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TWO MEN CHARGED OVER ALLEGED LISMORE BREAK IN AND ASSAULT

Two men have been arrested following an alleged break-in and assault on the North Coast earlier this week. Just before 5pm on Monday, three armed men confronted a 41-year-old man at the front door of his The Channon home. The men allegedly assaulted the resident and fled the Nimbin Road address. On Tuesday police arrested two men aged 49 and 19-years-old. Both were charged with aggravated enter dwelling with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The 49-year-old was refused bail and will front Lismore Local Court on Wednesday. The 19-year-old was granted conditional bail, to also appear at Lismore Local Court on November 26. Investigations are continuing.

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GAV’S WEATHER: LOTS OF CLOUD BUT LITTLE RAIN

There’s a lot of cloud today but little rain. A lot of it was virga – which means the rain fell from the cloud but evaporated before it reached the ground. A trough will once again make its way north allowing for a weak southerly to move in tomorrow. Showers with a few storms will develop along the northern New South Wales ranges and adjacent coastal areas with the inland rain clearing. Another cloud affected day with showers set to fall along the coast and northern ranges. Showers clearing inland. The warm air will be replaced with cooler conditions on Friday behind the system.

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ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY AT A NEWCASTLE SERVICE STATION

A man has been charged after an attempted armed robbery at a Mayfield West service station this morning. Police say the 30-year-old man entered the Maitland Road station just after midnight and threatened the employee with a knife. It’s believed the staff member took shelter in a back room of the business while he waited for the alleged offender to leave. He returned a second time when he saw the employee at the counter – and again threatened them with a knife but left empty handed. Local police patrolling the area were alerted and found the alleged offender in a street nearby, seizing his knife for forensic examination. The man who is from Sydney, was arrested and charged with assault with intent to rob armed with offensive weapon, and custody of knife in public place. This is the second attempted …

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FEARNLEY NAMED NSW AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

UPDATE: It’s our nation’s top gong – Australian of the Year. Now Kurt Fearnley is a contender – having beat fellow Novocastrians, Mark Hughes and Joanne McCarthy, to the New South Wales title. He’s won sporting gold – and inspired many – but this latest honour took the Paralympian and disability advocate by surprise. See full story at bottom of article. WATCH KURT’S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH: EARLIER: Three-time Paralympic gold medallist, and Novocastrian Kurt Fearnley AO can now add another achievement to his name – the 2019 New South Wales Australian of the Year. The 37-year-old retired from international wheelchair racing this year, receiving his latest honour at an award ceremony in Sydney overnight. Fearnley was born without part of his spine and has championed the rights of people with disability. Newcastle Herald journalist, Joanne McCarthy and brain cancer research advocate …

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GAV’S WEATHER: RAIN RETURNS FOR PARTS OF AUSTRALIA

Central southern Australia will see most of the cloud and rain as the next system begins to make its way across Victoria and the Murray. North east New South Wales is clear, sunny and quite hot. The high will move out over the Tasman keeping the ocean swell at a minimum. Temperatures will be high for another day. The next rain belt will arrive on Thursday and things will cool back down. So another warm to hot day with north west to north east winds. High cloud increasing as Thursdays rain slowly approaches.

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ROBBERY AT SERVICE STATION NEAR NEWCASTLE

Two men have robbed a service station on Cormorant Street at Kooragang early this morning. Police say the two men approached the counter about 1.40am, where one of the offenders threatened the employee. That person took shelter in an office while one man took cigarettes and cash. Both men fled the scene on foot. Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the men, or have dashcam footage from Cormorant Street to contact Crime Stoppers.

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WOMAN FATALLY STABBED AT TWEED HEADS

A woman has been killed in what’s believed to be a domestic related incident on the New South Wales North Coast. Police were called to the Tweed Heads unit around 6:30pm on Monday night where they found the 63-year-old woman with critical injuries. She suffered fatal stab wounds and died at the scene. A 64-year-old man was found in the unit and after a struggle with police he was a arrested and charged with the woman’s murder. Police say the pair were known to each other. He was refused bail and will appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today.

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