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BEN SIMMONS SETTING MORE RECORDS

Ben Simmons and his Philadelphia 76ers, are on the verge of qualifying for the next round of the NBA playoffs, beating Miami 106 to 102 in game four. The Australian became the first Sixer rookie to record a triple-double in the post-season, finishing with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Philadelphia can wrap up the best-of-seven series against the Heat on Wednesday.

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EQUIPMENT STOLEN FROM NORTH COAST TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITY

Police are investigating after an alleged break, enter and steal incident from a telecommunications facility at Piggabeen, on the New South Wales North Coast. Officers were alerted to the break-in at the Tomewin Mountain Road site around 9:30 this morning, after receiving information about an illegal entry. Upon arrival police canvassed the area, however, no one was located. A number of batteries, a laptop and hard drives were stolen. Investigations into the break-in are ongoing, including possible links to a similar incident in January. Police have released images of a man they believe can assist with inquiries.

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WOMAN ARRESTED IN LAKE MACQUARIE PURSUIT

A 26-year-old woman has been arrested, after an overnight police pursuit through the Lake Macquarie suburb of Windale. Police attempted to stop a Holden Commodore around 1am this morning, after it allegedly travelled at speed and failed to give way at the intersection of Lachlan and Oxley Streets. Officers began a short pursuit, before the driver fled the car on foot into bushland off Cherry Street. With the assistance of the Police dog unit, a 26-year-old woman was located and arrested. She was charged with multiple offences, including driving when license suspended, and will face court later today.

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GROUP OF CHILDREN APPROACHED AT LAKE MACQUARIE

Police are appealing for information after five children were approached by a man at Morisset Park at Lake Macquarie on Saturday afternoon. Officers have been told a man stopped his car near the group on Lakeview Road around 3pm, inviting them to pat his pet Chihuahua. The group declined and alerted police. The man is described as being aged in his 70s, with short grey hair and wearing a dark long-sleeved shirt. The dog is described as a small cream-coloured Chihuahua. He was driving a white Toyota Corolla with purple tinted windows. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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23-YEAR-OLD INJURED AFTER FALLING FROM UTE NEAR CESSNOCK

A 23-year-old man remains in a critical condition in hospital, after falling from the back of a ute at Bellbird in the Hunter region. The man fell from the Toyota Hilux around 1:30 this morning, as the ute turned into Atkinson Street. He sustained severe head injuries and was taken to John Hunter Hospital. The driver, a 25-year-old man was subjected to a roadside breath test where he returned a reading of 0.098. He was arrested and charged with multiple offences including dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and will face court in June.

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QUIRINDI’S SAM CARTER RETURNS TO ACT BRUMBIES STARTING TEAM

Quirindi’s Sam Carter is set to make his return to the starting side tomorrow, as the ACT Brumbies host the Jaguars at Canberra Stadium. In his comeback from concussion, the second-rower has spent the previous two matches coming off the bench for the Brumbies, with the co-captain returning to the starting 15 for the first time in five weeks. And it’s a timely return at that, with fellow co-captain Christian Lealiifano set to be rested, meaning Carter will skipper the team outright. The match in Canberra kicks-off at 4pm tomorrow. PLEASE NOTE: AUDIO UNAVAILABLE.  

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