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DRUGS AND CASH FOUND IN CAR NEAR TAREE

Two women have been charged after police seized drugs and cash from a car near Taree. At around 10pm on Monday night, police pulled over a Land Rover Discovery along the Pacific Highway at Croki, where they allegedly found drug paraphernalia. It’s also alleged they uncovered 7.5 grams of amphetamine, pipes for smoking methylamphetamine and a large amount of cash. A 40-year-old woman, believed to be a Chinese national with an expired visa, and a 41-year-old woman from Hong Kong have been charged. They’ve been refused bail and will reappear in Taree Local Court in November.

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GLOUCESTER COUNCIL APPROVES CAMPSITE FOR ANTI-CSG CAMPAIGNERS

Up to 200 people could soon be camping near AGL’s CSG project at Gloucester, after the council approved an application for a campsite on private land at Jacks Road. Anti-CSG group, Groundswell Gloucester, lodged the application last month. 28 conditions have been placed on the site, including one that restricts the total number of campers to 200. Another limits its operation to six months. The council received more than 650 submissions in response to the application, with 121 opposed. (No audio)

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MAN CHARGED OVER ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULTS OF DISABLED MEN

A 37-year-old man has been charged over the alleged sexual assault of three men with intellectual disabilities in the Taree area. The incidents allegedly took place since 2011. Following inquiries, detectives arrested a man in Taree yesterday. He’s facing a string of charges including seven counts of having sexual intercourse with a person with a cognitive impairment.

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EACH HOUR CRITICAL IN SEARCH FOR WILLIAM TYRELL

Police say each hour is now critical as they ramp up the search effort for a three-year-old boy who went missing on the Mid North Coast. William Tyrell was last seen at around 10:30 on Friday morning, playing in the front yard of his grandmother’s home at Kendall. The search – now in its fourth day – has involved police, SES personnel, volunteers and surf life saving volunteers, who have combed nearby bushland. Extra police from Sydney and Newcastle have also joined the effort. “A three-year-old child is full of adventure and we want to ensure we’re able to locate him safely,” said Mid North Coast Superintendant Paul Fehon. “We want to concentrate on doing an extremely thorough search.” Crews are focusing on a 1.5-kilometre radius around the home. At this stage, police are “keeping an open mind” as to …

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WEATHER UPDATE: STORM SEASON IS COMING

PHOTO: A cracking shot of last night’s storm from Strzelecki lookout in Newcastle. Taken by Shane Williams. Over the weekend and during today we have seen storms flare up across the Northern New South Wales Ranges and North East. Tomorrow a trough is going to pass over and the ingredients look good to see increased storm activity across the broadcast region during the day, stretching from the Greater Hunter to the North West, Tablelands, North East and Gold Coast. There is plenty of heat and moisture content is moderate. The passing trough is the final ingredient. Yesterday was also the first time 40 degrees was recorded in Australia for the new season happening in the Kimberley of Western Australia. It is another sign that Spring is here, but be warned. A burst of cold air is headed our way, ready …

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SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING BOY

Additional resources will today join the search for a missing 3-year-old boy at Kendall on the Mid North Coast. Searchers have spent the night combing bushland for William Tyrell, who was last seen in the front yard of his home on Benaroon Drive at around 10:30am yesterday. Police have been coordinating the search effort, involving SES, volunteers, RFS volunteers, the local surf life saving club, the police dog squad and officers on trail bikes. Today’s search will focus on bushland surrounding the boy’s home. William is described as Caucasian in appearance, with dark hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a ‘Spiderman’ suit.

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WEATHER UPDATE: MOIST ONSHORE WINDS

PHOTO: A stunning shot of Nobbys Beach, taken by Karynne Lawler. A southerly tracked up the coast triggering showers mostly across the Hunter this morning. Tomorrow the moist onshore winds will continue blowing in off the ocean. They will converge with the westerly winds sweeping across the Plains over the Great Dividing Range and we will see showers develop over the coast, eastern slopes and mountains. The trough causing the convergence will clear by Sunday taking the wet weather with it for a fine second half of the weekend along the coast and Hunter.

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CREWS ON SCENE OF HEAD-ON CRASH

Emergency services are working to free three people trapped, following a head-on car crash west of Taree. The cars collided along the Bucketts Way near the Bucketts Way Landfill site just before three o’clock this afternoon. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has been called. The Bucketts Way is closed and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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UPDATED: SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING BOY

A search is underway for a 3-year-old boy who has gone missing from Kendall on the Mid North Coast. William Tyrell was last seen at about 10:30 this morning in the front yard of a relative’s home on Benaroon Drive. Nine police officers, 20 SES personnel and 25 volunteers are conducting a search of bushland surrounding the area. The boy’s described as being Caucasian in appearance, with dark hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a ‘Spiderman’ suit.

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WEATHER UPDATE: A LITTLE SOUTHERLY PUFF

PHOTO: A spectacular shot of Fullerton Cove, taken by Glen Cox. Wow, what a spectacular Spring day across the region. Very sunny and very warm. Tomorrow a weak to moderate southerly change will move up the coast, triggering a few showers around Newcastle and further north to Port Macquarie and towards the border at the end of the day. The trend of coastal showers is set to linger into early next week. Falls will be patchy and generally light.

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