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Georgia Maher

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After studying a BA in Communication and Journalism at UTS, Georgia moved into health and aged care reporting for three years. She also studied broadcast journalism at California State University, Sacramento and The Australian, Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney. An interest in social business took her to India to direct a series of micro documentaries.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTHERN NSW

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for much of northern and north western New South Wales. Storms are currently whipping up damaging winds, heavy rain and large hailstones. Armidale, Tamworth, Moree, Inverell, Walgett, and Scone are among the towns in the storm path. 107-kilometre per hour winds were detected at Coonamble Airport at 2.30pm. For more information; http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDN21033.shtml

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TEEN CHARGED OVER SICKENING ASSAULT IN TAMWORTH

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested and charged over a sickening attack on a man who’s believed to have special needs in Tamworth. Police allege the 20-year-old-man was with a group of people on the corner of Peel and Jewry streets yesterday afternoon, when he was punched multiple times by the teen. The ordeal was filmed on a phone and sent out on social media. The man can be heard pleading; “No, no, please don’t. I just want to be friends.” An hour later, at 3:30pm, it’s alleged the man was assaulted again at Tamworth Railway Station. Which was also filmed and distributed on social media. Oxley Police were notified at 6pm and later that evening a 15-year-old-boy attended Tamworth Police Station and was arrested. He was charged with two counts of affray and common assault. He was granted conditional …

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HUNTER VALLEY MAN ORGANISED LOUNGE ROOM FULL OF GIFTS FOR DV VICTIMS

The living room of a Hunter Valley home was more like Santa’s warehouse today, thanks to a community toy drive. Six weeks of work and numerous donations created a stockpile of around 800 gifts. They’ll go to families facing a difficult Christmas due to domestic violence. Organiser Todd Sheldon witnessed domestic violence growing up, and decided to help the Friends with Dignity support group. Two van-loads of toys were collected. (no audio)

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NEWCASTLE MAN CHARGED WITH DRUG AND TRAFFIC OFFENCES

A man has been charged with drug and traffic offences in Newcastle after police noticed two men riding motorbikes without registration plates last night. The two drivers were travelling at high speed along Lambton Road at Broadmeadow just after 1am on Wednesday morning, but police lost sight of the pair due to the speed they were travelling. Police say after continuing to patrol the area, they detected one motorcyclist on Lambton Road turning into Chilcott Street. He was found standing next to his motorcycle on Pride Avenue. Police allege he threw the bike to the ground and attempted to flee. He was arrested and searched with police allegedly finding $17,000 cash, along with the drugs cannabis and ice in a bum bag. The 27-year-old underwent mandatory blood and urine testing. He was charged with a number of offences including reckless …

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KNIFE WIELDING MAN CHARGED OVER MORPETH HOLD UP

An East Maitland man has been charged with attempted armed robbery after allegedly trying to hold up the Spar supermarket in Morpeth last night. Police say a 19-year-old entered the store at 7pm wielding a knife and threatening a staff member and an off duty employee. But was not his lucky day, one man behind the counter punched the offender in the face and tried to knock the knife out of his hands. The other man grabbed him in a head lock until until police arrived. The teen was given bail to appear in court again in February.

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GAV’S WEATHER: GETTING HOTTER INLAND

There is a massive high centred in the Tasman still generating strong onshore winds for eastern Queensland. The onshore winds will continue for the north western New South Wales and south east Queensland. The trough moving in from the west will force increased heat to eastern Australia. Partly cloudy for the north eastern parts of New South Wales and south eastern section of Queensland, with a few small isolated showers. Getting hotter for the North West and Greater Hunter Region as the north westerly winds begin to blow in.

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RENAE LAWRENCE EXCUSED FOR APPEARING IN COURT

Former Bali nine drug smuggler, Renae Lawrence has been excused from appearing in a Newcastle court on several outstanding warrants, over an alleged police chase in 2005. According to her solicitor Drew Hamilton, there’s already been “meaningful and purposeful discussions” with police. 41-year-old Lawrence was arrested two-weeks ago following her return to Newcastle, after spending 13-years in a Bali prison for drug trafficking. Her matter was adjourned until next month.

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