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SANTA SHARES CHRISTMAS LOLLY BAGS

Whether naughty, or nice, everyone got a free lollybag today – the big red man touring Lake Macquarie. The sugary offering came courtesy of New South Wales Fire and Rescue, who also supplied santa a vintage fire engine to get around. “Kids are loving it. Just have a look at their, their big smiling faces. It’s absolutely wonderful to see.” “Well they all want lollies at present stage, and I’m sure a few bikes here and there, and a few fluffy toys – call that good stuff.” More than 4000 bags were handed out during the lolly run. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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HUNTER WORKER ATTACKED BY THREE MASKED MEN

A man in the Hunter Valley has non life-threatening injuries, after an aggravated break and enter near Maitland early this morning. Police say three males forced entry to a licenced premises in Greta, before striking the man with a baseball bat and threatening him with a gun. Several items were taken, including a mobile phone and laptop. The males are described as wearing jumpers with their faces covered, and fled the scene in a dark coloured dual cab utility.

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SIGNIFICANT DELAYS FOLLOWING M1 CRASH

All northbound lanes have reopened and the crash has been cleared. Traffic has returned to normal. https://t.co/UtNHFhonII — Live Traffic NSW (@LiveTrafficNSW) December 22, 2018 Further north there’s delays on the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour and at Woodburn, as holidaymakers look to get away for the festive season. Heavy holiday traffic has eased and there are currently no delays. https://t.co/WTGkxsK7cb — Live Traffic NSW (@LiveTrafficNSW) December 22, 2018 WOODBURN: Very heavy holiday traffic travelling northbound on the Pacific Hwy. Allow an extra 75 mins of extra travel time. — Live Traffic NSW (@LiveTrafficNSW) December 22, 2018 EARLIER A crash on the M1 west of Lake Macquarie is causing headaches for motorists this morning. Northbound traffic is banked up more than 10 kilometres, following the accident just south of the Cessnock Road interchange. One of two northbound lanes is closed …

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HUNTER MISSES MOST OF STORM MAYHEM BUT NOT WITHOUT WILD WINDS

There was no such destruction in the Hunter – but we still copped a battering. The SES received 68 calls for help across the region. The Upper Hunter was hit the worst – ferocious winds tore through Scone, uprooting trees. One man captured this amazing timelapse shot from Strzelecki Lookout at Bar Beach, showing the vicious storm cell. And there were wild scenes on the Central Coast, with hailstones smashing through the ceiling, at Erina Fair shopping centre. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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