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BEACHED WHALE BURIED AT NOBBY’S BEACH

A deceased whale that washed up on Nobby’s Beach in Port Macquarie has been buried. Council was initially in charge of organising the removal and had plans to tow it back out to sea. Difficult weather conditions however meant the 20 tonne animal was unable to be moved. Instead it was buried in a deep hole on the beach. The decision was made in consultation with ORCCA, and National Parks and Wildlife. With high numbers of shark sightings, Port Macquarie beaches are still closed until further notice. (VISION ONLY)

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SECOND MAN CHARGED OVER ALLEGED ATTEMPTED ROBBERY

An 18-year-old man has been charged over armed robberies in the Coffs Clarence area. The Coffs Harbour man was arrested last Sunday in relation to an attempted robbery at the Sawtell Bowling Club on July 22. He was also charged with two further armed robberies that occurred at a video store and supermarket in Coffs Harbour earlier in July. The man has been refused bail and will appear before Coffs Harbour Local Court next month. A 29-year-old man remains before the court in relation to the same incidents.

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DEAD WHALE WASHED ASHORE AT PORT MACQUARIE

A devastating ending for a humpback whale which was freed from fishing rope off Port Macquarie yesterday. The 18-tonne mammal has since died, washing ashore at Nobbys Beach this morning. Port Macquarie Council is now in the process of organising land based disposal of its carcass. Meanwhile, all beaches from Town Beach to Lighthouse Beach were forced to close due to increased shark sightings. (VISION ONLY)

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UP TO 50 BINS DAMAGED IN COFFS-CLARENCE REGION

Two men were arrested after up to 50 bins were damaged in the Coffs/Clarence area. Police say a vehicle was driving through the Maclean, Palmers Beach and Yamba areas, damaging garbage bins at around 8:30pm last night. An 18-year-old and a 19-year-old were arrested, but later released pending further inquiries. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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BLAZE SPARKS RAPID RESPONSE

Fire crews were quick top respond when a fire erupted in bushland just south of Coffs Harbour’s Southern Cross Univeristy campus late this morning. Crews from the city and Sawtell arrived to find the tinder dry bushland opposite John Paul College well alight and a heavy plume of black smoke spiralling into the air. Luckily they were able to bring in under control in around 20 minutes. It’s believed to have started at a log in the centre of a clearing about 50 metres from Hogbin Drive.

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DRIVER CHARGED AFTER PASSENGER KILLED IN CAR CRASH

A woman will face a charge of negligent driving causing death, after her passenger died in a car crash on the Mid North Coast earlier this year. Police say the male passenger, aged 31, died when a Nissan Navara utility left the roadway and struck a tree, on the Pacific Highway at Heron’s Creek near Port Macquarie in July. The female driver was uninjured in the crash, and was taken to Port Macquarie Hospital for observation. The 32-year-old driver from Queensland has now been charged with negligent driving causing death and will face Tweed Heads Local Court on 30 October.

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