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LABOR PROMISE 29 NEW POLICE OFFICERS FOR TAREE WINGHAM AND FORSTER

New South Wales Labor is promising 29 more officers for Taree, Wingham and Forster, should the party win next month’s state election. The political commitment is part of a $583 million investment to deliver 18,000 additional police officers across the state. Of 201 probationary constables who graduated from Goulbourn Police Academy today, one will be stationed on the Mid North Coast. Richmond Area Command also gets one, while Coffs-Clarence will receive two. (VISION ONLY)  

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MAN SUFFERS HEAD AND FACIAL INJURIES, POLICE APPEAL FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

Police are calling for witnesses as they continue to investigate how a 45-year-old man sustained serious head and facial injuries on the state’s Mid North Coast earlier this month. Around 9pm on February 1, a man was found on the side of River Street, at Woolgoolga, suffering significant head injuries. Emergency Services were contacted and he was taken to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital. He was then airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital where he remains in a serious condition. Police from the Coffs/Clarence Police District are investigating how the man received his injuries. In particular, officers would like to speak with the drivers of two vehicles travelling north on River Street, at about 8:45 to 8:50 that night. It is believed these two drivers may have seen the 45-year-old man before he sustained his injuries. The first vehicle is described …

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MAN CHARGED AFTER SENDING SEXUALISED MATERIAL TO TEENAGE GIRL

A 66-year-old man will face court on Friday after being charged with sending indecent and sexualised material to a teenage girl on the Coffs Coast. Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad began investigating, after reports a 15-year-old girl had received sexually-explicit messages from a man known to her. Detectives arrested the man at a home in Boambee East just after 2pm on Thursday. During a search of his home, police found mobile phones, electronic storage devices and documentation. These items were taken for forensic examination. He was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station, where he was charged. Police will allege that the man started having sexualised conversations with the girl through social media in January 2019.

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CHANCES OF FINDING MISSING BACKPACKERS ALIVE IS SLIM

The search for two backpackers missing from Port Macquarie’s Shelly Beach continued today. Resources have been dramatically scaled back, with local emergency crews searching areas closer to Bonny Hills and Laurieton. 20-year-old Englishman Hugo Palmer and his travelling buddy, 21-year-old French national Erwan Ferrieux haven’t been since Sunday. Police say given the timeframe, chances of finding the two men alive are slim.

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