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Jacinta Lee is a reporter and producer for NBN News. She previously worked as a reporter and newsreader for radio stations in Newcastle and Canberra, graduating from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Communication in 2017.

60 STOLEN DIRTBIKES SEIZED AT CESSNOCK

Police say they’ve rounded up 60 stolen or illegal dirtbikes at Cessnock in just four months. Operation Rider began in June, encouraging members of the public to report illegal dirtbike activity. Some of the bikes confiscated were unregistered, or have faulty and dangerous parts. Several arrests have also been made. People can still come forward with information about stolen dirtbikes via Crime Stoppers. (audio in parts)

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VANDALS TRASH NEW TREES AT MARKET STREET LAWN

Vandals uprooted new pine trees in Newcastle’s CBD overnight, throwing parts of them onto the roof of a nearby building, and leaving trails of debris. Daracon workers say it’s the fourth time they’ve been called in to replant trees at the Market Street lawn. Workers hope the installation of CCTV will help to curb vandalism in the area. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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MAN KILLED IN HIT-AND-RUN WAS HELICOPTER PILOT, IAN PULLEN

A man who was killed in a hit and run at Glenridding near Singleton last week has been identified as a helicopter pilot from New Zealand. Police say 44-year-old Ian Pullen was in Newcastle to provide assistance during bushfire season. His body was discovered on Carrington Road on Saturday morning, and so far, no one has come forward to claim responsibility for the incident. Anyone with information or dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers. (no audio)

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‘FACE OF NEWCASTLE’ ART PRIZE GOES ON SHOW

The work of local creatives from Newcastle’s TAFE Art School went on display this weekend, for the inaugural $1000 ‘Face of Newcastle’ Art Prize. Paintings, photographs and sculptures depicting artists’ interpretations of the ‘face’ of the city. And who better to give a motivational speech than tennis champion, Dylan Alcott, fresh from his sixth U-S Open win. Though he was quick to point out he’s an art enthusiast, not an artist. All items were auctioned off, with the proceeds going to Lifeline.

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