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MOTHER BREAKS DOWN AFTER INQUEST INTO TODDLER’S DEATH

The mother of a Sydney toddler, killed when a mid north coast war memorial collapsed, today broke down outside court. Tamica Harrower spoke following the end of a three-day coronial inquest into the death of three-year-old Indy Henderson. “Our priority is to get answers as to why a horrific event should have occured, taking such a young beautiful life – ensuring without a shadow of a doubt, that this never happens to another innocent child or family.” Earlier, the inquest heard from the stonemason who built the monument at Blackhead Bowling Club. The now 80-year-old is no longer working in the industry, having completed his last job around a month ago. The coroner is due to deliver her findings on December 17. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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MASS YOGA CLASS TO BEND OVER BACKWARDS FOR MARK HUGHES FOUNDATION

A football stadium sounds like an unlikely place for yogis to gather – yet hundreds are going to bend over backwards at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday morning. It’s all for a cause close to the hearts of the Newcastle Knights, and rugby league supporters. MORE INFO AND YOGA DONATIONS: https://borneocoasttocoast2018.everydayhero.com/au/cveta-and-jess MARK HUGHES FOUNDATION: https://markhughesfoundation.com.au/news/news-borneo-trek/

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HAY BALES DESTROYED IN MUSWELLBROOK BLAZE

A shed and dozens of hay bales have been destroyed, in an early morning blaze just outside of Muswellbrook. Shortly after 5am, Fire and Rescue and Rural Fire Service crews were called to a property on Kayuga Road. Crews have spent hours trying to bring the fire under control, but it’s believed nothing is salvageable. Firefighters remain on site at a hay shed fire Kayuga Rd, #Muswellbrook. #NSWRFS & #FRNSW crews responded to the fire just after 5am. Around 20 – 30 bales destroyed. As crews allow the remaining bales to burn out smoke will be visible from Muswellbrook township. pic.twitter.com/ghZv9OZL4E — NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) October 16, 2018 (VISION ONLY – SUPPLIED BY FIRE & RESCUE MUSWELLBROOK)

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ELDERLY MAN CHARGED WITH ALLEGED INDECENT ASSAULT OF TEEN

A 74-year-old man has been charged, after allegedly indecently assaulting a teenage female employee at a Hunter takeaway shop. Detectives started an investigation earlier this week, after reports a young girl had been indecently assaulted while at work. Following investigations, an elderly man was arrested at a shop on Tarean Road, Karuah yesterday. Police will allege in court that the girl was indecently assaulted on a number of occasions while working alone with her employer at a takeaway store at Karuah. He was formally refused bail at Raymond Terrace Local Court yesterday, to reappear on November 6. Investigations are continuing.

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DECOMPOSING WHALE WASHES ASHORE AT ONE MILE

A whale carcass has washed ashore at One Mile Beach in Port Stephens. Council has closed parts of the beach until further notice, with the remains of the animal increasing the risk of shark activity in the area. It’s believed the decomposing carcass washed up sometime yesterday. Port Stephens Council has closed One Mile Beach today and NPWS has also closed Samurai Beach due to a large decomposed whale carcass washing up and risk of increased shark activity @slsnsw @PSCouncil @BeachwatchNSW — Environment+Heritage (@OEHmedia) October 16, 2018 (VISION ONLY)

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WESTPAC RESCUE HELICOPTER VETERAN RETIRES

When it comes to passion and dedication to a job, you’d be hard pressed to find a better example than Graham Nickisson. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter aircrew officer has seen the best and worst of events, in some 38 years flying emergency missions across northern New South Wales. Now, he’s retiring from the frontline… but he won’t be lost to the service entirely.

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GAV’S WEATHER: INLAND RAIN ON THE WAY

Inland New South Wales there is a system that should deliver valuable rain tomorrow. Eastern Australia has plenty of cloud over it while the western half of the country is sunny and dry. Onshore winds will continue causing more showers for most coastal areas. Tomorrow should also see more rain fall across western New South Wales. That system will reach the western slopes of the Great Divide on Wednesday producing some okay follow up rain in the coming days. A warm day is on the way with inland storms developing while the showers continue along the northern New South Wales and South East Queensland coasts.

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ARMED ROBBERY AT SANDGATE

A bottle shop has been held up in Shortland by two people with a gun overnight. Police say a motorbike pulled up at the Sandgate Road shop just after 6pm, and a man walked into the store, while his accomplice stayed with the bike. The man removed a shortened double-barrelled shotgun from his backpack and threatened a female employee, demanding money from the register. The 55-year-old woman complied with the demands and handed over a sum of cash. It’s believed the robber jumped on the back of the bike ridden by the accomplice and fled the scene. Police say the armed man was wearing a black helmet, black jacket and blue jeans with a black backpack. The other was wearing a multi-coloured Motocross style helmet and blue rimmed goggles with grey track pants and a grey hoodie. Police are looking …

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