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DISQUALIFIED DRIVER CAUGHT DOING ALMOST 200 KM/H

A 35-year-old man has been arrested, after he was caught travelling at almost 200 kilometres an hour on the Mid North Coast. Officers spotted a Ford Falcon on the Pacific Highway at Raleigh at around 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, attempting to pull over the vehicle after it was detected travelling 196 km/h in a 110 km/h zone. It’s understood the car accelerated away, with police catching up with it near East West Road. The driver was charged with a string of offences including drive motor vehicle during disqualified period His passenger was also charged with two outstanding warrants. Both are expected to face court later today.

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METHAMPHETAMINE SEIZED AFTER MID NORTH COAST CRASH

Police have uncovered half of kilogram of methamphetamine, after seizing a vehicle involved in an accident on the state’s Mid North Coast. Emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway at Nambucca Heads at around 6:30 yesterday morning, finding a Toyota Corolla which had hit a safety barrier. The 26-year-old driver of the car was arrested, with a search of the vehicle uncovering the illicit drug. He was taken to Macksville Police Station and charged with supply prohibited drug – commercial quantity. A fuel drum containing a clear liquid chemical was also seized, and will undergo further examination.

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PRISON OFFICER CHARGED OVER ALLEGED RELATIONSHIP WITH JAIL INMATE

A female prison officer has been charged over an alleged sexual relationship with a notorious criminal at a Mid North Coast correctional facility. The 34-year-old was arrested at a home at Smithtown near Kempsey yesterday, in relation to the alleged relationship with police murderer Sione Pensini. She was issued a Court Attendance Notice for misconduct in public office and larceny, and is expected to face Kempsey Local Court later this month. She has since been suspended by Corrective Services NSW.

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FATAL CRASH WEST OF COFFS HARBOUR

A man has died after the car he was driving left the road and hit a tree at Tyringham, west of Coffs Harbour. Emergency services were called to the scene on Tyringham Road at around 11 o’clock last night, after reports a car had struck a tree near the intersection of Armidale Road. The driver of the Holden Commodore, who was the only person in the car, died at the scene.

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HIGH-RANKING FINKS BIKIE ARRESTED IN THRUMSTER

A high-ranking member of the Finks outlaw motorcycle gang has been arrested over a number of offences. Strike force investigators executed a seach warrant at a home in Thrumster yesterday, seizing methamphetamine, cash, a push dagger and a Rolex watch. A 39-year-old man has been charged with grievous bodily harm, attempting to kidnap and threaten a person, and the supply of prohibited drugs. (VISION ONLY – NO AUDIO)

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