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POLICE STEP UP RESPONSE TO DANGEROUS DRIVING

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Newcastle Police are ramping up their fight to put a stop to illegal street-racing. For the first time ever, officers blocked access to all hoon hotspots last night, and the result was surprising. Read More »

SES TARGETED BY HEARTLESS THIEVES

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The SES says it’s disappointed by the theft of thousands of dollars worth of equipment near Cessnock. Thieves raided the vehicles of five visiting crews, who were here to help with the storm clean-up. Read More »

WEATHER: EAST COAST LOW LATEST

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We are now entering the worst period, as the east coast low reaches its peak and begins to track south along the coast. Heavy rain causing flooding, strong to gale force winds and huge dangerous seas and swell will track south overnight into tomorrow. It’s expected to reach the Hunter by Saturday afternoon. Once the centre of the low passes, conditions will ease quickly in the north. The system will clear during Sunday. Boating and surfing is not recommended, until the centre of the low passes. Read More »

POLICE LOCK DOWN ‘HOON’ HOTSPOTS

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Newcastle police have stepped up their fight against illegal drag racing, blocking access to known ‘hoon’ hotspots across the city. Last night officers joined Roads and Maritime Services in locking down Kooragang Island, the Steel River Industrial Estate and Wharf Road at Nobbies Beach. The move forms part of Operation Hammer, which aims to crackdown on dangerous driving. “We will continue to deploy police to block access to the known street-racing strips and ‘burn out’ locations until these drivers realise they are not welcome here,” said Superintendent John Gralton. “If we catch them breaking the law, they risk not only a substantial fine and possibly a criminal driving record, but potential deregistration of the vehicle.” Read More »

THIEVES STEAL VITAL EQUIPMENT FROM SES

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Visiting SES volunteers in the Hunter have been dealt a low blow, with thieves stealing thousands of dollars worth of equipment overnight. The crews, from NSW and the ACT, are in the area to help clean up after last week’s devastating storms. They were staying at a hotel in Cessnock when their trucks were broken into last night. Around $3,000 worth of chainsaws and pumps were stolen from four vehicles. The crews will be re-stocked with borrowed equipment from other units so they can continue their clean up work. Read More »

NEW WEATHER WARNING ISSUED, WHILE STORM CLEAN-UP CONTINUES

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The SES is urging Hunter residents to prepare for more wet and windy weather, with another east coast low forecast for northern New South Wales. Meanwhile, the clean-up continues across the region after last week’s storm, with some people still without power or running water. Read More »

FIVE CHARGED AS POLICE TARGET FIREARM AND DRUG SYNDICATE

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Five men have been charged following a five-month investigation into illegal firearms and drug supply across the Hunter. Police attached to Strike Force Barsdell executed search warrants in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens, with the most recent carried out yesterday. Officers allegedly siezed 195-grams of amphetamine, 10-kilograms of cannabis, $250,000 cash and seven firearms. As a result five men, aged between 24 and 71, have been charged with a string of offences, to face court in May and June. “We are extremely pleased with this result. Arresting and charging those who engage in the supply of illicit drugs and firearms is a primary priority for our local area command and our investigations into these criminal enterprises will continue,” said Lake Macquarie Superintendant Brett Greentree. Read More »

WEATHER: THE LOW DOWN

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The east coast low is still yet to form properly. There are two troughs deepening and both will merge tomorrow to form another intense east coast low. It will hug south east Queensland and north east New South Wales, hitting them the hardest. Gale force winds and huge seas will accompany this storm. The worst of it will be Friday into Saturday, before easing on Sunday. Rain will spin in across the northern ranges to the North West plains. Showers will be heavy at times and will extend south, but the Central Coast and Hunter should largely be spared by this system. Read More »

HUNTER IN HOUSING STRESS CRISIS

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While booming property prices may be good news for investors, there’s a downside. Samaritans say that, in the Hunter, soaring rental prices are making life tougher for low income earners, putting them at greater risk of homelessness. Read More »

AUSTRALIAN FIRST FOR UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE

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Researchers at the University of Newcastle are leading the way when it comes to exploring mental illness. The delivery of a new microscope, the first of its kind in Australia, is helping them to identify connections within the brain. Read More »

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