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TRAM BREAKS DOWN IN NEWCASTLE FOUR DAYS INTO LIGHT RAIL SERVICES

Just four days after services opened to the public, a light rail vehicle has broken down at Newcastle Beach. Trams are double parking at the Newcastle Beach Station. Keolis Downer says a ‘technical issue’ will be assessed after this afternoon’s peak hour, and all services are running on time. A technical issue will be assessed on-site after the PM peak. Meanwhile, the stand-by tram is on the network and all services are operating according to schedule. — Andrew Fletcher (@AFletcherHunter) February 20, 2019 We’ll have more details as they come into the newsroom.

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NEW ROUNDHOUSE OWNER TAKES A TOUR

The new owner of Newcastle’s ‘Roundhouse’ says the city’s first five-star hotel will honour our laid-back nature. Syrian entrepreneur Ghassan Aboud today toured what is currently still the home of Newcastle Council. He says he’s fallen for the Roundhouse’s structure… including the oddly-shaped rooms. “And you shouldn’t worry, the room will be really wonderful – because some people say the room will be like a pizza, a piece of pizza, but don’t worry, it’ll be lovely pizza.” Mr Aboud wants the transformation to be complete in late 2020… and hopes to open a second five-star hotel in Newcastle, after that. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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MAN’S CAR ALLEGEDLY STOLEN, DAYS AFTER HOUSE BURNS DOWN

A Hunter man’s car has been stolen, just days after his house was gutted by a fierce blaze. Mick Mason’s four-wheel drive was taken from outside a property on Sandgate Road on Saturday night. The vehicle was found by officers yesterday… they’ve since charged a 24-year-old man. Sadly, the car is beyond repair. Last week, Mr Mason and his elderly mother had to flee their burning home, on the same street. (VISION ONLY)

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