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BODY MODIFIER CHARGED OVER DEATH OF CENTRAL COAST MOTHER

A Central Coast tattoo artist and body modifier has been charged in relation to the death of a 30-year-old woman, who allegedly underwent surgery at his Erina business just three weeks prior to her death. The woman’s body was found by her seven-year-old daughter in April, with a post mortem finding infection was the cause of death. It’s understood the woman had complained about complications following the surgery, which involved a “plastic snowflake” being implanted under her skin. Following investigations, police arrested a 37-year-old man at a Terrigal home this morning. He was taken to Gosford Police Station, where he was charged with manslaughter. It comes after he was charged in May with grievous bodily harm in relation to an unrelated case of genital mutilation involving a woman at Newcastle West.

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FIRE CREWS BATTLING BLAZE SOUTH OF CASINO

A watch and act warning has been put in place for a bushfire burning at Ellangowan south of Casino. The fire is burning in the vicinity of Wrench’s Road and Ellangowan Road. Residents in the area are urged to activate their bushfire survival plan. A second watch and act has been put in place for a fire burning further south near West Bungawalbin. For the most up-to-date information visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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MOTORCYCLIST FLOWN TO HOSPITAL AFTER PACIFIC HIGHWAY CRASH

A motorcyclist is lucky to be alive after colliding with a car on the Pacific Highway near Tweed Heads. Shortly before 5 o’clock yesterday a Ford Festiva and Ducati motorcycle were involved in a crash near Clothiers Creek Road. The 56-year-old rider was flown to Gold Coast Hospital in a serious condition, suffering suspected spinal injuries A 34-year-old woman, who was behind the wheel of the Ford was treated for minor injuries. It was the second crash in the area in just over an hour, after a truck crossed onto the wrong side of the road, coming to rest in a cane field. The truck driver was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

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