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ALLEGED DRUG DRIVER CRASHES B-DOUBLE NEAR GRAFTON

The driver of a B-double truck that crashed on the outskirts of Grafton overnight has been charged with drug driving. Around 8pm, emergency services were called to the Summerland Way at Carrs Creek, after the northbound heavy vehicle rolled onto its side and slid about 100m into a fence. The driver, a 43-year-old man from Concord, escaped without injury but the truck and its paper load, was extensively damaged. The driver returned a negative roadside breath test, but a drug test returned a positive result for methamphetamine. Officers searched the truck cabin and seized an ice pipe, during a further search officers seized 11 clear, re-sealable bags containing a crystal substance alleged to be ice. The man was arrested and taken to Grafton Police Station where he was charged with drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, supply a prohibited drug, and …

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GLOUCESTER GROUNDSWELL STILL FIGHTING AGAINST ROCKY HILL MINE

Community group, Gloucester Groundswell has taken its fight against the Rocky Hill coal mine to court. The Land and Environment Court will conduct a merit review of the proposal, after two development applications were previously knocked back. Gloucester Groundswell is fighting for a new location for the mine, to minimise its impact on residents and their homes. The court case will run in Sydney for the next three weeks. (VISION ONLY)  

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CCTV IMAGES RELEASED IN ROBBERY INVESTIGATION

Police have released a number of CCTV images from two armed robberies on the Mid North Coast, in the hope of tracking down those involved. The first of the two happened at Wauchope on May 27, when three men, armed with a samurai sword, wooden club and machete, entered a hotel on High Street. The men jumping the counter, and assaulting two staff members. The second robbery occurred at Krambach in the early hours of July 8, leaving a 27-year-old with minor injuries after four males broke into a service station on The Bucketts Way. Police are now hoping to speak with three men, who are described as being of Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander appearance and of a slim build. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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INQUIRY CONTINUES INTO GYNAECOLOGIST DOCTOR EMIL GAYED

Mid north coast residents have another six week weeks to make submissions to an inquiry into doctor Emil Gayed. Dozens of women from across the state have so far lodged complaints regarding treatment by the gynaecologist, who worked at Manning Base Hospital, as well as Kempsey District Hospital and Grafton Base Earlier this year, Dr Gayed was banned from practising medicine for three years due to professional misconduct. Now the independent inquiry is looking specifically into the care and safety of patients under his supervision. Submissions can be emailed to gayed review@health.nsw.gov.au. (VISION ONLY)

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