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FOUR CHILDREN INJURED FOLLOWING EXPLOSION

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Four children have suffered burns following an explosion at a home near Bulahdelah last night. Just after 7 o’clock, officers attached to Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command were called to Curlew Crescent in Nerong. Police have been told four children were playing in the front yard of a home, when an explosion occurred, believed to have been caused from fuel igniting. Two boys, aged 13, suffered serious burns to their chest, arms, face and legs. They were airlifted to Westmead Children’s Hospital. An 11-year-old boy and 12-year-old boy suffered burns to their feet. They were taken to John Hunter Children’s Hospital. Police believe the children were playing with the petrol, used in a toy boat. Read More »

GREENS PROMISE MORE ON MACKSVILLE HOSPITAL

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The Greens claim they would finance the Macksville Hospital upgrade without having to privatise the electricity network. The party would also spend $10 million more than the coalition on the project and deliver it sooner. Read More »

ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING AT URUNGA

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Police are appealing for information following an attempted kidnapping at Urunga last night. At around seven o’clock, a man attempted to lure a 10-year-old boy from a toilet block on Minerva Lane into his car. The boy managed to escape and run to his parents. “The man has tried to lure the child into a motor vehicle which we believe may be similar to a white Toyota Camry.” Insp Darren Jameson The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance and aged in his 30’s.   Read More »

SHARON EDWARDS SEARCH CONTINUES

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Police are hoping to unearth a new lead in the search for missing Grafton grandmother Sharon Edwards. The 55-year-old year old teacher was last seen in Grafton on Saturday March 14 and police are now shifting their focus to the following day. “At this stage we’re trying to establish her expected movements on Sunday the 15th of March, we’d be very keen to speak with anyone who had a regular appointment or regular catch up or activity with Mrs Edwards on Sunday the 15th.” Insp Darren Jameson. The Clarence River, as well as a number of cars and properties have been searched as part of the investigation.   Read More »

THIRD FLOOD BASIN FOR COFFS HARBOUR

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A multimillion dollar detention basin, which will hold water to help minimise the impacts of flooding, has officially opened in Coffs Harbour. The small dam came in under budget and is the third of four planned for the region.   Read More »

BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL RETURNS TO PORT MACQUARIE

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There’ll be plenty of sizzle and smoke this weekend, when teams compete in the second annual Blues & BBQ’s Festival in Port Macquarie. The two day event will feature the Australian Barbeque Wars, which is the largest competition of its kind in the southern hemisphere, as well as a strong line-up of blues bands. This year, facial hair will also be heavily scrutinised in the inaugural Beard and Moustache Championships. Entry to the event is free and starts on Friday afternoon at the Town Green. (NO AUDIO) Read More »

COALITION PLEDGES $50-MILLION TO UPGRADE OXLEY HIGHWAY

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The Oxley Highway is in line for a $50-million dollar upgrade – if the Baird government is re-elected on Saturday. The state’s Roads Minister was in Wauchope on Tuesday to pledge the funds, saying it’ll improve safety and travel times. Read More »

A SLOW SOUTHERLY CHANGE

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It was another hot day across the region with a slow moving southerly triggering plenty of rain across Sydney this afternoon, before creeping onto the Central Coast and Hunter. The change will continue its way north over night. Tomorrow will be cooler and partly cloudy along the coast with more storms expected near the border towns and ranges before reaching the Gold Coast. Inland will see a little impact as it is a weak southerly so only a few patchy showers are expected to reach the Tablelands and Tamworth at best while the plains remain quite hot. Conditions will clear for a mostly fine weekend. Read More »

PLEA FOR INFORMATION INTO GRAFTON WOMAN’S DISAPPEARANCE

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It’s hoped information from someone who may have planned to meet Grafton woman Sharon Edwards the day after she went missing, might give them new leads into her disappearance. The 55-year-old primary school teacher was last seen in Grafton on Saturday March 14. Police are now hoping to speak with anyone who may have had an appointment with Ms Edwards on Sunday March 15. Officers and other emergency services have trawled the Clarence River as part of an extensive search operation, with so far little success. Read More »

BOY APPROACHED ON MID NORTH COAST

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Police are appealing for information, after a man tried to lure a boy into a car at Urunga last night. The 10-year-old was leaving a public toilet block on Minerva Lane around 7pm. A man approached him and demanded he get into his car. The boy ran towards his parents and the man left in a white Toyota Camry. The man’s described as Caucasian, aged in his 30s. He was last seen wearing a blue cap, black leather jacket and jeans. Read More »

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