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HUNTER RESIDENTS HONOUR THE ANZAC SPIRIT

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Despite a week of devastation from the super storm, residents across the Hunter turned out in overwhelming numbers to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC. Read More »

BABY RESCUED FROM LOCKED CAR

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Fire and Rescue New South Wales was forced to smash a car window at a Kotara shopping centre today, after a baby was found locked inside. The car, parked out the front of Aldi, had its back window shattered this afternoon as emergency services scrambled to get the child out. The condition of the baby is not known. Read More »

RECORD CROWD MARKS ANZAC DAY AT NOBBYS

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Servicemen and women have been honoured at Anzac Day commemorations across the Hunter. The 100th anniversary drawing record crowds to Newcastle’s dawn service, lit-up by a spectacular sunrise. Read More »

LATEST: FLOODING IN MAITLAND

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The flooding situation in Maitland in the Hunter Valley has taken a turn for the worse. This afternoon, police were forced to close the highway into town due to rising water, while residents put their own lives at risk to rescue stranded livestock. Read More »

55,000 HOMES IN THE HUNTER STILL WITHOUT POWER

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While many residents in the Hunter are getting their lives back to normality, about 55,000 homes remain in the dark. Extra crews are working around the clock to restore power, but some are facing another week off the grid. Read More »

BELMONT WOMAN CHARGED WITH FRAUD

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A Belmont woman has been charged with fraud after she allegedly faked having a terminal illness for financial gain. Police say the 31-year-old falsified a certificate from a Sydney doctor, claiming she had ovarian cancer, and set up an online fundraising page for medical treatment. It’s alleged she raised more than $2,500. The woman was issued a court attendance notice yesterday. She’ll appear before Belmont Local Court on June 3. Read More »

EXTRA CHARGES LAID AGAINST ACCUSED MURDERER

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Police have laid extra charges against a man who allegedly murdered his father in South Murwillumbah last year. 46-year-old Michael Anthony Martin died at his unit on Quarry Road on June 13 last year. His 25-year-old son was charged with his murder in March. Police say Mr Martin was the target of a previous home invasion in April 2014, which left him seriously injured. Detectives have now charged his son in relation to that incident and he’ll face Newcastle Local Court today. Read More »

MAN CHARGED WITH DRUG AND FIREARM OFFENCES

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Detectives investigating the disappearance of Belmont woman Carly McBride, have charged a man with drug and firearms offences. At around 12:30pm yesterday, Strike Force Karabi executed three search warrants in Scone and Muswellbrook. Police allegedly found three firearms, a silencer, methamphetamine and more than $5,000 cash. A 24-year-old man was charged with 13 offences and will appear before Scone Local Court today. Police have stressed the charges do not relate to the ongoing investigation of Carly McBride, but say they came about as a result of that investigation. The 31-year-old mother was last see on Calgaroo Avenue at Muswellbrook on September 30 last year. Police hold serious concerns for her welfare and are investigating a possible homicide. Read More »

LIGHTING OF FLAME OPENS ANZAC COMMEMORATIONS

And a special ANZAC commemorative service was held in Newcastle this evening. The great grandchildren of a World War 1 chaplain, had the honour of lighting a new ANZAC Memorial flame at Nobby’s Beach. Claire and Jacob Ashley-Brown’s great grandfather William, served at Gallipoli as well as the battlefields of France and Belgium. The flame will be the centrepiece of Saturday’s dawn service. The RSL sub branch is encouraging members of the public to lay tributes at the site. Read More »

FLOOD WATERS MAROON MAITLAND RESIDENTS

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More than 2,000 people are still marooned by flood waters around the Hunter Valley town of Maitland, where police have now identified an elderly woman swept to her death. In the worst hit town Dungog, there was a rescue with a difference. Read More »

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