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Jack Antcliff is NBN News's Digital & Social Media Producer. Jack has also worked as a cameraman and editor in the news department and worked on NBN's outside broadcasts. He has a wide knowledge of all sports. Born and raised in Newcastle, Jack has an encyclopaedic knowledge of sport across Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.

OYSTER COVE BUSHFIRE DOWNGRADED

A bushfire burning near near Oyster Cove at Port Stephens has been downgraded to advice, after earlier reaching a watch and act level warning. Rural Fire Service and National Parks & Wildlife firefighters have spent much of the day working to contain the blaze, which is now considered to be ‘being controlled’. It’s burning in the vicinity of Oyster Cove Road, and moving in a north east direction towards Oyster Cove. Residents in the area are urged to monitor conditions, and follow the instructions of emergency services. Large bushfire near Oyster Cove Port Stephens. No properties currently under threat. Water bombing underway. @NSWRFS and @FRNSW attending along with NSW National Parks. @nbnnews pic.twitter.com/vuYBMa5Er1 — David Threlfo (@David_Threlfo) August 17, 2018 The fire has already burnt through more than 100 hectares of bushland. Up-to-date information: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au Posted by Williamtown/Salt Ash Rural Fire Brigade on Thursday, …

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WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN HUNTER VALLEY CRASH

Police believe a second car may have been involved in a crash in the Hunter Valley, which left a woman in hospital suffering serious injuries. Emergency services were called to Old Maitland Road at Bishops Bridge at around 9 o’clock last night, after a passing motorist found a 36-year-old woman lying in front of her car, which had crashed into a pole. She was treated by paramedics, before being flown to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition. It’s understood the woman was ejected through the car’s windscreen. Anyone who witnessed the crash, or who was in the area at the time, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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NORTHERN RIVERS GRASS FIRE DELIBERATELY LIT

A 52-year-old man has been charged with deliberately lighting a grass fire west of Casino. The blaze near the Bruxner Highway at Tabulam burned through around 12 hectares of bushland, with RFS crews able to extinguish the fire on Thursday afternoon. Following investigations, police arrested a man at a property at Tabulam. He was charged with intentionally causing a fire and being reckless to its spread. He remains in custody to face court in October.

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CCTV IMAGES RELEASED IN ROBBERY INVESTIGATION

Police have released a number of CCTV images from two armed robberies on the Mid North Coast, in the hope of tracking down those involved. The first of the two happened at Wauchope on May 27, when three men, armed with a samurai sword, wooden club and machete, entered a hotel on High Street. The men jumping the counter, and assaulting two staff members. The second robbery occurred at Krambach in the early hours of July 8, leaving a 27-year-old with minor injuries after four males broke into a service station on The Bucketts Way. Police are now hoping to speak with three men, who are described as being of Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander appearance and of a slim build. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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BODY MODIFIER CHARGED OVER DEATH OF CENTRAL COAST MOTHER

A Central Coast tattoo artist and body modifier has been charged in relation to the death of a 30-year-old woman, who allegedly underwent surgery at his Erina business just three weeks prior to her death. The woman’s body was found by her seven-year-old daughter in April, with a post mortem finding infection was the cause of death. It’s understood the woman had complained about complications following the surgery, which involved a “plastic snowflake” being implanted under her skin. Following investigations, police arrested a 37-year-old man at a Terrigal home this morning. He was taken to Gosford Police Station, where he was charged with manslaughter. It comes after he was charged in May with grievous bodily harm in relation to an unrelated case of genital mutilation involving a woman at Newcastle West.

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PHOTO GALLERY – 2018 NHRU – HAMILTON HAWKS V SOUTHERN BEACHES

Hamilton has claimed the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby minor premiership after dismantling Southern Beaches. It finished 68-18, sending an ominous message to the rest of the competition – particularly after Beaches downed the Wanderers last week. The visitors kicked the first points, but the Hawks led from there, underlining how tough it will be, to deny them a fourth straight grand final win. Maitland also won big today, beating the Students, while Merewether and Nelson Bay recorded comfortable victories. PHOTO GALLERY – 2018 NHRU – HAMILTON HAWKS V SOUTHERN BEACHES

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SEMI-FINAL WIN FOR WARNERS BAY

A strong second half wasn’t enough for South Wallsend in today’s WPL semi-final. Warners Bay took just over three minutes to open the scoring thanks to Nadja Squires. The Wolves pushed hard for an equaliser, the woodwork all that could deny Kalista Hunter. Before the Panthers doubled their advantage, Toria Campbell pouncing on a loose ball. An own goal in the second half gave Southy hope of a comeback, but it wasn’t enough. The second leg of the semi takes place next weekend.

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