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TEENS CHARGED OVER SERVICE STATION ROBBERY

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Two teenagers have been charged over the armed robbery of a service station at Inverell this morning. At around 3:45, a group of men wielding knives entered the service station on Warialda Road and threatened a female employee. They escaped with cash and cigarettes. Following investigations, police went to a home on Girle Street and have charged a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man. The 18-year-old has also been charged with the attempted robbery of a pizza shop in Inverell last Sunday. Read More »

MISSING SURFER’S FAMILY THANKS EMERGENCY SERVICES

The family of an Irish surfer who went missing on the North Coast last weekend, has thanked the local community and emergency services. 20-year-old Stuart Butler got caught in a rip at Tallow Beach at Byron Beach on Saturday, while surfing with two mates. Rescue crews saved a 26-year-old and 20-year-old, but couldn’t locate Mr Butler. “We’d like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you on behalf of Stuart’s family both here and back in Ireland for the support we have received from the local community,” a family spokesperson said. “In particular, the local police in Byron Bay and Tweed Heads, the Queensland Police Helicopter, Surf Life Saving North Coast, Brunswick Volunteer Rescue Association and Australian Maritime Search Authority. “We are full of hope that he will be returned to us and ask all to keep him in their ... Read More »

DARIUS BOYD BEING TREATED FOR DEPRESSION

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PHOTO: Wayne Bennett addressing the media.  Newcastle Knights star Darius Boyd is seeking help for depression in a mental health clinic. The 27-year-old was admitted to the clinic earlier this week. It follows news that he was responsible for damaging a room at a Hunter Valley resort last week. A TV was smashed, a hole put in a wall and glass was smashed at the Vintage in Rothbury. Boyd is reported to have paid a sum of about $1500 to the resort. “We are ensuring Darius gets the best possible care and treatment at this time,” CEO Matt Gidley said on Wednesday. “Depression is a serious illness in our society and we are pleased Darius has taken the first step in his recovery by acknowledging he needs help. “Football is secondary at this point, it is important Darius’ focus is ... Read More »

UPDATED: SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING SWEDISH SWIMMER

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Police have confirmed a swimmer missing off South West Rocks is a Swedish exchange student. The 26-year-old was camping with a companion at the Smokey Cape Camping Reserve, when he went for a swim at about 5pm. About 15 minutes later, it’s believed the man got into difficulty and disappeared. An immediate air and sea search of the area failed to find the man and was later called off due to rough surf conditions. Efforts are continuing to locate the man, in the area south of Smokey Cape Lighthouse. Read More »

WOMAN IN STABLE CONDITION AFTER FALLING DOWN A CLIFF

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A 19-year-old woman is in a stable condition in John Hunter Hospital, after falling 10-metres down a cliff at Seal Rocks. A fisherman was the first to find her, and stayed by her side until help arrived.   Read More »

CLIFF FALL ORDEAL SEAL ROCKS

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A rock fishermen raised the alarm after finding an injured woman at the base of a cliff at Seal Rocks at around ten this morning. The 20-year-old woman is believed to have fallen as far as 20 metres down a cliff at the northern end of Number One Beach at Seal Rocks, north of Newcastle. A rescue team hiked to the scene where the woman suffering multiple injuries, was found lying in a rock pool and worked to stabilise her condition. Newcastle’s Westpac Rescue helicopter hovered over the rock shelf to winch the patient on board. She was flown to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition. Read More »

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND ON PEARL BEACH

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Human remains have been found by a walker off Pearl Beach on the Central Coast. The man was walking his dog at about 3.30pm yesterday when he located the remains. While formal identification is yet to be completed, it’s believed they may belong to a missing five year old boy who was swept off the beach at the beginning of the month.   Read More »

WOMAN’S BODY FOUND ON PROPERTY

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A 41-year-old woman’s body has been found on a property near Bulahdelah, following an extensive search yesterday. Inquiries into the woman’s whereabouts began when she failed to turn up for work on Monday. Her body was found after a search of a property in Girvan. A saddled horse, was found standing nearby. The woman’s death is not believed to be suspicious. Read More »

FARMER DIES IN ACCIDENT

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A 48-year-old farmer has died in an accident near Tamworth. The man was airlifted to Tamworth Hospital yesterday after sustaining critical injuries on a farm in Limbri. The man later died. There are no suspicious circumstances. Read More »

FEEDBACK SOUGHT ON FUTURE AIRCRAFT NOISE IMPACTS FROM JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER

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Double the amount of night flying and increased aircraft noise disturbance. Come 2025, that will be the reality at Medowie and Williamtown, thanks to the new Joint Strike Fighters. The draft environmental impact statement for the F-35A was released today, as the RAAF prepares to introduce it at Williamtown. To read the full EIS, go to… http://www.f35evolution.com.au Read More »

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