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INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE INTO SUSPICIOUS FIRE

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Police have released CCTV images of a man they’d like to speak to, in relation to a suspicious fire at Erina last year. The blaze caused extensive damage to seven businesses at a retail complex on Karalta Road on November 16. Fortunately no-one was injured. The man is described as Caucasian in appearance with a medium build. Read More »

WALMSLEY DEBUTS AS PLAYERS DEPART

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On his first day as the official head coach of the Mariners, Tony Walmsley, has announced five players are departing. The news comes off the back of a so-called ‘new strategy’ for the club, which promises more entertaining football next season. Read More »

SECOND MAN CHARGED OVER FATAL STABBING

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A second man has been charged in relation to the murder of a talented Central Coast footballer earlier this month. 28-year-old Greg Gibbons left the Beachcomber Hotel at Toukley on April 5 and headed to a nearby pizza shop, when he was stabbed in the chest. He later died in hospital. 19-year-old Bradley James Brooks was charged with murder. Yesterday detectives also charged a 19-year-old man with wounding a person with intent to cause grevious bodily harm. He’ll face Wyong Local Court today. Another 25-year-old man was stabbed in the confrontation, but has since been released from hospital. Read More »

MAN STABBED ON CENTRAL COAST

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A 45-year-old man is in a stable condition at Gosford Hospital, after being stabbed during a domestic incident. Emergency services attended a home at Umina Beach at around 6:30 last night, where they found the man with a stab wound to his leg. A 37-year-old woman was arrested and later charged with reckless wounding. She’ll appear in Gosford Local Court today. Read More »

TWO SUSPICIOUS FIRES ON THE CENTRAL COAST

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A house has been destroyed and a mini golf club damaged, following two suspicious fires on the Central Coast last night. Emergency services were called to a home at around 8:40pm on The Entrance Road at Forresters Beach. Fire crews managed to extinguish the blaze a short time later, before finding a second fire at a nearby mini golf club. Fortunately no-one was injured. Police believe the fires were deliberately lit and the incidents linked. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers. Read More »

STORM BILL TOPS $300-MILLION

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Insurance Australia Group has been left with a $300-million bill following last week’s devastating storms. The insurer behind NRMA Insurance and CGU says the storm, which caused widespread damage to the Hunter and Central Coast, will cost it $250-million in claims to customers. Saturday’s sudden hail storm in Sydney is also likely to cost the general insurer $50-million. Meanwhile Ausgrid crews are still working to restore power to 5,500 homes in the Hunter and 2,000 homes across the Central Coast. Read More »

MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER

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A man, who allegedly set fire to a Central Coast home with three children and three adults inside, has been charged with attempted murder. The six people managed to escape unharmed last Friday, but the house suffered extensive damage. A 68-year-old man was arrested at Wyong Hospital on Sunday, where he was being treated for burns to his feet. He’ll face court at a later date. Read More »

MAN CHARGED WITH SUPPLYING GUNS

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A member of the Comanchero motorcycle gang has been charged with supplying unregistered firearms on the Central Coast. Police allege he sold a .357 Magnum revolver to a person at Norah Head earlier this month, as well as organised the sale of a .22 pistol. The second transaction didn’t go ahead. On Wednesday, detectives from the police gangs squad searched a home at Toukley and allegedly seized a stolen motorcycle. A 27-year-old man was arrested at the address on Saturday. He’s due to face Wyong Local Court today. Read More »

UPDATE: ONE WEEK ON FROM THE CYCLONIC STORM

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The clean up continues across the Hunter following last week’s cyclonic storm. As of yesterday, the State Emergency Service had received 18,600 requests for help across the state since last Monday. It says 70 per cent of the jobs have been completed. Meanwhile 20,000 homes in the Hunter and 7,500 on the Central Coast are still without electricity. Extra crews from Sydney have arrived to assist Ausgrid in restoring power to these homes. Read More »

CENTRAL COAST PUMMELED BY STORM AGAIN

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Further south, the Central Coast was battered for a second night in a row as the storm cell moved away from the Hunter. Read More »

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