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TEENAGER CHARGED OVER AN ALLEGED STABBING

A teenager has been charged with stabbing a man at a home near Kempsey in the early hours of yesterday morning. The 20-year-old male victim had already been taken to hospital by friends by the time emergency services arrived at the Gowings Road home at Dondingalong. A 17-year-old boy was later arrested by police, charged with reckless wounding and refused bail. Police also spoke with a 16-year-old boy, allegedly involved in another stabbing at the same home that night.

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P-PLATER CAUGHT DRIVING MORE THAN FOUR TIMES OVER THE LIMIT

A P-plater has been caught driving more than four times over the blood-alcohol limit at South West Rocks. The 41-year-old woman suddenly attempted a U-turn in front of an oncoming vehicle yesterday afternoon and crashed. She failed a roadside breath test, her licence was suspended and she’s due to appear in Kempsey Court on January 21. A 64-year-old woman was taken to hospital for chest bruising. (VISION ONLY – NO SOUND)

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CATAMARAN DUO RESCUED OFF COFFS

Two Kempsey brothers narrowly avoided injury, when their catamaran capsized off Coffs Harbour late on Tuesday. It’s understood a rope on the mast snapped, causing the vessel to roll. Shortly before 6pm, Marine Rescue received the callout and towed the capsized vessel safely to the Jetty boat ramp.

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NEW YEAR’S DAY SHOCKER

A woman is facing a high range drink driving charge after attempting a u-turn and crashing into a another car at South West Rocks on New Year’s Day. The 41-year-old Rav 4 driver didn’t indicate when she pulled out, crashing into a sedan being driven by a 64-year-old woman. Police say the 41-year-old appeared to be affected by alcohol and a breath analysis showed a reading of 0.233. Her provisional licence was cancelled. She’s been charged with High Range 2nd offence and will face Kempsey Local Court later this month. The 64-year-old victim was taken to hospital with chest injuries.

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BUSHFIRE BURNING NEAR TEA GARDENS

Waterbombing aircraft have been called in to assist firefighters, who are working to contain a bushfire at Tea Gardens at Port Stephens. A Large Air Tanker has been deployed to assist firefighters at Viney Creek Road East, Tea Gardens fire. Fire is currently burning in south westerly direction, north of Monkey Jacket. If in area, monitor conditions and take advice from firefighters. #nswfires #nswrfs pic.twitter.com/A0kGUN3uAD — NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 1, 2019 The blaze is burning near Viney Creek Road, and has already torn through more than 40 hectares of bushland. No homes are currently under threat, however, the fire is moving in a southerly direction under gusty winds. It remains at Advice level. Those in the area should continue to follow the instructions of fire crews on the ground.

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FIRE DESTROYS HOME IN PORT MACQUARIE

It’s been a shocking start to the New Year for a family in Port Macquarie, after their home was destroyed by fire. Emergency services were called to the scene just before nine o’clock last night to find the property well alight. Firefighters say while the main body of the fire was in the kitchen and sun room at the rear of the property, the entire home has been severely damaged. Fortunately no one was home at the time. The cause and origin is under investigation. (VISION ONLY – NO AUDIO)

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APPEAL FOR INFORMATION OVER REMAINS FOUND NEAR TAREE

Investigators are looking to speak with witnesses, after the discovery of human remains in bushland near Taree last week. The body is now believed to be the that of a man in his 40s. Investigators suspect the man may have died at another location and his body was then dumped in the Yarratt State Forest earty Thursday morning. They’re urging anyone with dash-cam footage from around that time to provide copies to police.

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OUT OF CONTROL BUSHFIRE SOUTH OF PORT MACQUARIE

Firefighters on the mid north coast have been kept busy on the last day of 2018, trying to contain a bushfire burning near Port Macquarie. Fanned by strong winds, the blaze is heading in a south westerly direction, and has scorched around 100 hectares along the Elkhorn Trail at Lake Innes. 16 crews have been working on the ground, while waterbombing aircraft assisted from above… reloading with water from the Hastings River. Two large Sydney-based airtankers were also called in to assist. At this stage, no properties are under threat, but Ocean Drive has been closed in both directions… and nearby beaches have been evacuated. (VISION ONLY)

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