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SEARCH FOR MISSING 81 CONTAINERS TO START THIS WEEK

An underwater search for more than 80 containers, that fell off a ship during wild weather a fortnight ago, will start later this week. A specialised search boat left Sydney today and is due to begin work off Port Stephens on Thursday. The initial operation will take five days, and is expected to pinpoint the location of some containers and assess the risk to other mariners. (NO AUDIO)

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WOMAN INJURED IN CHARLESTOWN CRASH

A woman has undergone surgery, after a stolen car hit a concrete barrier at Lake Macquarie. Emergency services were called to the scene on the Pacific Highway at Charlestown, at around 1:30 this morning, treating a woman who was a passenger in the car. She was taken to John Hunter Hospital, where she underwent surgery. Local police investigating the crash have been told three men had been seen leaving the scene. A man later attended John Hunter Hospital with injuries relating to a car crash. Georgia Maher will have more details in #NBNNews tonight at 6.

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REFEREE KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS IN ALLEGED BRAWL

A 56-year-old soccer referee has been knocked unconscious during an assault at a match at Bateau Bay on the Central Coast. It’s understood the 56-year-old was struck on the back of the head when he intervened in a brawl between opposing players and spectators in the third-grade clash. He was taken to Gosford Hospital in a stable condition. Anyone who saw the incident is asked to contact police.

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STARS OF NEWCASTLE SHINE FOR CANCER COUNCIL FUNDRAISER

And finally tonight, the Stars of Newcastle hit the dance floor for the Cancer Council’s annual fundraiser. Our very own Jane Goldsmith busted out the moves, wowing the crowds and taking home the People’s Choice award. Jane raised more than 24 thousand dollars – overall, the Stars of Newcastle raised a record breaking $288,000. Rod Cooper was crowned the winner of the night.

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MAN BEHIND BARS FOR ALLEGED HORRIFIC CRIME AGAINST SCHOOL GIRL

The bravery of a young girl – and the power of a community have led to the arrest of a man, accused of an unspeakable crime. Among 200 phone calls to police – a tip that led to the alleged sex predator. But it was the 11 year old victim – who had the courage to report the crime, and the strength to relive it – that means a Newcastle community can sleep a little easier tonight. NOTE: Please be advised the identity of the accused has been suppressed by order of a court. Any comments or posts which identify or lead to the identification of the accused may impact court proceedings.

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