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BILLYCART DERBY BRINGS BANGALOW TOGETHER

Downhill daredevils once again took over Bangalow today – the village’s 24th annual Billycart Derby shutting down Byron Street. Young racers pushed each other, to see which crafty contraption was the fastest. Some, however, were unable or unwilling to use their brakes, while others encountered steering difficulties. The Bangalow Lions Club, as usual, organised everything – loyal volunteers keeping everyone safe. (VISION ONLY)

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34-YEAR-OLD MAN CHARGED WITH HIGH RANGE DRINK DRIVING FOLLOWING NORTH COAST CRASH

A 34-year-old man is set to face court on multiple driving offences, after he returned an alleged blood alcohol level of 0.243 following a crash on the New South Wales North Coast. Police understand a white Ford Courier was travelling west along the Bruxner Highway near Drake, when it collided with two cyclists. The two men, a 28-year-old and a 49-year-old, were flown to Gold Coast University Hospital with serious injuries. A search of the car allegedly located an amount of cannabis. The man’s licence was suspended, and he was charged with multiple offences including two counts of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and alter concentration of alcohol before test. He was refused bail to face court later today.

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POLICE OFFICERS ASSAULTED AT BYRON BAY

A 43-year-old man has been arrested, after allegedly eye-gouging a police officer and biting another at Byron Bay overnight. Officers were called to the intersection of Jonson and Lawson Streets at around 10 o’clock last night, where they spoke to a man who had been assaulted with a metal pole. Police attempted to arrest a man nearby, and a struggle ensued, with the man allegedly trying to grab an officer’s firearm, before allegedly grabbing and biting the genital area of one officer, and eye-gouging another. Security from a nearby licensed premises helped to arrest the man. One officer suffered multiple injuries including a burst blood vessel in his left eye, while the second officer suffered swelling and abrasions. The 43-year-old was charged with affray, resisting police, assaulting police, and intimidating police. He was refused bail to appear in court today.

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A WALK TO START A TALK

After Byron local Bobby Walker’s best-friend took his own life, he started the foundation ‘For the Boys’. Now, he’s on a mission to start a conversation about mental health that’s taken him to the sunshine state. To support Bobby, follow the link below. https://give.everydayhero.com/au/noosa-to-byron-for-the-boys-1

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ILLUKA MAN DIES IN HOSPITAL AFTER BEING FOUND UNCONSCIOUS

A 38-year-old man, who was found unconscious at Ballina in the early hours of Sunday morning, has died in hospital. Aaron Marks was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital after being found by a passer-by with serious head injuries, on River Street around 2 o’clock on Sunday morning. He died in hospital on Wednesday. Police believe he left a nearby licensed premises just before midnight, and are urging anyone with information, or who was in the area at the time to contact police.                    

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CANNABIS AND FIREARM PARTS LOCATED IN NORTH COAST POLICE OPERATION

Police have located cannabis and firearm parts during a series of raids on the New South Wales North Coast. Officers raided six properties at Caniaba, Georgica, Keith Hall and Woodburn on Thursday, allegedly locating cannabis plants and firearm parts including stock, trigger mechanisms, magazines and casings.      A set of handcuffs was also allegedly found. Three men, aged 47, 67 and 41, will be served future court attendance notices.

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STATE GOVERNMENT BACKFLIPS ON MILK CONTRACT

The New South Wales government has backflipped on its controversial decision to award the Health Share contract to a dairy farm in Queensland. Norco was today reinstated as the main supplier of dairy products to 15 north coast health facilities, including Lismore Base Hospital. The Department of Health says the tender was originally made with taxpayer dollars in mind, but due to widespread public outcry has reversed the decision. “I’ve been working behind the scenes for some 6 weeks now and I’ve been very well supported by all the North Coast Nationals because this has affected every hospital in the local health district.” The Labor party congratulated the community saying the backflip was ‘pure people power’. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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