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MAN ASSAULTED IN WEST TAMWORTH

Investigations are underway after a man was assaulted by two people on Cossa Street in West Tamworth. At around 8.30 Monday night, a man was punched in the face and knocked off his bike. He was hit again, and fell into the door of a white Hilux ute. His bike was then stolen by his attackers. Police have been told a woman driving the ute tried to help, and they’re looking to speak with her or anyone who may have seen the incident.

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NEW DEFINITION OF ‘GRAIN FED BEEF’

Producing grain-fed beef will be less expensive for the region’s farmers, thanks to new regulations. Cattle will only need to be fed on grain for 35 days out of 100, to be classified as ‘grain-fed finished’. Previously, producers were required to feed their stock for at least 80 days. It’s expected the new changes will make it easier for farmers to charge premium prices for their produce. (NO AUDIO)

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KEITH URBAN RETURNING TO TAMWORTH

It’s music to Keith Urban fan’s ears – the country music legend is returning to the Tamworth Country Music Festival! Announced this morning, Keith will take to Tamworth Town Hall for a once-off drought relief concert on January 22nd. All ticket sales will go directly to RuralAid. Fresh off the back of winning an Academy of Country Music Award for ‘Entertainer of the Year’, it adds to the already star-studded line up for the 2019 Country Music Festival. Tickets go on sale this morning at 10am online, or in person at the Capital Theatre Tamworth or The Big Golden Guitar.

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NEW RECRUITS ALLOCATED TO OXLEY AND NEW ENGLAND POLICE DISTRICTS

There will be some fresh faces walking the streets, with the latest round of probationary constables joining the force. Oxley Police District has received two new officers in Tamworth and Gunnedah. MP Kevin Anderson says the additions are welcome, but more numbers are always needed. It was recently announced 1500 police will be allocated to regional New South Wales, and Mr Anderson says he hopes they’re heading in this direction. “The Police Commissioner is currently working on where they go, so I’ve been talking to the Police Minister to make sure we get our fair share. I want to make sure we have enough police on our streets to keep our community safe.” Six were also allocated to the New England Police District. (AUDIO IN SOME PARTS ONLY)

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