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TWO CHARGED AFTER ARMED HOLD UP

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Two teenagers have been charged and another man is on the run, following an attempted armed robbery at Cardiff last night. Three men, armed with a knife and sledgehammer, entered the Iron Horse hotel on Main Road just before midnight and allegedly threatened an employee. The group was unable to get cash from the safe and fled when police arrived. An 18-year-old man and a 19-year-old man were arrested a short time later and charged with intent to rob while armed with an offensive weapon. They’ll face Toronto Local Court today. Read More »

GIDLEY ENDS SPECULATION ABOUT HIS FUTURE

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He made his NRL debut in 2001 – and went on to captain his state, and play for his country. But today Knights skipper Kurt Gidley ended speculation about his future, announcing he’ll head to England at the end of the season. Read More »

POLICE CALL FOR MORE SAFETY IN COURT

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An increase in court room violence across the state has the Police Association calling for extra protection for officers. Police are prohibited to carry firearms, tasers or defensive spray in court, and the association says it’s putting lives at risk. Read More »

TAMWORTH HOME GOES UP IN FLAMES

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An elderly couple suffered minor burns in a fire that destroyed their home in Tamworth overnight. It’s believed the blaze was sparked when the pair used an accelerant, to light a log fire. Read More »

GIDLEY TO PLAY IN ENGLISH SUPER LEAGUE

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Newcastle Knights skipper Kurt Gidley has announced he’s signed a one-year contract with the Warrington Wolves in the English Super League. The Newcastle local has played 236 NRL games, in a career spanning 15 years. Gidley also boasts an impressive representative track record, including 12 appearances in the NSW State of Origin and 12 for Australia. “I have been lucky, to grow up in Newcastle, to have my family’s support and to play for this great Club,” he said. The 32-year-old says the decision to leave was a difficult one. “I have felt sad about leaving, I have felt excited about a new challenge but I am mostly relieved that I have reached the stage of making this decision.” “It was a tough one. Newcastle people have been great; they are very supportive, both in good times and in bad,” ... Read More »

ALLEGED MURDERER TO FACE COURT IN JUNE

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A 25-year-old man, accused of murdering his father in Murwillumbah, has had his case adjourned until June. 46-year-old Michael Anthony Martin died at his unit on Quarry Road on June 13 last year. His son, Michael Martin Junior, was charged with his murder in March. He also faces charges relating to another home invasion in April 2014, which left his father seriously injured. Read More »

PUPPY KILLER BEHIND BARS FOR MINIMUM OF 12 MONTHS

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It was a crime that sickened an entire community – and today the Hunter man who bashed and killed nine puppies was jailed for a minimum of 12 months. 25-year-old Nathan Thompson had pleaded guilty to 10 offences, and has also been banned from ever owning a pet. Read More »

BEANIES FOR BRAIN CANCER

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When Carrie Bickmore donned a beanie during her gold Logie acceptance speech last night, she started a conversation that’s had an especially big impact in Newcastle. Former Knights player Mark Hughes has since been overwhelmed by support for his foundation, which raises awareness and money for the fight against brain cancer. For more information on the Mark Hughes Foundation, click HERE. Read More »

WEATHER: SUNSHINE ON THE WAY

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There’ll be a foggy start tomorrow for most, before a warm, sunny day unfolds with north west to north east winds. Through the week, expect plenty of sunshine with cooler, drier, south westerly winds. This will give the coast a chance to dry out, while the drought rages on Inland. It will be a good week for surfers with fun waves to be had. Read More »

SINGLETON CRASH CLAIMS TWO LIVES

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An 18-year-old woman has died in hospital, following a car crash south of Singleton on Saturday afternoon. The woman is the second victim, with a 16-year-old girl also losing her life, when the Toyota Camry they were travelling in left the Golden Highway at Whittingham and hit a tree. The 18-year-old was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition, but died yesterday afternoon. Local police are assisting officers from the Crash Investigation Unit to investigate the circumstances leading up to the crash. Read More »

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