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“COME DIRECTLY TO US”: POLICE SLAM ‘KEYBOARD WARRIORS’

Tamworth police have taken to social media to express their frustration over the level of public scrutiny they’re receiving online, particularly via Facebook. In the post, the Officer in Charge of Tamworth writes he is “frustrated seeing good people suggesting information be passed on to Police, only to be shot down by some keyboard warrior who says it is a waste of time.” And that they simply “want to catch these offenders and keep our town safe.” “The message is that people, rather than get on Facebook and make comments on Facebook about crime, is please contact us and we’ll act swiftly,” Superintendent Fred Trench. Police have made more than 15 arrests of juveniles since just before Christmas and say Operation South Break, targeting property crime, is ongoing. NOTE: AUDIO IN PARTS ONLY

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UPGRADES FOR AGED CARE FACILITIES ACROSS THE NORTH WEST

Aged care homes across the North West are in for a spruce up, with almost $2-million worth of federal funding grants available. Homes at Warialda, Narrabri, Gunnedah and Wee Waa, will share in part of the funding, as will Moree’s Fairview Care – receiving almost half a million dollars. It’s set to go towards the refurbishment of rooms and electrical and bathroom upgrades. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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CREWS CLOSE TO CONTAINING GILGAI BLAZE

Fire crews have spent the day getting the upper hand on a fire at Gilgai, south of Inverell. It’s burnt through more than 80-hectares, but they’re hoping to have it contained by this evening. Aircraft have been tasked with tackling the blaze, while crews on the ground also undertook significant back burning today. Firefighters say it was sparked by a lightning strike, like a number of others burning across the region. Nine lightning strike-driven fires were extinguished last night in the Northern Tablelands region alone. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL CENTRES EXCLUDED FROM AIR CONDITIONING REBATES

They’re a saving grace in the summer months, but air conditioners have become a hot topic for all the wrong reasons across New South Wales. More than 10 towns in the Central Coast, Hunter and Mid North Coast regions will miss out on air conditioning rebates of up to $1000 for energy-efficient appliances. The state government rebate scheme was strongly advertised in the New England, but it appears Tamworth and Armidale will have to go without this summer….due to issues with the rollout. (VISION ONLY)

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MORE ARRESTS AS NEW ENGLAND POLICE CRACK DOWN ON DRUG SUPPLY

Armidale Police have charged two more men as part of Strike Force Janian looking into drug supply in Northern New South Wales. Nine people have now been arrested, after a series of raids at Armidale and Coffs Harbour last month. A 35-year-old man from Hillgrove and a 21-year-old Guyra man are facing drug supply charges. Both will face Armidale Local Court next month. NOTE: FILE VISION ONLY

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