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Hostages pressed against window in Sydney cafe

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The alarm was raised about 9.45am after onlookers reported a man with a shotgun taking hostages in the cafe. Hostages inside the cafe have been forced to hold what appears to be an Islamic flag, identified as a Shahada flag, in the cafe’s window reading “no god worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is his messenger”. What we know so far about the Martin Place hostage situation: • Hostages are being held hostage in Lindt cafe in Martin Place – it is unknown how many exactly but could be as many as 20 • Hostages forced to hold up black flag with Arabic script in the windows (it is not the official ISIL banner) • There is one gunman inside who is armed – possibly with a shotgun but more likely a handgun • Unconfirmed radio reports have claimed ... Read More »

DR WHO FAN CLUB GATHERING SPEED

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A newly formed Dr Who Fan Club is gathering momentum as fanatics from all over the Hunter today met for the first time. The cult science fiction series is 51 years old this year and still attracts people from all ages and walks of life. Read More »

STATE GOVERNMENT RAISES $14.8 MILLION FROM WHARF ROAD SALE

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The state government has finalised the sale of its harbour-front building on Wharf Road, raising $14.8-million. The building will continue to house staff from government departments under a 10-year leaseback agreement.   Read More »

CREW SAVED FROM SINKING YACHT

Four people have been rescued from their sinking yacht, after it struck a submerged object off Evans Head this morning. A merchant ship successfully pulled the distressed crew to safety – as the Rescue Helicopter kept watch from above. Read More »

STRONG SOUTHERLY BLASTS NEWCASTLE

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Winds of up to 80 kilometres an hour managed to split a fig tree in half at Newcastle West overnight. The southerly blast could be the strongest we’ve had all year, and was felt on the harbour today, as ships struggled to make it past the break wall. But a lone surfer couldn’t be deterred from the whitewash, making the most of an uncrowded Nobbys beach. Gavin Morris will have more on the wild weather, later in the bulletin. Read More »

WEATHER with Gavin Morris: Dangerous Seas

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Large seas and swell with strong to gale force south-east winds are making for dangerous conditions along the coast. Offshore boating is not recommended. A few isolated showers will push in with nothing expected to make it over the Divide so it will be dry inland across the north-west. Conditions will ease on Sunday. Have a good weekend. Read More »

FOUR RESCUED FROM STRICKEN YACHT OFF YAMBA

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Four people have been rescued from a yacht that began sinking after it ran into an unidentified object about 14 nautical miles east of Evans Head near Yamba. A mayday call went out at about 3am with the merchant tanker British Loyalty diverting to pick up  the sailors about two hours later. It is unclear what the yacht hit, but the boat quickly started taking in water and is expected to sink in the coming days.  Conditions are rough with 30 knot winds and two to three metre seas. We’ll have full details on the rescue tonight in NBN News. Read More »

MAN CHARGED AFTER ONE KILOGRAM OF COCAINE SEIZED IN COFFS HARBOUR

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A 56-year-old Queensland man has been charged and one kilogram of cocaine has been seized by police following a vehicle stop in Coffs Harbour yesterday afternoon. The northbound vehicle was stopped at around 2.20pm yesterday, with police allegedly locating and seizing the one kilogram package before taking the vehicle’s driver to Coffs Harbour Police Station. The man was refused bail after being charged with multiple drug offences. [PHOTO: NSW Police Media] Read More »

LEARNER DRIVER SLAMS INTO FAMILY HOME

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A learner driver has slammed into a Mudgeeraba family home. So great was the damage, a single mother and her three children could be homeless at Christmas. Read More »

HUNT FOR MEN AFTER TAREE ASSAULT

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Police have released CCTV images of two men wanted in connection with a robbery and assault in Taree earlier this week. A 32-year-old Taiwanese man was set upon and robbed after giving the pair a lift in the early hours of Monday morning. He suffered a fractured jaw and lacerations, after being struck in the face with a beer bottle. The men are described as caucasian and aged in their 20s – both were wearing shorts. Read More »

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