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QUEEN’S BATON RELAY TO ARRIVE ON THE COFFS COAST TOMORROW

The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to pay a fleeting visit to the Coffs Coast tomorrow. In Bellingen, the baton will be carried from St Mary’s Primary School, arriving for a community celebration in the town centre just after 2pm. It will be a dramatic entrance in Coffs Harbour, with the baton flown in by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter at 4.40pm. It will then journey from the Jetty to City Square, arriving at 5:30. On Friday the relay visits Macksville, Kempsey and Forster.

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MANSLAUGHTER CASE DISMISSED

The man previously charged with the 20-15 manslaughter of Kyle Watkins will NOT be re-trialled. Tyson Egan faced court in December last year over the one-punch death of his long-time friend, on a night out in Coffs Harbour. The six-day trial ended with a hung jury – divided over whether the punch Egan inflicted could be considered self-defence. The Director of Public Prosecutions says there’ll be no further proceedings in the case. Egan acknowledged the support of his family and friends in a post on social media.

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YACHT CATCHES FIRE AT PORT MACQUARIE’S MARINA

 Investigations are underway into what sparked a fire inside a yacht at Port Macquarie’s Marina this morning.   Fire and rescue crews were called to the scene just after 10 o’clock.   “On arrival we found the galley and kitchen area alight within the yacht. Fire crews were quick to get to work and extinguish that fire and we have limited the spread of the fire to the adjoining vessels and to only within the kitchen” – Gavin Muller – Port Macquarie Fire and Rescue’s Station Officer. A special hazard team was called in to remove the high levels of carbon monoxide. At this stage the cause of the fire is unknown but substantial damage was caused to the boat’s interior. (AUDIO IN PARTS)  

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WINGHAM HOUSE GUTTED BY A BLAZE THIS MORNING.

Meanwhile, fire crews were also kept busy in Wingham this morning, when a house went up in flames.   It took three units to extinguish the fire which broke out just before 7 o’clock.   “I didn’t think they were going to get it out, it was pretty intense, smoke was starting to come from the side of the house to underneath the roof so thought it was maybe going completely through the house,” says Sarah Williams. Police say they are still determining the cause of the blaze, which caused extensive damage. Luckily, no one was injured. (AUDIO IN PARTS)  

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