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20-YEAR-OLD MAN RECOVERING IN HOSPITAL AFTER LATE NIGHT NEWCASTLE ASSAULT

A 20-year-old man remains in a serious condition in hospital with a fractured skull, after he was knocked unconscious during an assault in Newcastle. Just before midnight on Saturday a white Holden Commodore approached a pedestrian on Union Lane. A man got out of the car and punched a 20-year-old in the face, causing him to fall to the ground and lose consciousness. Officers stopped the Commodore a short distance away, questioning both the driver and passenger. Both were released without charge. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000.

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UNREGISTERED FIREARMS FOUND IN POLICE SEARCH NEAR MOREE

Police have seized a number of firearms, after a search at Weemelah near Moree last week. Officers searched a property on Sandholes Road on Thursday, when it’s alleged they located four rifles and two shotguns, as well as ammunition and more than 800 litres of diesel. Further inquiries found none of the firearms were registered. Investigations are ongoing, with police expecting to lay charges.

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STAFF THREATENED WITH BASEBALL BATS DURING LAMBTON ROBBERY

Police are seeking help from the public, after a licensed premises in the Newcastle suburb of Lambton was robbed on Saturday night. A group of males armed with baseball bats allegedly forced their way into the Elder Street venue around 10pm on Saturday, threatening staff. The group stole cash before leaving. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000.

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MITCHELL PEARCE EXPECTED TO MISS 16 WEEKS

Knights officials say scans have confirmed that Mitchell Pearce suffered a ruptured pectoral muscle in last night’s win over the Tigers. He’ll see a shoulder specialist this week to arrange surgery and is expected to be sidelined for approximately 16 weeks. Also last night, the Cowboys edged out the Titans, while Newcastle’s fill-in halfback set up the winning try in the dying stages.

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OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE GANG MEMBER FACES COURT

A Lone Wolf outlaw motorcycle gang member, has faced court on property and weapons charges. Police allege they uncovered stolen goods worth more than $100,000, inside a Chinderah Bay Drive home. It’s alleged they later found another $70,000 worth of stolen goods, inside a nearby Kingscliff storage unit. The 41-year-old will reappear before Tweed Heads Local Court, on Wednesday.

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