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TWO INJURED IN VIOLENT HOME INVASION

Two men have been left with cuts and abrasions after a violent home invasion near Newcastle. Police say two heavily disguised men, armed with a meat cleaver and an iron bar entered the property on Maitland Road at Mayfield West just after 6 o’clock last night, becoming involved in a physical altercation. The intruders left the home while the two injured men, aged 19 and 22 were admitted to John Hunter Hospital. Police are investigating.

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ISLINGTON SKATE BOWL WITH A STUDENT’S TOUCH

Year Four students from Islington Public School got the chance to be artists for the day, helping to design a mural at the local skate bowl. The initiative, driven by the Rotary Club of Newcastle Enterprise, hopes the children will see the creative use of street art as an anti-graffiti tool. All the images…inspired by how they feel when they ‘drop’ into the bowl. (VISION ONLY)

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‘HANDS ACROSS THE SANDS’ PROTEST IN NEWCASTLE

More than 400 people have joined hands at Nobbys Beach, in protest against off shore gas and oil exploration. They’re calling on the government to invest in clean energy, following recent seismic testing off Newcastle’s coast. “Biodiversity, thriving ecosystem, tourism, jobs and fishing jobs there’s absolutely so many things at stake that asset energy and offshore gas fields jeopardise,” Johanna Lynch from Hunter Community Environment Centre says. The Hands Across the Sand event is part of more than a dozen similar protests across the country. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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CHARGES LAID OVER STRING OF BREAK AND ENTERS ACROSS NEWCASTLE AND LAKE MACQUARIE

A man has been charged in relation to a string of alleged aggravated break and enters across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Following an ongoing investigation, police stopped a vehicle on Hunter Street at Newcastle, around lunchtime on Friday, arresting a 40-year-old man and taking him to a home on Prince Street at Waratah. Officers then executed a search warrant at the property, allegedly locating clothing and tools used during the offences, as well as stolen laptops and steroids. The 40-year-old was charged with multiple offences including five counts of aggravated break and enter in company. He was refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court today.

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FRIGHTENING SCENES ON M1

There were frightening scenes on the M1, west of Newcastle this afternoon, with a B-double truck clipping a guard rail and almost tipping over. The incident occured around three o’clock, just north of the Hunter Expressway interchange. The rig eventually came to rest – upright – in the breakdown lane.

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HUNTER MAN SENTENCED OVER NEW ENGLAND HIGHWAY CRASH

A Hunter man will spend at least a year and three months behind bars, over a fatal crash on the New England Highway in 2016. David James Price from Butterwick was sentenced in Newcastle District Court today, two months after a jury found him guilty of dangerous and negligent driving occasioning death. 30-year-old Daniel Milne died when Price’s truck ran into the back of his vehicle at Beresfield.

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