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The Australian Defence Force admits up to 18 civilians were killed in an airstrike in Mosul, they’re yet to determine whether they were allied of Australian missiles. A man missing and a disaster zone declared in Townsville as monsoon rains continue to cause chaos. A Melbourne school principal stood down after pictures emerge of him dragging a student across a playground. And John Morris gets down to work with the Sharks.

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AIRCRAFT EMERGENCY AT NEWCASTLE AIRPORT

Emergency services scrambled to Newcastle Airport at Williamtown when a Virgin Australia plane raised the alarm about a fire warning activation in a cargo hold. The Boeing 737 was en-route from Brisbane to Sydney when it diverted to Newcastle, landing safely just after 12:30 this afternoon. In a statement, Virgin Australia said, “Virgin Australia flight VA938 from Brisbane to Sydney has landed safely after diverting to Newcastle Airport this afternoon following the activation of warning light in the cargo hold.” The landing triggered a large scale response from emergency services, including Fire & Rescue, Ambulance, RFS, SES, alongside fire crews from the RAAF. More to come. (VISION ONLY)

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED PURSUIT SOUTH OF TWEED HEADS

A 28-year-old man has been arrested at gun-point, after a high speed pursuit near the New South Wales Queensland border. Police were alerted to a stolen black Commodore late on Thursday evening, with a pursuit, which started on the Tweed Valley Way at Tumbulgum, reaching speeds of up to 200km/h. It was called off due to safety concerns, before a second pursuit was initiated just before 12:30 on Friday morning. The driver, a 28-year-old man, was eventually arrested after he allegedly turned the Commodore onto a dirt road, lost control and crashed. He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station, where he was charged with a string of offences including driving in a dangerous manner. Checks of the car confirmed it was linked to a home invasion in Queensland.

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WOMAN JAILED FOR FLEECING VULNERABLE MEN

A woman who targeted vulnerable elderly men and, along with her partner, fleeced them of tens of thousands of dollars, was today jailed for up to five years. Aruna Gould showed no remorse at her sentencing in Godford, even claiming she was the real victim. One of the victims was an elderly Central Coast man.      

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START DATE FOR NEWCASTLE’S LIGHT RAIL

Newcastle’s Light Rail will officially hit the tracks on Monday the 18th of February. The Transport Minister announced the date on Thursday morning, with a free community day set down for the Sunday the 17th. “From Monday 18 February, Novocastrians will have a new way to get around the city with frequent light rail services running from 5am to 1am daily, Mr Constance said. “The NSW Government is hosting a community open day before the service officially starts as a way to say thank-you for people’s tolerance during construction, and to give them an opportunity to experience Newcastle Light Rail free of charge. “The open day will be one big celebration, with something for all ages and tastes at unique events near each of Newcastle Light Rail’s six stops. “Light rail will run throughout the event, allowing people to venture …

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GUNNEDAH MAN ON MULTI MILLION DOLLAR FRAUD CHARGES

A Gunnedah man has been charged with frauds totalling more than $3-million. Police allege between January 2017 and July 2018, the 40-year-old used fake identities and false companies to obtain funds and bitcoin for companies based in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. In one instance it’s alleged the man attempted to defraud a bank of $3-million using fraudulent cheques. The man will face a total of 29 charges when he appears in Tamworth Local Court on Thursday.

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