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FLU SEASON PEAKS FOR HUNTER-NEW ENGLAND

As winter draws to a close for another year, this August has been officially named the worst on record for flu cases. 35,670 cases were confirmed across the state, with just over 6-thousand of those in the Hunter-New England Local Health District. That’s almost double the flu cases in the region last year.   (VISION ONLY)

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MARSHALL TO MEET WITH NSW POLICE COMMISSIONER

Meanwhile the Member for Northern Tablelands says Inverell’s police station could also be in line for a major upgrade, sooner rather than later. Adam Marshall has confirmed he will travel to Sydney next month with Mayor Paul Harmon, to meet with New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller. Plans for a 24-hour station have been on the table for a number of years. Last year police minister Troy Grant toured the facility, but no firm commitment has been made. The station was built in the 1960s to cater for 14 officers, but it now houses around 50 police. (VISION ONLY)

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CRITICAL INCIDENT INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED NEAR TAMWORTH

A critical incident investigation is underway following the death of a man in a head-on collision between a car and truck north of Tamworth today. Around 8.45, police were in pursuit of a stolen ute on the New England Highway near Bendemeer, when the ute collided with a truck. The driver of the car died at the scene. The truck driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital for mandatory tests. On impact the truck’s cabin burst into flames, sparking a grassfire. RFS and Fire and Rescue NSW Firefighters are at the scene. The highway is expected to remain closed in both directions for most of the day.

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MAN ARRESTED BY SEX CRIMES SQUAD

A 29-year-old man has been arrested following a three-month investigation by the state’s Sex Crimes Squad. In June, officers began communicating with a Moree man online, posing as a 14-year-old girl. Police allege the man engaged in sexually-explicit conversations., he was arrested at Moree police station this morning. The man was granted strict conditional bail and will front court in October.

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