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A RASH OF GRAFFITI AND VEHICLE DAMAGE HITS GRAFTON

A spike in theft and graffiti related crimes in the Grafton area has police asking the public to report any suspicious activity. Between Wednesday and Saturday last week, police received over 30 reports of damage to motor vehicles, with some vehicles also being broken into and stolen from. A number of public places have been damaged by graffiti in the same period, while a sports club has been broken into. A 13-year-old boy has been charged with a number of related offences. Police say more arrests are expected.

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ORCHIDS IMPRESS AT FIRST LASIANDRA SHOW

The aroma and colour of some of the world’s most exotic flowers filled Wauchope RSL today, for the inaugural Lasiandra Festival Orchid Show. It was the Hastings River Orchid Society’s first Autumn show in years. “We’ve got the members now that have got the plants, and we also have other members from other societies that have come over and brought their plants – we’ve got nearly 200 plants on the bench,” Secretary Greg Elliott said. Paul Sloan won top prize for his stunning purple bloom.

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HARMONY DAY SUCCESS FOR COFFS HARBOUR

Thousands of people flocked to Coffs Harbour’s¬†Harmony Day celebrations today, held in the city’s Botanic Garden. The multicultural event, which celebrates the diversity of the Coffs Coast, is now an annual feature. Popular with the audience, was this African band and dance group, which had the crowd moving to the beat. Cultural dress-up has also become an important part of Harmony Day celebrations.

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