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$30,000 IN CASH DISCOVERED DURING STRIKE FORCE OPERATION

Police have discovered $30,000 in cash and drugs believed to be methamphetamine during a targeted police operation. Officers allegedly seized a white crystal substance, believed to be methylamphetamine, cash, drug paraphernalia and a motorbike during the execution of simultaneous search warrants at homes in East Tamworth and Woolomin about 3.30pm yesterday. A 32-year-old man was also intercepted by police at Caves Beach, just before 3pm. It was during a search of the vehicle that police allegedly located more than $30,000 cash and a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine. He was charged with a string of offences, including supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.

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WEBB TAKES ANOTHER TILT AT DEPUTY TITLE

A former deputy mayor of Tamworth Regional Council is set to take another tilt at the title. Russell Webb has confirmed he will put his hand up for the job again, after 12-months on the sidelines. Councillor Helen Tickle took over from Mr Webb – she’s also expected to nominate again. The deputy will be decided at tomorrow night’s meeting. There’ll be no mayoral vote though – changes to the Local Government Act last year saw the mayoral term extended to two years. (VISION ONLY)

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STAFF CONFRONT THIEF DURING ATTEMPTED ROBBERY

A would-be thief has been left empty-handed, after being confronted during an attempted robbery. According to police, the male intruder threatened an employee at a Moree newsagency with a knife at around 7-o’clock this morning. He was forced to flee, when he was confronted by another worker – who’d heard the commotion from the back of the store. He was last seen running across Gosport Street towards the Newell Highway. The man is described as being quite tall with a large build. He was seen wearing a grey hooded jumper, black track pants and black runners with white soles.

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ARC ADMINISTRATOR POPULAR WITH ARMIDALE VOTERS

Independent candidates have, so far, dominated Armidale’s council election. Armidale Regional Council’s current administrator and former mayor of Maclean and the Clarence Valley – Dr Ian Tiley has led the charge, securing most of the votes. He’s been closely followed by Jon Galletly and former deputy mayor of Guyra Shire Council – Simon Murray. Former Armidale-Dumaresq mayor Herman Beyersdorf hasn’t been so popular with voters – he’s unlikely to be re-elected. (VISION ONLY)

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