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ARMED ROBBERY AT BLACKSMITH GROCERY STORE

Two men are on the run following an armed robbery in Blacksmiths this morning. Police say at around 6am, the pair entered a Turea Street grocery store armed with a screw driver and wooden stick, demanding money from the shop assistant. The men fled in a silver car with a small amount of cash. Police are asking anyone who may have seen a man in a orange jumper, grey pants, and a face covering, as well as a man wearing a yellow jumper, dark shorts and his face covered to contact Belmont Police or Crime Stoppers.

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POLICE SHUTDOWN NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

The National Parks and Wildlife Service will block access to Dudley Beach on Sunday afternoon, following advice from police about an unauthorised New Year’s Eve party. The event was being planned on Facebook, with posts indicating people would bring large amounts of alcohol and fireworks. Organisers have since cancelled the party. Police are warning people not to attend, and say they’ll consider other measures such as implementing emergency alcohol free zones and a Public Safety Order, if necessary. (VISION ONLY)

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TWO ARRESTED IN HUNTER OMCG OPERATION

Strike Force police have arrested two men as part of ongoing investigations into Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in the Newcastle and Hunter Regions. Search warrants were executed at homes at Cameron Park and Chisholm, at around 6.30am today. Police allege they found prohibited drugs, cash and a prohibited weapon Two men, believed to be high ranking members of ‘The Finks’, were also arrested in relation to an alleged affray in Maitland earlier this month. Officers also conducted five Firearm Prohibition Order searches on members of the Finks, Rebels and Nomads OMCGs.

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DERELICT HOUSE DAMAGED BY FIRE

A derelict house at Stockton has been badly damaged by fire overnight. Fire fighters were called to the two-storey property on Crown Street, around 12:20 this morning. It took crews around 40 minutes to bring the blaze under control. Fortunately they were able to stop it from spreading to nearby homes. (VISION ONLY)

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LOTTO WIN THE PERFECT WAY TO START 2018

A Lake Macquarie woman has more than 100,000 reasons to celebrate the new year after winning 1st prize in a NSW Lotteries competition. The woman, from Croudace Bay, won $100,000 in the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot last Friday, after purchasing a ticket from a Belmont Newsagency on the Pacific Highway. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she plans to spend the windfall on her family and grandchildren. In addition to winning the $100,000 1st Prize, her entry of five consecutive numbers also won $1,000 in consolation prizes.

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