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PAPADATOS CLAIMS ULTIMATE PRIZE IN PORTUGAL

The Central Coast’s Dimi Papadatos has claimed one of the biggest victories of his career – taking out the Portugal Open. The 26 year-old finished at seven-under – two strokes clear of his nearest rival, bringing him one step closer to his goal of playing on the European PGA Tour. (Image courtesy of Filipe Guerra)  

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POLICE RELEASE IMAGES TO HELP FIND WANTED BROTHERS IN NSW NORTH WEST

Police have released the images of two men, wanted on outstanding drug related warrants in the New South Wales North West. Liam and Rhys Hoynes are known to frequent Inverell and could possibly be in Queensland. The 24-year-old brothers are described as being of Caucasian appearance, with a medium build, brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone who sees or has information about their location is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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KITE SURFER FOUND SAFE AT HOME AFTER SEARCH

Reports of a missing kite surfer at Blue Bay last night prompted a quick response from emergency services. After a member of the public called in around 6pm, a rescue helicopter, water police and volunteers from Surf Lifesaving Central Coast embarked on a search – even sending out flares. It was later discovered only the kite had gone missing – its owner was thankfully, safe at home. (no audio)

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GAV’S WEATHER: FINE CONDITIONS RETURN TO THE COAST

Murrurundi in the Upper Hunter is experiencing its worst drought in more than 50 years, and there is still no relief in sight. The lack of relief is due to the latest blocking high moving in to the Great Australian Bight. It is set to strengthen, becoming enormous and once again will negate any chance of inland rain relief for much of the nation. A shower band running along the coastal fringe will move further offshore, meaning the coast will become fine although still cool thanks to south westerly winds.

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ACCUSED KIDNAPPER FACING EXTRADITION

The man accused of kidnapping a 12-year-old Gold Coast boy for a sum of money, and taking him across state lines to New South Wales is facing extradition back to Queensland. Authorities are expected to apply for the 53-year-old man to be extradited in Grafton Local Court this morning, after which he will likely to be formally charged with kidnapping for ransom. The boy was reunited with his family last night, after 30 hours apart.

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FIRE CAUSES SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ABANDONED LENAGHANS LANDMARK

Police are investigating after the former Lenaghans Pub near Minmi, was significantly damaged by fire over the weekend. Emergency services were called to the address on Lenaghans Drive just after eight o’clock on Sunday morning, when they found the building well alight. The cause of the fire is unknown, however the historic building has sustained significant damage. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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SPECIAL MEMORIAL UNVEILED FOR YOUNG LIVES LOST

It took almost a half a century…but there was a sense of closure for many Hunter families today…More than 40-years after laying their little ones to rest at Wallsend Cemetery. Sadly, lost records meant many never knew where they were buried – but now they have a place – to remember them. For more information please contact Newcastle City Council.

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