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FORMER TAS EMPLOYEE TO BE SENTENCED NEXT WEEK

A former employee of The Armidale School will be sentenced next week, in relation to sexual offences that took place at the school in 2015. The female staff member had a sexual relationship with a number of students. A suppression order concealing the school’s name was lifted yesterday. The teacher’s identity remains suppressed for the protection of the students. In a statement, the school’s Headmaster Murray Guest said he “sincerely regrets the school’s procedures were not enough to prevent criminal conduct.” NOTE: FILE VISION ONLY

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ARMIDALE BOY CHARGED OVER TWO ALLEGED INDECENT ASSAULTS

A 13-year-old boy has been charged with the indecent assault of a 19-year-old woman in Armidale last Sunday. She was walking through bush land between Butler and O’Dell Streets, when the boy allegedly attacked her from behind. The 13-year-old was arrested by detectives this morning and refused bail in Armidale Childrens Court. He was also charged today for a similar incident last month.

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QUEEN QUEST NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

Tamworth’s famous bedazzled akubra crown is up for grabs again. Nominations are now open for local ladies looking to become the next Queen of Country Music. The Quest Queen is all about creating ambassadors for Tamworth and empowering young women. Entrants must be aged between 18 and 35, and be available to enjoy each and every aspect of the Country Music Festival next year. Entries close September 28. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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INVICTUS CONVOY BOUND FOR ARMIDALE

Armidale has been chosen to host one of the largest military convoys in Australia, ahead of the Invictus Games later this year. The Lighting Bolt 2 Invictus Convoy is a procession of military and emergency services personnel, travelling through four states to raise awareness for PTSD. The convoy will reach Armidale on October 3, with residents invited to attend the event at Curtis Park from midday. NOTE: VISION ONLY

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CONFIRMED CASE OF PARVO-VIRUS IN THE UPPER HUNTER

Dog owners are advised to be vigilant and make sure their pets are vaccinated, after a confirmed case of parvo-virus. Late last month, a stray dog was picked up near Timor and taken to the Murrurundi shelter, before being transferred to Scone, where it tested positive to the virus on Tuesday. Dogs in the shelters that came into contact have been quarantined. Parvo-virus is a highly infectious disease which can be fatal. NOTE: FILE VISION ONLY

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