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WOMAN ARRESTED IN LAKE MACQUARIE PURSUIT

A 26-year-old woman has been arrested, after an overnight police pursuit through the Lake Macquarie suburb of Windale. Police attempted to stop a Holden Commodore around 1am this morning, after it allegedly travelled at speed and failed to give way at the intersection of Lachlan and Oxley Streets. Officers began a short pursuit, before the driver fled the car on foot into bushland off Cherry Street. With the assistance of the Police dog unit, a 26-year-old woman was located and arrested. She was charged with multiple offences, including driving when license suspended, and will face court later today.

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GROUP OF CHILDREN APPROACHED AT LAKE MACQUARIE

Police are appealing for information after five children were approached by a man at Morisset Park at Lake Macquarie on Saturday afternoon. Officers have been told a man stopped his car near the group on Lakeview Road around 3pm, inviting them to pat his pet Chihuahua. The group declined and alerted police. The man is described as being aged in his 70s, with short grey hair and wearing a dark long-sleeved shirt. The dog is described as a small cream-coloured Chihuahua. He was driving a white Toyota Corolla with purple tinted windows. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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23-YEAR-OLD INJURED AFTER FALLING FROM UTE NEAR CESSNOCK

A 23-year-old man remains in a critical condition in hospital, after falling from the back of a ute at Bellbird in the Hunter region. The man fell from the Toyota Hilux around 1:30 this morning, as the ute turned into Atkinson Street. He sustained severe head injuries and was taken to John Hunter Hospital. The driver, a 25-year-old man was subjected to a roadside breath test where he returned a reading of 0.098. He was arrested and charged with multiple offences including dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and will face court in June.

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PARKING TIME LIMIT CHANGES TO DRAW PEOPLE INTO CBD

Newcastle City Council is trying a new tactic to attract people to the CBD. Time limits at a number of parking spots along Wharf Road have been altered, to make the area more appealing for visitors. The northern side of Wharf Road has been changed from four hours to two hour parking, while the Queens Wharf and Boat Harbour car parks are now four hour zones. Parking at Foreshore Park is now an all-day eight hour space. (VISION ONLY)

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ART AND CRAFT FEVER HITS NEWCASTLE

From embroidery to scrapbooking, Newcastle Jockey Club has been transformed into a mecca for craft lovers this weekend. Thousands of people have opened their wallets and explored some DIY magic, as part of the city’s inaugural ‘Craft Alive’ exhibition. “It is the largest show Newcastle has ever seen…we’ve got some great local shops and exhibitors, we’ve got people that travel all over the world and are known in America as well,” event manager Sally Taylor said. The event wraps up at 4pm tomorrow.

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CHANGE ON THE WAY FOR NEWCASTLE BUS TIMETABLES

Newcastle’s bus timetable will change, following intense community backlash. Keolis Downer says there are some connections on the timetable – brought in back in January – that aren’t working. Several changes are proposed, aimed at improving links within eastern Lake Macquarie. The new timetable will be available in July. The Rail Tram and Bus Union has welcomed the move – but says it’s long overdue.

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