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DRY CONDITIONS TAKING A TOLL ON THE HUNTER

A bushfire is raging out of control in the Wollemi National Park, west of the Hunter. An emergency warning has been issued, with strong winds fanning the flames… People in the vicinity of Bakers Road and Putty Valley Road are being urged to take shelter. Across the Hunter today, firefighters were kept busy by smaller blazes.    

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STRIKE FORCE TO INVESTIGATE HUNTER SHOOTINGS

Police have formed a strike force to investigate several drive-by shootings in the Hunter. It comes after shots were fired into a house at Tenambit overnight for the second time in a month. No one was inside the property at the time. It follows a shooting at Gillieston Heights a fortnight ago. Strike Force Darnay will consider whether the shootings are related to outlaw motorcycle gangs.

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TWO MEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING ALLEGED CAR CRIME SPREE IN NEWCASTLE

Two men have been arrested after allegedly breaking into cars in Merewether and Hamilton South yesterday. Newcastle police were called to Hamilton East after a man was seen acting suspiciously around parked cars just before 9.30 on Tuesday morning. The 53-year-old man was arrested after officers seized a number of items allegedly stolen from cars Merewether and Hamilton South. Later that afternoon, police were again called following a report of a man loitering around vehicles in a car park in Frederick Street, Merewether. Police arrested a 47-year-old man when they found property allegedly stolen from two cars in the car park, as well cannabis. Both were charged with a string of offences and will face Newcastle Local Court in March.

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