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DASHCAM EMERGES OF HUNTER CRASH

Police are reviewing dashcam of a crash involving a ute and a motorbike on the New England Highway at Hexham. It happened on the morning of Saturday, the 18th of August, as several vehicles moved off from traffic lights. The utility changes lanes, forcing the motorbike off the road and continues on while other drivers rush to help the rider. The motorcyclist was taken to John Hunter Hospital, where he was able to give police a statement.

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LEMBKE LOSES BAIL BID

Accused cocaine smuggler, Craig Lembke, will likely remain in custody for another 12 months, after failing in his latest bid for bail. The 48-year-old’s application was refused in the Supreme Court. Lembke is accused of transporting 700-kilos of cocaine, worth an estimated $245-million, on a yacht from Tahiti to Lake Macquarie. His trial is set down for September next year.

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APPEAL DATE SET FOR FORMER ADELAIDE ARCHBISHOP

Former Adelaide Archbishop, Philip Wilson, will have his appeal over his conviction for concealing child sex abuse, heard in October. Today lawyers for the 67-year-old fronted Newcastle District Court, where two days were set aside for the hearing. In May, Wilson became the highest-ranking Catholic in the world to be found guilty of concealing sex abuse, following a landmark hearing. He’s currently serving a minimum six months home detention.

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MAN CHARGED OVER ALLEGED HUNTER ABDUCTION & PURSUIT

A man has been charged over an alleged abduction and police pursuit in the Hunter. He was arrested overnight following a chase that began at Kurri Kurri, and ended with a crash and foot pursuit at Birmingham Gardens. Police allege the 32-year-old was involved in the abduction and robbery of a 33-year-old man at New Lambton over the weekend. He’s been refused bail and will face court again in October. (VISION ONLY)

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