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FIREARMS STOLEN FROM HUNTER PROPERTY

Guns and ammunition have been stolen from a property near Paterson, in the Hunter region. The Martins Creek Road property was the target of a break-in on Friday morning before thieves escaped with the firearms including a .222 calibre rifle. Anyone with information is urged to contact local police.

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WRITERS FESTIVAL EXPANDS TO CESSNOCK

The Newcastle Writers Festival will expand to the Hunter Valley for the first time. Several childrens authors will journey to Cessnock this year, sharing their stories with hundreds of school students. More than 130 writers feature in the schedule for the April event, and around two-thirds of the program will be free-of-charge. “We’re really committed to that, that enables people from all walks of life to come along and not have to put their hand in their pocket.” The state government has contributed $70,000 towards the festival. Tickets are now on sale. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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CHARGES LAID OVER ALLEGED PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF COUNTERFEIT MONEY

Two people have been charged over the alleged production and distribution of counterfeit money. Police arrested two people and searched a hotel room in the Lake Macquarie suburb of Gateshead. The 20 year-old man and 24 year-old woman were allegedly producing counterfeit $50 notes and using them at several businesses within Port Stephens-Hunter, Newcastle City and Lake Macquarie. A search of the room allegedly discovered equipment used for the making of the counterfeit currencies. The pair were bailed to appear at Belmont Local Court next month.

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FRONTLINE HOBBIES MOVES FLAGSHIP STORE

A Newcastle institution has become the latest casualty of the light rail construction. After 40 years in the CBD, Frontline Hobbies will relocate its main business to Broadmeadow. Managing Director Colin Scott says his trade has suffered due to the city’s construction boom, and it’s unsustainable in its current form. The Hunter Street store will continue to operate, at reduced capacity.

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