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CCTV IMAGES RELEASED FOLLOWING GRAFTON BREAK-IN

CCTV images have been released by police as part of police investigations into a break-in at a Northern Rivers business. Police say the commercial premises on Bent Street in South Grafton was broken into shortly before 4am on Thursday. An air compressor and a generator were stolen. The images show three men, dressed in dark clothing and wearing hooded jumpers, who police believe may be able to assist with inquiries. A picture of a black hatchback has also been circulated.

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YAMBA SEARCH ALLEGEDLY REVEALS DRUGS AND FIREARMS

Illicit drugs and firearms have allegedly been discovered during a property search on the far north coast of the state. A search warrant was executed at a house on Treelands Drive in Yamba just after 9am yesterday. 10 cannabis plants, cannabis leaf, a .303 firearm and cash were all allegedly uncovered as a result. A 55-year-old man was arrested and charged with cultivating and supplying a prohibited plant, possessing an unregistered firearm, and dealing with proceeds of crime, among other charges. He will appear in Mclean Local Court next month.

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GAS EXPLOSION AT LISMORE TURF CLUB

A man is in hospital with severe burns following a gas explosion in Lismore this morning. Emergency services received a triple 0 call shortly after 8am this morning. Witnesses described hearing a loud bang following by flames in the canteen of the Lismore Turf Club. NSW Ambulance media said a man, believed to be in his 30s, was treated for significant burns to his legs, face, arms and head. He initially transported to the Lismore Base Hospital, and transferred to a Brisbane hospital shortly after. Police say early indications are that a gas leak caused the explosion. Several fire crews, including Hazmat responded, extinguishing the blaze within half an hour.

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PINK TRADIE TUESDAY

Volunteers from Lismore cancer charity Jodie’s Inspiration have been tickled pink by the fundraising efforts of tradies across the region. More than one hundred businesses took part in Pink Tradie Tuesday, raising vital money for the oncology units at Lismore Base and St Vincent’s Hospitals. “Everybody’s in pink, they’ve put on pink hats, pink tutus, ties, flouro vests, all in pink, everything’s in pink” With Lismore and Richmond Valley councils on board, organisers say today’s effort will almost double that of last year’s inaugural event. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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FIERY CRASH ENDS GRATON POLICE PURSUIT

Police were hot on the tail of a driver near Grafton this morning, but called off their chase moments before the car slammed into another and burst into flames. The fiery crash forced the closure of the Pacific Highway at Ulmarra for several hours. Both drivers were taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital, and somehow escaped serious injury.

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L-PLATER ALLEGEDLY 70KPH OVER THE LIMIT IN LISMORE SCHOOL ZONE

A Learner motorcyclist has allegedly posted a speed of 110km/h in a 40km/h school zone on the Far North Coast. At around 9:30am yesterday, police were monitoring vehicle speeds on Hindmarsh Street in Lismore, when they detected the rider. Police stopped the man, and conducted a roadside breath test, which returned a negative result. The 18-year-old driver’s licence was suspended, and he was issued with a $2530 infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit in the school zone by more than 45km/h.

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STUDENTS BRIEFLY TRAPPED IN SCHOOL BUS AFTER CRASH WITH CAR

15 students have been trapped in a bus after it was involved in a crash with a car on the Tweed. The incident happened shortly before 3:30pm yesterday, on Wharf Street in Tweed Heads. The students were released by emergency services, and there were no reports of injuries. A 40-year-old female passenger in the car was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, but the driver of the car and another male passenger reportedly fled the scene before police arrived. A 24-year-old man was arrested at a home shortly after, and was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

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