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MORE POLICE PLEASE

“We need more police” was the main message of a recent crime survey in the Tamworth electorate conducted by the region’s MP, Peter Draper. Mr Draper put the plea to the Police Minister in person today and the answer was, “Talk to the police commissioner.”

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AVA SAY PORK OKAY

Eight people are suspected of having contracted swine flu in the Hunter and New England region, with at least two being asked to to isolate themselves at home. The pair recently returned from an affected country with symptoms of the disease, and are awaiting test results. Meanwhile, the meat and veterinary industry has assured consumers pork products are safe to eat.

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FIRE SAFETY ON THE RADAR

With winter almost upon us, homeowners in the New England and northwest are being reminded about the risk of housefires. Fire authorities say cooking and heating appliances, lighting as well as fire places, have the potential to cause an emergency, particularly when left unattended. Householders are being urged to check all smoke alarms and ensure they have an escape plan.

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DINGO DEANS VISITS ARMIDALE

Wallabies’ coach, Robbie Deans was in Armidale on the weekend, casting his eye over the TAS primary school knock out. While the Inverell Junior Rugby Club was named team of the tournament, just about all 700 players impressed the national coach.

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FIRST HOME OWNER GRANT UNDER FIRE

North West home buyers are continuing to flock to the market, despite the Federal Government refusing to confirm whether the first home owners grant will be extended beyond June. Financial planners say some buyers could be getting more than they bargain for.

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CITY OF SHOPPERS

Local businesses can expect to benefit from the Rudd Government’s latest stimulus package, with a survey showing most people plan to spend their $900 immediately. Small businesses have welcomed the news, however, they’re calling for a long-term solution to ensure the survival of regional industries.

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