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BUSHFIRE NEAR ARMIDALE DOWNGRADED

UPDATE: A bushfire burning in the remote Oxley Wild Rivers National Park near Armidale has been downgraded to an ‘Advice’ level warning, after earlier reaching ‘Watch & Act’ level. EARLIER: WATCH AND ACT – Melrose bush fire, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park (Uralla LGA).Strong winds are being experienced across the fireground this afternoon. Those in the area of Long Point Road at Hillgrove should be aware of falling embers. pic.twitter.com/J66ef2SrPT — NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) December 2, 2018 Those on Long Point Road at Hillgrove are advised to be aware of embers, with spot fires starting well ahead of the main front. Water-bombing aircraft are assisting firefighters in an effort to contain the blaze, which is listed as being ‘out of control’. It’s already burnt through around 500 hectares of bushland.

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MAN KILLED IN MOTORBIKE CRASH ON PUTTY ROAD

A 54-year-old man has died in a motorbike accident in the Hunter Valley. Emergency services were called to Putty Road at Milbrodale just south of Singleton at around 2 o’clock on Sunday afternoon. It’s understood the bike hit a barrier, with the rider thrown several metres down an embankment. Despite the best efforts of first responders, the man couldn’t be revived.

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MAN CHARGED AFTER DOG DIES IN CAR AT COFFS HARBOUR

A man has been charged with animal cruelty following investigations into the death of a German Shepherd in Coffs Harbour earlier last week. Emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour, about 2pm on Wednesday, after members of the public saw a deceased dog in an unattended Holden utility. Police say the owner of the one-year-old German Shepherd left him in the vehicle for a number of hours without water while he attended a nearby licensed premises. The Queensland man is due to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court in February 2019.

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MOTORCYCLIST KILLED AT COOLANGATTA

An investigation is underway after a motorcyclist was killed in an accident at Coolangatta this morning. It’s understood the bike collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Coolangatta Road and Musgrave Street at around 8:15. The rider, a 29-year-old Palm Beach man was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car was uninjured. Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact local police.

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MAN STABLE AFTER NORTH WEST MOTORBIKE ACCIDENT

A 31-year-old man has been treated for head injuries, after a motorcycle accident in the state’s north west. Emergency services responded to the accident at Ashford, north of Inverell early this morning. The injured man was taken by road ambulance to Inverell Airport, before being flown to Tamworth. He was reported to be in a stable condition.

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CRASH CAUSES TRAFFIC CHAOS AT CHARLESTOWN

There were significant delays at Charlestown this morning, after a car rolled on the Pacific Highway. The accident happened near the intersection of Smart Street at around 9:30 this morning. Northbound traffic was diverted away from the scene, while southbound traffic was unaffected. Got photos or video of the incident? Send it in via our Facebook page or email news@nbntv.com.au

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TOTAL FIRE BANS DECLARED ACROSS NORTHERN NSW

Extreme heat is forecast for most of Northern New South Wales on Sunday, with temperatures in the mid-to-high 30’s expected across the broadcast area. Newcastle is heading for a top of 36 degrees, the Hunter Valley 38, while the mercury could soar above 40 in some parts of the North West. The rural fire service has declared a total fire ban, stretching from the Hunter to the Queensland border. (VISION ONLY)

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