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FREEZING START ACROSS THE HUNTER

The Hunter has shivered through one of the coldest days in recent memory, with the mercury falling to below freezing in some parts. While it meant getting out of bed was that little bit more difficult – it also made for a picturesque start to the day. See more photos in our NBN News Photo Gallery

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MAN INJURED IN CARDIFF HOME INVASION

A 77-year-old man has been left with a minor head injury, after he was assaulted during a home invasion at Lake Macquarie. The man was woken at around 1 o’clock this morning, when he heard someone knocking on the door of his Penylan Street home at Cardiff. A short time later, three men forced their way into the home, hitting the man over the head with a firearm. The trio, who had their faces covered, fled the scene with the man’s wallet and mobile phone. The 77-year-old resident was taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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RECORD ATTEMPT OF MOST PEOPLE WEARING AKUBRA HATS

The Stroud Brick & Rolling Pin competition added another touch of Australiana to this year’s program, with a tilt at the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing Akubra style hats. They came from as far as Foster for a photo in their trusty old hats, which will be sent to officials for verification. The home of the Akubra, Kempsey holds the record at one thousand, nine hundred and twelve.

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NEWCASTLE COUPLE COMPLETE LEG OF ROUND THE WORLD YACHT RACE

A Newcastle couple is celebrating after completing a leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Peter Hartigan and Louise Costello have just arrived in Northern Ireland, after spending the last two weeks and 3,000 nautical miles racing each other from New York City. Despite not being a sailor, the 59-year-old businessman was the first to arrive with his team Dare To Lead, out performing Louise’s PSP Logistics team. The Clipper Race trains non-professionals to be ocean faring sailors.

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TALKING MENTAL HEALTH

Craig Hamilton’s journey with mental illness is no secret. His experience and courage has helped him reduce stigma surrounding mental health, and now he’s planning on sharing what he’s learnt in a special community forum. Buy tickets to the event by visiting the link below https://www.westsnewcastle.com.au/events/lets-talk-mental-health

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UNLIKELY REFEREE IN KANGAROO FIGHT

A wombat has stepped in as a surprise referee, in a scuffle between two Kangaroos in the Hunter Valley. The vision from the Cedar Creek Wombat Hospital, west of Cessnock, shows the cheeky wombat digging in its claws, in an attempt to split the sparring pair. The hospital’s owners commenting on Facebook: “I do wake up to a lot of mess from the released kids parting all night, but had to laugh at the males fighting and a wombat wanting to play as well”.

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