Local News - Thursday 16th of December

16 Dec 2021 5:30 AM | Anonymous

Local News for Thursday the 16th of December.

A teenage boy has been charged after allegedly stealing an all-terrain bike from a store in Wauchope.

It’s alleged that two men forced entry to a store on High Street, Wauchope, yesterday afternoon and stole a side-by-side ATV buggy.

One of the men then put a motorcycle into a ute tray, before both men fled the scene.

A short time later, an off-duty officer travelling to work along the Oxley Highway at Huntingdon observed the ATV buggy stopped to

the side of the road before the rider fled into nearby bushland.

Responding Police officers stopped a Mazda ute on the Oxley Highway, where they arrested a 17-year-old teenage boy.

The Taree boy was charged with aggravated break enter dwelling in company and drive while unlicensed.

He was refused bail to appear at a children’s court, where he was granted conditional bail to reappear on Thursday 10 February 2022.

Police are continuing inquiries to identify and locate the second offender.

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A woman has been seriously injured following a two-car crash at South West Rocks Road, Kinchela on Tuesday.

At About 7.20pm Tuesday night, emergency services were called following reports a Toyota Landcruiser and a Haval SUV had collided.

The driver of the Toyota – a 22-year-old man – and his sole passenger, were uninjured.

The driver of the Haval – a 25-year-old woman – suffered fractures and injuries to her arm, leg, and pelvis, and was airlifted to

John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.

The man underwent mandatory testing at the scene and produced a negative result.

Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash continue.

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A Man Has Died After A Two-Truck Crash On The Pacific Highway

At about 6.30am on Tuesday, emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway, near Midge Street, Coolongolook,

following reports that two trucks had collided.

The driver of one of the trucks, a 49-year-old man, passed away en route to the hospital.

The driver of the other truck, a man ages in his 70s, was uninjured and was taken to Bulahdelah Hospital for mandatory testing.

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Locals are being encouraged to wear masks and get vaccinated as NSW health warns of Omicron spread.

The NSW Premier, Health Minister and Chief Health Officer are urging residents to be cautious and get

the third vaccine if eligible as Omicron infects at a much faster rate than previously seen.

The Minister urged people to be smart about their decisions saying while restrictions have eased including no masks, health experts are encouraging residents

to continue wearing them in locations where social distancing is not easy.

They also encouraged residents to make the most of the summer weather and socialise, where possible outdoors.

NSW health believe's that the Omicron vairant combined with relaxed restrictions

and Delta are responsible for the sudden increase in cases.

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COFFS HARBOUR COVID-19 DRIVE-THOUGH TESTING CLINIC IS TO DOUBLE CAPACITY

In the past week, locals have waited up to 5 hours in line to receive a COVID-19 test at the clinic, which is based at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium.

The surge in wait times is due to a Queensland Government requirement that visitors must obtain a negative result up to 72 hours prior to entering the state.

Coffs Harbour MP, Gurmesh Singh says up to 40 per cent of those being tested are passing through from out of town.

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The latest SPORTS FIELDS UPDATE has all fields in Kempsey, the Villages and South West Rocks open.

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Kempsey Shire Council have organised an extra bin collection over Christmas.

From Dec the 20th to the 31st all 3 bins will be collected each week.

The collection day remains the same.

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