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SEVERE FLASH STORMS LASH THE NEW ENGLAND

Meanwhile, severe storms have lashed the region this afternoon, with reports of roofs being blown off homes in Gunnedah and trees being uprooted in Manilla, Walcha and Tamworth. The heavy rain hit just after 2 o’clock, with wind gusts of more than 95 kilometres an hour recorded in Gunnedah. More severe thunderstorms are forecast for this evening, with the Bureau of Meteorology extending its weather warning to parts of the Northern Tablelands. Tonight’s opening concert in Bicentennial Park will still go ahead. (NO AUDIO)

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THE LIVERPOOL PLAINS AT TOP OF BAIRD’S ACHIEVEMENT LIST

Mike Baird’s resignation has sent waves through the New England region, with local members spending the day reflecting on his government’s achievements. Last year’s $220-million dollar buy-back of the B-H-P Caroona site was at the top of Mr Baird’s accomplishment’s list. “Looking after the soils of the Liverpool Plains purchasing back that coal license at Caroona I think is a hall mark achievement,” he said. Members have also praised the outgoing Premier for fast-tracking several hospital re-developments across the region, including Tamworth, Armidale and Inverell. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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THREE CHARGED WITH DRUG SUPPLY FOLLOWING RAIDS IN MOREE

Police have charged three men with drug supply offences, following raids in the Moree area. Strike Force SASSAFRA searched nine properties in Moree and Ashley this week, seizing large sums of cash, firearms, drugs and drug paraphernalia. They also allegedly seized multiple vehicles during the raids including a motorbike, a quad bike and a boat, believed to be proceeds of crime. On Tuesday, officers searched seven homes in the Ashley area and arrested two men aged 34 and 23. They’ve been charged with ongoing supply of a prohibited drug and participating in a criminal group and will face court next week. On Wednesday, officers conducted another two raids in Moree, where a 24-year-old man was arrested. He was charged with ongoing supply of a prohibited drug and participating in a criminal group. He was refused bail due to face Moree …

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