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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING ISSUED

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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of the Mid North Coast, Upper Hunter and Northern Tablelands. It predicts some areas will receive large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rain, with the possibility of flash flooding, over the next few hours. The State Emergency Service says people should move their cars undercover where possible, and avoid driving through flood waters.   Read More »

POLICE SHUT DOWN “RAVE PARTY” NEAR DORRIGO

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Police have revealed they shut down what they’re calling an illegal rave party, west of Dorrigo on the north coast on Saturday night. Officers say up to 150 people were turned away from a property near Ebor on Saturday evening, following concerns about illicit drug use. Inspector Darren Jameson said, “In this case, we’re satisfied that we’ve been able to save people from serious injury and also possibly from death.” Party Organiser Eric Lamir said,”The police came for a suspected drug party, I don’t think they found any drugs, they didn’t make any drug arrests so I don’t know where they’re getting their information from.” Police only made one arrest – a 42-year-old man who allegedly refused to leave the property. (AUDIO IN PARTS) Read More »

NEWCASTLE MAN SETS HIMSELF ALIGHT INSIDE HONEYSUCKLE OFFICE BUILDING

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Hundreds of workers were evacuated from three Honeysuckle office blocks today, after a harrowing incident inside the Sparke Helmore building. At 11am, police were called to QBE Insurance on the fourth floor, where they found a 44-year-old man had doused himself with an accelerant, which he then ignited. A police officer, who wrapped the man in a fire blanket, along with two others suffered smoke inhalation. The man has been airlifted to a Sydney burns unit in a serious condition. And if you, or someone you know, needs help or support, you can contact Lifeline. Read More »

LIFEGUARDS LIFT BEACH CLOSURES IN NEWCASTLE AFTER RECORD 10 DAYS

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Lifeguards have finally given the all-clear to re-open Newcastle beaches, after a record 10-day closure due to sharks. While most remained off-limits because of rough surf, Nobbys and Stockton reopened. Read More »

MAITLAND TEEN DIES AFTER FALLING FROM CAR

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A 16-year-old has died after she fell from a moving car on Friday. The teenage girl was one of two people standing on the back bumper of a sedan travelling along Victoria Street in East Maitland just before midnight. She hit her head on the road when she fell from the vehicle. Paramedics took the girl to John Hunter Hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning. Police say that the 16-year-old passed away at John Hunter Hospital at about 7.30am January 19th. The name of the 16-year-old has not been released. Read More »

NEWCASTLE BEACHES REOPEN

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Newcastle beaches have reopened today after life guards conducted a patrol of the coastline. A storm front moving along the coast and mechanical issues with jet skis earlier this morning meant that lifeguards were unable to complete patrols. Redhead beach is also closed again today, however due to dangerous seas and strong ocean currents. Some Newcastle beaches are closed due to rough seas also. Updates throughout the day on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Read More »

FISHERMEN RECORD CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH GREAT WHITE

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Just when Newcastle’s shark drama seemed to be going away, there’s been another sighting, this time near the mouth of Lake Macquarie. Two fisherman had a close encounter with a massive great white, which nudged their boat this morning. Read More »

LIBERAL PARTY EXPELS GARRY EDWARDS

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The Liberal Party has dumped sitting member Garry Edwards as its candidate, just 10 weeks out from the state election. It follows allegations the Swansea MP accepted money from developer, Jeff McCloy. Read More »

CITY SWELTERS BUT BEACHES STILL CLOSED

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Despite sweltering temperatures, swimmers at Newcastle Beach stayed close to shore today, as lifeguards remain on the lookout for a number of sharks spotted in the area. It’s the eighth straight day the city’s beaches have been closed since two sharks, including a five metre great white, were spotted close-by. Further south, only a small number of swimmers at Blacksmiths and Caves Beach could be tempted into the waves. Newcastle’s Beaches will remain closed until 48 hours passes without a shark sighting. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

VOLUNTEER SURF GROUP ON HUNT FOR NEW HOME

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There were lots of smiles at Blacksmiths Beach today, as a special group of surfers made the most of the perfect beach weather. But it may be the end of a long-standing tradition, with the Disabled Surfers Association on the hunt for a new home. Read More »

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