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MORE STRIKE ACTION ON THE CARDS FOR DOWNER GROUP WORKERS

Downer Group workers will down tools again this week as they fight for better pay and work conditions. More than 400 workers will take part in a series of four hour stoppages which start on Monday. It comes less than a fortnight after a three day strike which saw workers march on the Newcastle light rail project. Workers will meet on Wednesday to discuss further industrial action. Note: No audio

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MAN ARRESTED OVER ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL

WATCH: MAN BEHIND BARS FOR ALLEGED HORRIFIC CRIME AGAINST SCHOOL GIRL —— A 47-year-old man has been refused bail, charged with the alleged abduction and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl earlier this week. Newcastle Police Superintendent Brett Greentree and Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec addressed the media this morning, here’s some of what they had to say. The 47yo has been charged with kidnaping, six counts of aggravated sexual assault & four counts of aggravated indecent assault. Supt. Greentree “These allegations are horrific…not only against this brave little girl but the community..” @nbnnews pic.twitter.com/aHvl1nUAMY — Georgia Maher (@MaherGeorgia) June 17, 2018 Commander of Newcastle Police has said it’s been a “very hard week, a very tough week” in the search for the man accused of the kidnap and aggravated sexual assault of a 11yo girl. “The incident sent shivers down the …

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EAST MAITLAND RESTAURANT ROBBED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT

A 28-year-old man has been charged over an armed hold up at East Maitland. Police released CCTV images of a man after a restaurant on High Street was robbed at knifepoint yesterday. Officers say he stole cash before taking off towards the railway station. The man was arrested and charged this morning following the public appeal. He will face Newcastle Local Court tomorrow.

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12-YEAR-OLD APPROACHED IN HUNTER VALLEY

Police are seeking public assistance, after a 12-year-old girl was approached at Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley. It’s understood the girl was walking along Glenbawn Place just before 8 o’clock on Friday morning, when a man started following her. The girl was followed for several streets before the man ran to a waiting car on Dangar Road, jumping into the passenger seat. The car is described as being an older model Commodore sedan, with dark window tint and was of a blue/green colour. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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CLOSE CALL AT BAR BEACH

A runaway car created something of a spectacle at Bar Beach this evening. The driver had apparently forgotten to engage the handbrake of the Suzuki, which was left in the carpark. It jumped the gutter and went 50 metres down a pathway, coming to rest on a flight of stairs. Thankfully, no one was injured.

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POLICE TRAINING EXERCISE DRAWS ATTENTION AT ADAMSTOWN

It was unrelated, but certainly drew attention. Specialist police carried out a highly-visable training exercise at a nearby school yesterday evening. Tactical response officers, backed up by rescue, weapons and surveillance teams, moved onto the St Pius the 10th High School grounds at Adamstown. Police say such drills are designed to maintain a level of operational preparedness for specialist units. (VISION ONLY)

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POLICE CONTINUE THEIR APPEAL TO HELP TRACK DOWN HUNTER SEX PREDATOR

A number of Hunter schools have ramped up safety measures, after the horrific attack on an 11-year-old girl on Tuesday. New procedures, such as an SMS message system to notify parents when their child is absent, have been implemented. Police are still searching for the girl’s attacker… and continue to appeal for those with CCTV or dashcams to review any footage. “That vehicle may have just been driving past them, a number plate which matches a vehicle, a red car, we’ll go through it all… it might take us some time but we will do and it might be the lead that we need,” Detective Inspector Steve Laksa from Newcastle Police says. The offender is described as being of chubby build, with dark messy hair, and was wearing jeans and a dark hoodie. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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DA LODGED FOR NEW UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN HONEYSUCKLE

Progress on the University of Newcastle’s new Honeysuckle campus has taken a major step forward. A development application has been lodged for the first of the project’s seven buildings. “We’ll bring the best minds together, we’ll harness the creative talent in the region and really see some exciting developments come out of that first stage development,” Nat McGregor from the University of Newcastle says. The stage will host an innovation hub and the School of Creative Industries. (VISION WITH AUDIO IN PARTS)

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