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SECOND ARREST OVER ALLEGED CANNABIS SUPPLY

A second person has been charged over the alleged supply of cannabis from a property south of Taree. A tip-off from the public led police to search a home at Nabiac on Wednesday, where they allegedly found almost 25-kilograms of cannabis and more than half-a-million dollars in cash. A 60-year-old man was charged later that day. Following further inquiries, police arrested a 44-year-old woman at the same home last night. She’s been granted conditional bail, to appear before Taree Local Court on December 17.

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GALLERY: HUNTER ROCKED BY EARLY MORNING STORMS

PHOTO Kim Jones Newcastle and the Hunter have has been rocked by early morning storms. NBN weatherman Gavin Morris says this area of instability is going to linger for northern NSW and SE QLD across the weekend so more storms and rain periods are expected. More details to come. PHOTO Natalie McCabe PHOTO Michelle Faithful    PHOTO Matthew Garrett PHOTO Benedict Sutton PHOTO Jacob Brice 

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BOOST TO NEWCASTLE NIGHTLIFE

Starting January, Hunter Street Mall will come alive at night twice a month. Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy has announced the New South Wales Farmers Markets have been selected to operate two Friday night events each month. “This is great news for the CBD and Newcastle in general,” Mr McCloy said. “The night markets will add to the diversity of experiences in the city and open up this area to a whole new demographic in the evening.” The night markets are expected to feature between 80 to 100 stallholders, selling fresh produce as well as a range of hand made goods.

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ARREST OVER LAKE MACQUARIE ROBBERY

A teenager has been charged over a robbery in Blackalls Park near Toronto yesterday. At around four o’clock in the afternoon, police say a 17 year old boy entered a convenience store on Fawcett Street, then threatened the 62 year old male attendant demanding cash. When the attendant refused, it’s alleged the teen stole cigarettes and threw items around the store. Police from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command were contacted and after patrolling the area, arrested a teen. He was taken to Toronto Police Station and charged with robbery. He was given strict bail conditions to attend children’s court on Monday December 9.

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ARNOLD TALKS ABOUT MOVE

Graham Arnold has today addressed the media about his decision to leave the Central Coast Mariners. After three seasons with the club, he’s signed a deal with J-League powerhouse Vegalta Sendai. Today, Arnold said after securing the A-League premiership last season, he’s looking for the next challenge in his career and Asia is one of the best places to achieve that. Arnold says he’d love to fill a few positions at his new Japanese club with Australian players – including rising star Tomy Rogic. Arnold will join his J league outfit in January and believes Aussie quality could be the key to a successful season.

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90 POLICE OFFICERS APPOINTED FOR NORTH COAST

The Police Association of NSW held a press conference this morning to address the ongoing issue of critical staff shortages across the state. Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Michael Gallacher announced the appointment of 90 more officers between Port Stephens to the Tweed between now and 2015. “What we are now looking at is staggering police resources from upcoming increases in authorised strengths to be allocated to the North Coast,” Minister Gallacher said.  

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HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN STATE’S NORTH

Police are investigating the discovery of human remains on a property near Kyogle. At about 6pm yesterday police were called to a property on Simes Road, Gradys Creek, about 25km north of Kyogle, following reports that human remains had been found. Police located the remains and established a crime scene. A guard was placed at the scene overnight, with further examination of the area to be conducted today.  

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