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PAIR CHARGED OVER WAUCHOPE ASSAULT

Two 18-year-old women have been charged, after they allegedly robbed and assaulted a man at Wauchope last week. It’s alleged the pair were part of a group who entered a licensed premises on the Oxley Highway on Wednesday, threatening and assaulting a 28-year-old man as well as demanding cash and other items. The two women were arrested at Port Macquarie Police Station on Monday afternoon. Both were charged with robbery in company and will face court next month.

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NORTH COAST DAIRY FARMERS DISAPPOINTED OVER NORCO DUMPING

North coast dairy farmers have expressed their disappointment at a state government decision to dump NORCO as the supplier for 15 hospitals and health services between Tweed Heads and Port Macquarie.   The contract has been handed to Queensland’s Dairy Farmers, which is owned by Japanese brewer, Kirin. NORCO’S head of retail, Andrew Burns, says it was clearly a business decision, and he fears local farmers will be denied the chance to supply their products. (VISION ONLY)  

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MANNING VALLEY ANIMAL RESCUE FORCED TO CLOSE

Rescued cats and kittens are looking for a new home after Manning Valley Animal Rescue has been forced to close it’s doors.   The owners are attributing a lack of community support to the Old Bar centres closure. It housed many dogs looking for new owners, and was the only purpose build centre for cats in the region. “It will be the cats who are the losers in the end which is a shame, we feel terrible doing it but you know it can’t be left to a few people we really need help from the public if they want to keep MVA doors open.” The owners haven’t ruled out starting again in Taree, but it would need financial backing from the community. All of the dogs have been re-homed but there are plenty of cats still looking for their …

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FIRE DESTROYS SAWTELL HOME

A house in Sawtell has been gutted by a blaze which broke out in a bedroom shortly after 2.30 this afternoon. Two occupants of the home, a woman and her eight year old son, escaped the Barcoo Court residence without injury. Emergency services were quick to arrive on the scene and extinguished the blaze before it was able to spread to neighbouring homes. The cause of the fire is the subject of an investigation.

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