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60 STOLEN DIRTBIKES SEIZED AT CESSNOCK

Police say they’ve rounded up 60 stolen or illegal dirtbikes at Cessnock in just four months. Operation Rider began in June, encouraging members of the public to report illegal dirtbike activity. Some of the bikes confiscated were unregistered, or have faulty and dangerous parts. Several arrests have also been made. People can still come forward with information about stolen dirtbikes via Crime Stoppers. (audio in parts)

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COUPLE THREATENED IN SWANSEA HOME INVASION

There was a terrifying home invasion at Lake Macquarie overnight, in which a couple was threatened with a firearm. Three men forced their way into the home on Tomlin Place at Swansea just after midnight. They made off with cash, jewellery and a wallet in what’s believed to be a white Volkswagen Jetta. No one was injured, with police now hoping to track down the three men. One of the men is described as being of Caucasian appearance, around 185cm tall and with a thin build.

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TWO INJURED IN HUNTER VALLEY CRASH

Two people have been seriously injured in an overnight crash in the Hunter Valley. Emergency services including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter were called to the scene on Lake Road at Elrington near Cessnock, at around 7:30 on Sunday night. Initial reports suggest a westbound Toyota Hilux collided head-on with a Mitsubishi Pajero. The driver of the Hilux, a 26-year-old man was flown to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition. An 18-year-old woman, who was behind the wheel of the Pajero was taken to Hospital by road. Two others escaped serious injury. An investigation into the crash is underway.

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THOUSANDS ENJOY LAKE MAC’S ‘BIG WEEKEND’

Superboats, stuntplanes and jetskis have thrilled thousands of people, who lined the shores of Lake Macquarie for the city’s ‘big weekend’. After an overcast start yesterday, numbers picked up today – with locals and visitors enjoying the high-octane action from multiple vantage points. Local Superboat driver Darren Nicholson and co-driver Peter McGrath took out both the ‘Aus-1’ and ‘Supercat Extreme’ divisions, this afternoon. (VISION ONLY)

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CALLS FOR LAW CHANGES AFTER DEATH OF PREGNANT WOMAN

The New South Wales Government is under pressure tonight following the death of a woman, weeks after a high-speed crash at Lake Macquarie. The 32-year-old was pregnant when she was a passenger in a stolen car, that ploughed into a service station at Charlestown last month. Her death has intensified calls for unborn children to be recognised by law.

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WHARF ROAD CARPARK TO CLOSE AHEAD OF SUPERCARS

The countdown to the Newcastle 500 is well and truly on, with the first signs of track construction to begin this week. From tomorrow morning, the Wharf Road carpark next to Foreshore Park will be closed to the public. Commuters are being encouraged to use Newcastle Council’s park and ride service from McDonald Jones Stadium, as sections of the CBD close in the coming weeks. (VISION ONLY)

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