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WOMAN CHARGED AFTER ALLEGED ARMED HOLD UP AND PURSUIT

A 44-year-old woman has been charged after an armed hold up and police pursuit near Gloucester. It’s alleged the woman entered a service station on Church Street in Gloucester, her face covered with a black stocking and holding an item resembling a firearm. She allegedly demanded an amount of cash from the female attendant, before fleeing the scene in a car with allegedly stolen number plates. A short time later police spotted the car and initiated a pursuit where the accused was arrested. However the woman managed to escape custody and continued driving before losing control of the car and crashing down an embankment. The woman was arrested again and taken to Taree Police Station where she was charged with a number of offences including armed robbery, police pursuit and escaping custody.

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POLICE ISSUE LONG WEEKEND PLEA: ‘PLEASE JUST SLOW DOWN’

Police have made a desperate plea for drivers to take it easy over the Easter long weekend, with the state’s road toll for 2016 now at 86. Their annual holiday blitz, known as ‘Operation Tortoise’, will get underway at midnight tonight. Commissioner Andrew Scipione says although vehicles are fitted with the latest safety technology, nothing can substitute for common sense. “We’re fortunate to have the latest technology to assist us in serving the community on the roads. We’re also fortunate that we have dedicated officers with years of experience out there keeping road users safe. What we’re lacking at this stage is the personal responsibility of those road users,” he said. Highway patrol officers will be out in force across the state, targeting drink and drug driving, speeding, fatigue and driver distractions. “I want to simplify the message. Please just …

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GREAT LAKES COUNCIL BACKS NEW MERGER PROPOSAL

In a surprise move, Great Lakes Council has backed a proposed merger with Gloucester and Greater Taree City councils. But the council’s support comes with a condition. It’s calling for a ‘merger blueprint’ to be developed. “Council believes that, should a three-way merger proceed, it is vitally important to develop a strong strategy for a merger blueprint that will ensure the new council is appropriately structured for success and the delivery of efficient and effective services to the communities of the combined councils,” General Manager Glenn Handford said. Great Lakes Council had previously resolved to stand alone, but Mayor Jan McWilliams says given the current political climate that option is unrealistic. Council will engage an independent consultant to assist in its submission, while community information sessions will be held next week. The state government is due to make a decision …

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MAN STABLE AFTER FALLING OFF SHIPPING CONTAINER

PHOTO: Tamworth-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter on scene.  A 48-year-old man has been flown to John Hunter Hospital, after a metal frame fell on top of him near Taree. The man was cutting the frame while standing on top of a shipping container, when he fell off. The man sustained suspected spine and hip injuries and is in a stable condition.

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WEATHER: COOLER CONDITIONS MOVING IN

The southerly has been making its way across the region today. It flared up a few showers along the NSW ranges and coast from Kempsey to Coffs and Byron. The southerly will continue moving north tonight. Tomorrow will be cooler for all with partly cloudy skies and a few more isolated showers along the coast. Swell will increase for Hunter and Macquarie waters.

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AUSTRALIAN POPULATION HITS NEW RECORD

While most Australians were fast asleep the national population clock ticked over to 24 million. The milestone came just before 1am on Tuesday, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It follows record net overseas migration, which made up 53 percent of Australia’s population increase in the year before July 2015. “We do not know who the 24 millionth Australian is: it could be a newborn or a migrant,” ABS director of demography Beidar Cho said. Australia’s population increases by one person every one minute and 31 seconds after accounting for births, deaths and international migration. Since 2004 it has increased by one million people every three years. “As the population strikes 24 million it’s a good time to reflect on our country’s economic, cultural and social strengths,” Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, Alex Hawke, said on Monday. “In the …

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WEATHER: DRY SPELL ON THE WAY

Only the far north east corner of NSW and south east QLD is receiving rain at the moment, in the form of fast-moving brief showers. The majority of the broadcast region is now in for a dry spell. We’ll see some shower activity increase on Friday for the Central Coast, Hunter and southern areas of the North West, but falls will be very small. A predominantly hot, dry weekend is on the way at this stage.

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WEATHER: A RELATIVELY CALM PERIOD OF WEATHER

PHOTO: Taken at Lake Macquarie and sent in by Shane Wallwork.  We’re enjoying a fine run for most of the region. Every now and then an isolated shower moves in over the northern NSW coast and the chances of more of those will continue but again they will be small and brief. A burst of showers will spread across NSW on Friday but they will clear making for a mostly fine weekend that will become quite warm, especially inland.

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