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PARTNER OF HIGH-RANKING FINKS BIKIE FACES COURT

The partner of high-ranking Finks bikie Adam Smith has faced Port Macquarie Local Court charged with knowingly taking part in the supply of a prohibited drug and two counts of possessing a prohibited drug, after police raided a home at Thrumster last Wednesday. 35-year-old Skye Smith pleaded NOT guilty to all three charges. She’ll re-appear on September 19. Adam Smith will face a raft of charges including kidnap, assault and drug supply, in early October. (VISION ONLY – NO AUDIO)

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COFFS CLARENCE POLICE WELCOME NEWEST TOP COP

The Coffs Clarence Police District has welcomed its newest top cop. Superintendent Steve Clarke has hit the ground running, after taking over from Mark Holahan. “Extremely busy district the police here work very very hard, we have a great relationship with the community.” Superintendent Clarke says he hopes to build on that relationship, and better provide for the community as a whole. “Certainly on domestic violence and youth issues in this area, there will also be a focus on property crime, and also drugs are obviously always a concern as well.”

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE SPOTLIGHT

It’s National Homelessness Week, and Coffs Harbour’s major shortage of affordable housing is back in the spotlight. An open day was held at Coffs Community Village, bringing together a number of support groups that are taking on the fight to find housing for those who are struggling. “It’s one of the difficult parts of this job is that we’re seeing a lot of young people in crisis and it’s just really hard for the demographic when they’ve got no support so we try and help out as best we can.” There were more than 37,000 homeless people in New South Wales in the most recent census. The homeless rate has spiked by 37 per cent since 2011.

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