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CARJACKING ORDEAL FOR ELDERLY MEN

Two elderly men have been assaulted during a carjacking in Newcastle. Police say a 72-year-old was getting in to his car on Wood Street, Newcastle West around midday in Thursday when he was approached from behind and assaulted. An 83-year-old who was sitting in the passenger seat was also assaulted during the ordeal. A 32-year-old man was arrested later on Thursday on Brown Street, Raymond Terrace. He’s facing a raft of charges including assault, intimidation and pursuit counts. He’s facing Newcastle Local Court on Friday.

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FEMALE TEACHER CHARGED WITH GROOMING STUDENT

A female teacher is facing court at Toronto on Friday after allegedly grooming a 15-year-old boy at a Hunter Valley high school. Lake Macquarie police allege the 26-year-old woman sent explicit images of herself to a student at the school where she taught. She was arrested at a home in Wyee on Thursday. The teacher has been charged with grooming a child for unlawful activity, aggravated indecent assault and three counts of “aggravated sexually touch another person”.

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FIRE AT TINGHA DOWNGRADED TO “WATCH AND ACT”

*UPDATE* Gilgai Firefighters are working on the eastern side of Gilgai in the vicinity of the Inverell Airport and Ponds Creek area. Crews are working to slow the spread of the fire, assisted by aircraft. Old Mill Crews are conducting backburns on the eastern side of Old Mill. This will extend to Old Armidale Road. There will be an increase in fire activity and smoke in the area while these burns are undertaken. There is a reduced threat to properties. Firefighters continue to work with landholders in the area.     The fire at Tingha is at Emergency Warning level. Overnight the fire spread in a northerly direction towards Gilgai, Ponds Creek, Old Mill and Stannifer. There is a threat ti lives and properties in the area. Easterly winds this morning may push the fire closer to the Gilgai area …

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MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT OF 54-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

A 58 year-old man has been charged after the alleged aggravated sexual assault of a woman in Tamworth last weekend. At around 11pm on Saturday, Oxley Police were told a 54-year-old woman had been sexually assaulted at a home in Tamworth. It’s alleged the woman arrived home, and was detained by a man before being bound and gagged. He allegedly sexually assaulted the woman before leaving. The woman was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to Tamworth Base Hospital for treatment. Detectives later spoke with a 58-year-old man, who had made numerous attempts to contact and see the woman in the days after the incident. During a search of the man’s phone, investigators allegedly found videos of the woman filmed from outside her home without her knowledge. The man is facing a raft of charges including aggravated sexual …

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MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING DEATH OF BABY BOY IN NEW LAMBTON

A 28-year-old New Lambton man will face court today, charged with the alleged murder of a baby boy in his care in the Hunter over the weekend. Shortly after 4.30am on February 9, emergency services were called to a Fairfield Avenue home at New Lambton, following reports a six-month-old boy had gone into cardiac arrest. The infant was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition, but sadly passed away the next day. A post mortem found the baby boy died as a result of a traumatic head injury. Following extensive inquiries, police arrested a 28-year-old man at Budgewoi on Wednesday. He was taken to Wyong Police Station, where he was charged with murder and reckless grievous bodily harm. The New Lambton man was refused bail.

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TINGHA AND TABULAM BUSHFIRES DECLARED NATURAL DISASTERS

Communities in bushfire ravaged Northern New South Wales are now able to apply for disaster assistance, as the NSW State and Commonwealth Governments declare the fires natural disasters. The areas able to apply for assistance include: Armidale, Inverell, Kyogle and Tenterfield. It’s been confirmed by @NSWRFS that the Tingha Fire has claimed 6 homes, and damaged 5. It’s also destroyed 9 outbuildings and damaged 3 @nbnnews — Georgia Maher (@MaherGeorgia) February 13, 2019 Assistance measures available under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements may include: ·         help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged; ·         support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets; ·         concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations; ·         freight subsidies for primary producers; and, ·         grants to eligible non-profit organisations. “Our firies have again …

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WOMAN CHARGED OVER DEVASTATING BUSHFIRE

A 40-year-old woman has been charged with starting a bushfire at Tabulam, west of Casino, which has destroyed several homes in the state’s far north. Police allege the woman set fire to rubbish located in a large steel container in her backyard, then left it unattended on Tuesday morning. The flames then proceeded to spread to bushland behind her home. When she discovered the fire had spread, she rang Triple Zero and unsuccessfully tried to extinguish the blaze with a hose. She’s been charged with intentionally cause fire and be reckless to its spread and set fire during total fire ban, she’ll face Casino Local Court on February 27. The Tabulam bushfire remains at an emergency level on Wednesday night, with at least three homes destroyed and properties still under threat. TABULAM FIRE BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY | An emergency is unfolding in the …

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