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Police have charged a 32-year-old man over a carjacking in Newcastle. Witnesses say a male attempted to force an elderly couple from their car on Wood Street, at around midday yesterday. When they resisted, he allegedly targeted an 83-year-old man, in a different vehicle. “He was in the passenger side, waiting for his daughter to come out of the salon, and yeah.” “He was, he was shaken, but he was alright.” “It’s bad everywhere, I think these days. You can’t really go anywhere without looking over your shoulder.” Police arrested the 32-year-old accused at a Raymond Terrace home.

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Police are searching the Dudley, Whitebridge and Redhead areas for a woman who’s been missing since Wednesday. 37-year-old Ashly Bates was last seen at a home in Whitebridge. She’s hasn’t contacted her family and her phone was found by a member of the public at Dudley Bluff. Polair and Dog Unit are also involved in the search. Ashly is described as being of Caucasian appearance, approximately 168cm tall, with dark shoulder-length hair, fair complexion and tattoos on the inside of her wrists. She was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt and pyjama pants.

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Police want the public’s help to find a man wanted on an outstanding warrant in the Hunter Valley. Dwayne Perry is wanted over an alleged stabbing on the 3rd of February this year. He’s described as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander appearance, of a slim build, with tattoos of the words ‘MAY’ on his neck and ‘Perry Brothers’ on his back, and with brown hair and blue eyes. Police say the 32-year-old is believed to be in the Raymond Terrace area or wider Hunter Valley.

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian has ridden the first passenger tram service down Hunter street this morning, joined by primary school students and older members of the community. She tapped on at Newcastle Beach with Minister for Transport Andrew Constance, who were met at Newcastle Interchange by a crowd with mixed reviews. “I remember when I first became the Transport Minister nobody used public transport in the CBD of Newcastle, the buses ran around empty and services didn’t connect. This frequency and the value for money is going to attract people like never before,” said Premier Berejiklian. The official first day of operation is this Sunday where all fares will be on the Minister for Transport. Come Monday full fare services will run every 10 minutes. That’s less frequently than originally thought as the sixth and final tram is yet to arrive …

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Two elderly men have been assaulted during a carjacking in Newcastle. Police say a 72-year-old was getting in to his car on Wood Street, Newcastle West around midday in Thursday when he was approached from behind and assaulted. An 83-year-old who was sitting in the passenger seat was also assaulted during the ordeal. A 32-year-old man was arrested later on Thursday on Brown Street, Raymond Terrace. He’s facing a raft of charges including assault, intimidation and pursuit counts. He’s facing Newcastle Local Court on Friday.

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