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POLICE SEARCH FOR THIEVES AFTER STOLEN ATM IN UPPER HUNTER

An ATM has been found in a paddock in Quirindi, after a ram raid and police pursuit through the Upper Hunter overnight. Just after midnight on Thursday, a white ute reversed into a service station on Ogilvie Street, Denman. An ATM was taken from the shop and put into the tray of the ute before driving away. After police attended the scene, officers spotted the vehicle on Denman Road. It sped off and police initiated a pursuit travelling through Muswellbrook and along the New England Highway. The chase came to holt when the ute drove into a paddock on Green Tree Close, Quirindi. Police searched the area but couldn’t locate the vehicle. This morning, the ATM was found on a property, and seized for forensic examination. Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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WOMAN CRITICAL AFTER CABBAGE TREE ROAD CRASH

LATEST 6pm: A woman is in a critical condition, following a head-on collision at Williamtown on Wednesday afternoon. A Holden Statesman and a Toyota Echo collided on Cabbage Tree Road just after 1.30 this afternoon, trapping three people – a man and woman in their 60s, and the male driver of the other vehicle. Emergency crews worked for more than an hour to free them. The woman was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital, while the two men were taken by road ambulance in a stable condition. Police are continue their investigations. EARLIER: Two patients have been taken to John Hunter Hospital by road ambulance, while one other has been airlifted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Cabbage Tree Road at Williamtown is closed in both directions, after a serious two-car collision. It’s understood three people were involved in the accident shortly after …

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POLICE SEEK TWO MEN IN RELATION TO EAST MAITLAND ROBBERY

Police have released an image of two men they wish to speak to, in relation to an armed robbery at East Maitland. Around 3.20am on January 15, two men entered a service station on the New England Highway. One man asked the attendant for cigarettes, while the second man took items from the rear of the store. When the man told the attendant he didn’t have any money, the employee refused to hand over the cigarettes. The man threatened the attendant with a bottle he was carrying. He then walked around the counter, pushed the employee, and took the cigarettes from him – while the second man searched the employee’s backpack before both men fled. Investigators would like to speak to two men, described as: – aged between 30-35-years of age, 170cms tall, medium build, wearing a black cap, ‘Dallas …

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LABOR CANDIDATE FOR UPPER HUNTER MARTIN RUSH WITHDRAWS

Martin Rush has resigned as Labor’s candidate for the state seat of the Upper Hunter. It follows an assault allegation levelled against the Muswellbrook Mayor – which he’s categorically denied. The accusation was made in an anonymous letter, sent to Mr Rush’s political opponent Michael Johnsen. New South Wales police say inquiries were made into the matter, and no further action will be taken. A new Labor candidate is to be selected. (VISION ONLY)

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