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FOURTH DAY INTO MISSING BOYS SEARCH

The search for an 11-year-old boy feared drowned at a Port Macquarie beach has now entered its fourth day.   The recovery mission was scaled back late yesterday leaving Surf Lifesaving crews to search shore lines from Lighthouse to Bonny Hills beach. Marine rescue and crews at patrolled beaches continued to search on water. Crews will again set out at first light tomorrow. (VISION ONLY)

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DRIVER CHARGED UNDER SKYE’S LAW AFTER ALLEGED TAREE PURSUIT

The driver of a vehicle involved in an police pursuit on the Mid North Coast has allegedly posted speeds of up to 100km/h in 50km zones. Police say they attempted to stop a stolen red Mazda on Comboyne Road in Taree just after 5am today, but the driver allegedly sped away. A pursuit followed through Wingham, where the alleged speeds of 100km/h in 50km zones was recorded, before road spikes brought the car chase to an end. Among other offences, a 35-year-old man was charged with Skye’s Law and aggravated break and enter, while a 22-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man were also charged with aggravated break and enter.

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SOUTHERLY WIND HITS CRESCENT HEAD FIRE

Residents living near the bush fire burning at Crescent Head face an uneasy night, even though the fire has once again been downgraded to ‘advice’ level. A southerly wind is pushing the fire north, edging closer to homes. The Rural Fire Service is warning people to take extra precautions, with the wind changing unpredictably. Back burning along Maria River Road, and Illa-Langi Road is being under taken by the R-F-S. (VISION ONLY)

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SEARCHES CONTINUE IN HOPE TO LOCATE MISSING BOY

There’s still no sign of a missing boy feared drowned at Port Macquarie. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter suspended its aerial search this afternoon and returned to Sydney. Surf Life Savers will resume the search along the shore line from Lighthouse Beach to Bonny Hills at dawn. While a water search will continue at patrolled beaches. The 11-year-old boy visiting from Canberra with his family, was swept away in a rip on Wednesday afternoon. (VISION ONLY)

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UPDATED CRIME REPORT FOR THE NSW STATE

The mid north coast’s crime report card for the past two years is in. Updated statistics show drug crimes increased in the region over 2015-2016. Amphetamine possession rose by around 50 per cent in both Kempsey and Port Macquarie Hastings areas, with a small increase further south as well. Cannabis charges jumped in the Manning- Great Lakes. But there was good news, with a drop in car thefts – despite police working smarter. “We have an automatic number plate recognition system which actually detects stolen vehicles, it reads number plates of every vehicle and it can actually read six number plates per second,” said Chief Inspector Christine George. Assault and thefts dropped slightly in the Coffs-Clarence command during the same period. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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NO NEED FOR CONCERN AT OXLEY BEACH AFTER THE REMOVAL OF ASBESTOS

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has responded to fresh concerns surrounding the water quality at Oxley Beach. It says its removed exposed asbestos from the area, after the material was discovered following heavy rainfall in April 20-16. “Look we’re satisfied that its been remediated, the site and stabilised with the capping of the area, asbestos is problematic when it’s airborne but when its wet it’s not an issue” – Dan Croft, Port Macquarie Council. Council says despite there being no risk of contamination, it will continue to monitor the area. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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