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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 The Department of Health says the tender was originally made with taxpayer dollars in mind, but due to widespread public outcry has reversed the decision.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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STRIKE FORCE TO INVESTIGATE SUSPECTED BALLINA ASSAULT

Police have established a strike force, to investigate a suspected assault in Ballina over the weekend. 38-year-old Iluka resident Aaron Marks was found unconscious on River Street having sustained serious head injuries in the early hours of Sunday morning. He was treated on scene, before being flown to the Gold Coast University Hospital, where he remains on life support. The victim was earlier seen leaving the nearby RSL club around midnight. Anyone with information should contact police or crimestoppers.

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WANTED MAN ARRESTED ON NEW SOUTH WALES NORTH COAST

A wanted man who allegedly cut off an ankle bracelet and moved to Queensland has been arrested in Kingscliff, on the New South Wales Far North Coast. Officers arrested the 37-year-old on Marine Parade around 9 o’clock on Monday, after nearby residents noticed two men allegedly attempting to gain access to mail boxes along the street. Police say one man gave a false identity to the officers. A search of the man revealed his drivers license stated a different name, and he was also found to be carrying a knife. He was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where his true identity was confirmed, revealing he had two outstanding warrants for domestic violence offences. The warrants were executed and he was also charged with goods in custody and custody of knife in a public place. Superintendent Wayne Humphrey …

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