have breached his bail conditions, and his licence was suspended on the spot. He is scheduled to appear at Raymond Terrace Local Court in April.

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GOLD COAST WOMAN CHARGED OVER ALLEGED STABBING

A woman is in a Gold Coast hospital in a serious condition after being stabbed overnight. Police responded to reports of an incident at a residence on Snowgum Court in Burleigh Waters just after 8:30pm. They arrived to find a 56-year-old woman with a number of wounds to her torso and arm, and she was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition. Police took a 58-year-old Burleigh Waters woman into custody, and she was charged with one count of grievous bodily harm.

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RELATIONS ON EDGE WITHIN THE COALITION

‘Inept, unnecessary and causing further harm’ – Barnaby Joyce has savaged the Prime Minister’s reaction to his affair in an extraordinary media conference, effectively sparking a war between the leaders, and within the Coalition. Malcolm Turnbull has tried to calm the situation – but even cabinet ministers are criticising BOTH leaders.

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