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UPDATING NBN NEWS

In NBN News tonight at six. A pilot dies as his light plane crashes before bursting into flames on a suburban Melbourne street. A father faces court, accused of killing his 5 year old son in Sydney’s north-west. The boy died in hospital yesterday, despite his grandmother’s desperate efforts to save him. And in the NRL the Rabbitohs overcome the Titans, 18 points to 16 on the Gold Coast. All those stories and more in NBN News tonight at six

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TWO CYCLISTS COLLIDE ON NEW SOUTH WALES NORTH COAST

A female cyclist has been airlifted to hospital after she collided with another cyclist near Lennox Head on the New South Wales North Coast. Emergency services were called to the scene on the Pacific Motorway at Knockrow, at around 10:30 this morning, after reports two cyclists travelling south had crashed. The female rider was treated for head and spinal injuries, before being flown to Gold Coast University Hospital. A second female rider was taken by road to Lismore Base Hospital.

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NBN NEWS ARCHIVE: 2007 NEWCASTLE FLASH FLOODING

11-years-on from the East Coast Low that wreaked havoc across the Hunter and Central Coast, we continue our look back into the NBN News archive. The storm brought with it more than 200 millimetres of rain, while wind speeds peaked in Newcastle at 124 kilometres an hour. The intensity of the storm lead to flash flooding across much of the region. What are your memories of the storm?

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NEWCASTLE MAN AVOIDS JAIL OVER FATAL CRASH

A young Newcastle man has avoided jail over a crash that claimed the life of his friend. 21-year-old Cody Stanley was today given an 18-month intensive corrections order, with a number of strict conditions. In January 2016, Stanley lost control of his Holden Commodore and smashed into another vehicle at Maryland – killing his front seat passenger, 20-year-old Dylan Carey.

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TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING NORTHERN RIVERS POLICE SEARCH

Two people have been arrested, after police allegedly seized cannabis and a rifle during a search in the New South Wales Northern Rivers. Officers searched a property at Lindendale, near Lismore, at around lunchtime yesterday, allegedly uncovering almost a kilogram and a half of cannabis, two large cannabis plants and a .22 calibre revolver. A 51-year-old woman, and a 52-year-old man were arrested at the property, and charged with several offences including take part in the cultivation of cannabis and possess cannabis. The pair was granted bail to appear in court next month.

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FINDINGS RELEASED INTO HUNTER VALLEY BALLOON CRASH

A report has found low cloud and fog contributed to a balloon crash in the Hunter Valley in March. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has handed down its preliminary findings on the incident, saying the weather conditions were factors in the pilot not being able to see his landing site. The balloon’s basket slammed into trees near McDonalds Road at Pokolbin, injuring 16 people, three of them seriously. The investigation continues. (VISION ONLY)

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GAV’S SURF: SATURDAY MORNING THE PICK

Saturday morning is looking like the best option over the weekend, with a dropping tide helping reveal those open beach breaks. The swell isn’t going to be big, but you can expect it to be clean thanks to westerly winds. A southerly change will come through on Sunday. Your local wave magnets will be the go to maximise the swell, along with some of the region’s reef breaks.

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