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HAIL AND RAIN FALL ACROSS THE NORTH WEST

Fierce storms battered parts of the North West overnight. These pictures show hail that fell in Tamworth and Delungra, unfortunately limiting rainfall in some areas. But notor Tambar Springs, which recorded the highest rainfall in the region, with 25-millimetres. There were lighter falls around Gunnedah, Barraba and Armidale. And there wasn’t much in it for Moree and Narrabri, seeing less than 5-millimetres each. NOTE: VISION ONLY PHOTOS COURTESY: HELENA MCDONALD, SAM LOBSEY, PHILIPPA RAW  

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PETITION CIRCULATES THE STREETS TO ‘BACK THE BLUE’

Local police union delegates have taken to the streets of Tamworth to collect signatures for a statewide petition. The Police Association is calling for an extra 2500 officers on the beat across the state – including 25 for Tamworth. Executive Member, Jeff Budd, says extra resources are needed to tackle ongoing ice abuse issues and the monitoring of child sex offenders. “There’s a huge amount of child sex offenders living in our communities who aren’t being managed properly. We’re borrowing police from other areas to manage that, so those other areas suffer as well.” NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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FARMERS STRUGGLING WITH FINANCES TO BENEFIT FROM NEW TASKFORCE

Those living on the land, battling the drought, could soon be given some much needed lee-way by the major banks. Special Envoy for Drought Assistance Recovery, Barnaby Joyce, has announced a new taskforce to look at how banks are dealing with drought-affected customers. The taskforce will include the Treasurer and the Minister for Agriculture. “What we must do here is make sure that the major finance companies, the major banks understand the realities of the drought- that is that there is no cash.”

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RON HARBORNE OVAL TIPPED FOR $1.5-MILLION REVAMP

Rising cricket stars and footy fanatics in Moree will soon have access to a new sporting precinct. A $1.5-million revamp of Ron Harborne Oval has been announced, including a new round oval and better lighting. The move will allow Moree athletes to train in the much cooler hours of summer. “Also, it’ll create Moree’s second turf cricket pitch which is really important for Moree local cricket, but also for hosting cricket competitions in country NSW and also state competitions,” Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall. Moree Suns have found a new home as part of the precinct, after their clubhouse was destroyed by fire last month. “The whole precinct will encompass their needs, you know, we’ll have a new amenities block and canteen area and things like that,” Cr Katrina Humphries, Moree Plains Shire Council Mayor. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS …

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CORONER FINDS TURNBULL DIED OF ‘NATURAL CAUSES’ WHILE IN CUSTODY

The man who murdered Tamworth-based environmental officer Glen Turner died from natural causes in custody according to a coroner’s report. Ian Robert Turnbull was serving a 35-year sentence for Turner’s murder when he died in prison in March. He shot and killed Mr Turner on a Croppa Creek property near Moree, back in 2014. Today, a coroner found Turnbull died of acute kidney failure due to possible sepsis or cardiogenic shock. He spent less than a year behind bars, after being convicted in 2016. NOTE: VISION ONLY  

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