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SOHO RESTAURANT FINED $20,000 FOR OPERATING AS A NIGHTCLUB

A Newcastle restaurant has been fined $20,000 after it was found to be illegally operating as a nightclub under NSW liquor laws. Former licensees Sean Driver and Samuel Luke have been convicted and fined over offences relating to selling and supplying liquor contrary to authority at the Soho restaurant on Darby Street. The convictions come about as a result of an investigation by Liquor & Gaming NSW, after concerns that the business – which has a restaurant licence – was trading as a nightclub. The investigation found the lower level of the restaurant empty, while the upstairs area was full with 80 to 100 people, drinking and dancing in a nightclub-style environment. It follows a revocation of the venue’s primary service authorisation in December last year, when it was found that the business model resulted in an unacceptable level of …

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CHILDREN IN HAMILTON PARK WITNESS INDECENT ACT

Police are seeking help to find a man who exposed himself to children playing in a Newcastle park last night. The children were playing in Smith Park in Hamilton North between 6.30pm and 7.15pm, while their parents were seated a short distance away. A male of Caucasian appearance with dark hair was seen sitting in a dark blue vehicle watching the children. Police say the driver’s side door was open and the man was committing an indecent act. When one of the children informed her parents, the father attempted to approach the vehicle, but the man drove off on Boreas Road.

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APPEAL TO LOCATE MAN AFTER GIRL APPROACHED IN METFORD

Police are appealing for information after a teenage girl was approached by a man while walking along a Hunter Valley street last Friday. The 15-year-old was walking on Streeton Drive at the intersection of Whitely Avenue in Metford just before 4pm, when a white utility pulled up alongside her. Police say the male driver spoke to the girl before driving off along Streeton Drive. He has been described as being aged in is his 60s with a skinny build, grey/white hair and wearing a grey or white shirt. Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact Crime Stoppers.

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EROSION WOES PROMPT COUNCIL TO LOOK FOR NEW SITE

Newcastle City Council is searching for a long-term site in Stockton as it looks to relocate a childcare centre.   Rough seas and high tides recently caused significant erosion behind the Mission Australia-operated facility. “What we are focusing on now is identifying a piece of land, it will take over 12 months to construct a premises for a childcare centre.”  (Newcastle Council CEO, Jeremy Bath)   A temporary outdoor playground to the south of the building is being set up for the centre’s 43 children.  

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MAN CHARGED OVER A SPATE OF THEFTS FROM HUNTER VEHICLES

A man will face Toronto Local Court, charged over the theft of items from motor vehicles in the Hunter Region. The items were stolen from the Valentine, Jewells, Gateshead and Belmont North areas. Police also say the thefts involved a stolen vehicle. As a result of investigations, a 23-year-old man was arrested outside a home in Mount Hutton about 8am today. He’s been charged with a range of offences, including taking a vehicle without consent of owner, driving while disqualified, three counts of larceny, and custody of a knife in public place.

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