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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.

MAN CHARGED OVER STOLEN VEHICLE PURSUIT IN WALLSEND

A 24-year-old man has been charged and two others remain on the run after a police pursuit through Wallsend this morning. Officers were alerted to an allegedly stolen white Ford Maverick not bearing registration plates shortly after 7am. Police, including the dog squad, attended the scene on Stapleton Street and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated along a bush track towards Lake Road. Dogs searched bushland near Edgeworth for three offenders and a 24-year-old man was later arrested and taken to Waratah Police Station. He’s been charged with trespass and being carried in a conveyance without consent. The stolen vehicle was also recovered. PolAir continued to search bushland for a second man and a woman, who are still on the run. Police believe the woman had lost her thongs, was barefoot …

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AJ BRIMSON REVEALED AS THE TITANS’ UNOFFICIAL BARBER

Only a few of the Titans players who featured in the All Stars clash are expected to play in the trial game against the Cowboys on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, with Garth Brennan preferring to rest his key stars for the Broncos hit-out. Meanwhile, AJ Brimson has been uncovered as the Titans ‘barber.’ He runs ‘Che Cut’s’ out of his garage and his customers include Jai Arrow and Ryan James. (no audio)

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MARGOT ROBBIE VISITS BYRON BAY

Our Hollywood sweetheart Margot Robbie has returned to Australia to attend a close friend’s Hen’s party in Byron Bay. The 28-year-old, taking a break from filming her latest flick Harley Quinn spin-off “Birds of Prey” joining her Gold Coast friends as they partied over the weekend for the upcoming nuptials. (no audio)

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TABULAM AND TENTERFIELD BLAZES NOW BURNING AT ‘ADVICE’ LEVEL

Firefighters are still battling to gain the upper hand over bushfires burning at Tenterfield and Tabulam on the state’s far north coast. The Tenterfield blaze has so far burned through more than 37,000 hectares. Thankfully, at this stage, there are no properties under threat. The Bruxner Highway will be closed later this afternoon as RFS crews begin a backburning operation. Firefighters are currently undertaking backburning on the Wallangarra fireground. These burns will extend onto the Bruxner Hwy this afternoon. As a result the Highway will be closed between #Tenterfield and #Tabulam from 5pm. #NSWRFS pic.twitter.com/iI7FRHcyDA — NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) February 18, 2019 Meanwhile, a fire at Tabulam has kept crews busy overnight, scorching more than 7600 hectares in a week. Posted by Richmond Police District on Saturday, February 16, 2019

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SURFERS PARADISE BEACH CLOSES AS CYCLONE OMA APPROACHES

Hazardous surf warnings have been issued for stretches of the Queensland coast, as Cyclone Oma threatens to smash the region. High tides and big swells have already hit the south-east coast, and coastal activities will become increasingly dangerous. Rock fishing, boating and swimming are being discouraged. Surfers Paradise beach has been closed because of strong currents and people are being urged not to enter the water. Rain and winds are expected to impact the coast from the Gold Coast north to Fraser Island. Oma was upgraded to Category 3 over the weekend, as winds of 110km/h gusted as high as 140km/h and lashed Vanuatu. #CycloneOma should remain well offshore over the next few days. Main threat to QLD is large swell arriving on top of very high tides around southern beaches. Conditions likely to become hazardous, so stay safe and …

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IMAGE RELEASED OF SWIMMING FINS IN THE SEARCH FOR MISSING LIFESAVER

Police have released an image of swim fins in an ongoing search for a man who went missing near Ballina. 69-year-old surf lifesaver Lynn ‘Raz’ Burtonwood was last seen on Saturday, when he left for an early morning swim in rough surf. NSW Police, Surf Lifesaving NSW, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the State Emergency Service are continuing a search of the coastline. It’s believed the yellow and black ‘Mad dog’ brand fins were being worn by him at the time of his disappearance and that they could have washed ashore. If beachgoers find a fin, or any other item of interest in the area, they’re being asked to report it to police.   @MarineRescueNSW volunteer crews from Ballina and Evans Head have resumed a search for a man missing off Lighthouse Beach in East Ballina. The search, which began …

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