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Man, 69, charged with indecently assaulting five-year-old girl in NSW store

A 69-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested and charged after he allegedly indecently assaulted a five-year-old girl as she walked through a store with her grandmother on the NSW South Coast.

Police say the man approached the child in a store on Berry Street in Nowra just after 11.30am on Friday.

It’s alleged the man indecently touched the girl before she sought help from her grandmother.

Police were called and arrested the man a few kilometres away in Bomaderry.

He was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with two counts of indecent assault upon a child under 16.

The 69-year-old was refused bail and scheduled to front Nowra Local Court today.

Firefighters revive pet dog after rescuing it from burning building in Sydney

FIREFIGHTERS have brought a pet dog back to life after rescuing it from a burning apartment building in Sydney.

More than 30 residents were evacuated from the four-storey building in Bexley North on Saturday morning after a top-floor unit went up in flames.

Fire crews raced to the scene and entered the building where they found a pet dog unresponsive in the burning unit.

Miraculously, firefighters managed to revive the dog which is now expected to make a full recovery.

The blaze sent thick smoke billowing into the air and orange flames could be seen shooting out of windows.

Crews managed to stop the fire from spreading, but not before it caused extensive damage to the top floor.

Thankfully, no one was injured during the incident.

It is not yet known what sparked the blaze.

Optus unveils billion dollar plan to boost mobile coverage in regional Australia

OPTUS will soon be able to better compete against Telstra after announcing it will spend $1 billion over the next 12 months to improve and expand its mobile network throughout regional Australia.

The telco yesterday announced it will build 500 new mobile sites, including 114 towers under the Federal Government’s Mobile Blackspots Program, and upgrade an existing 1,800 3G sites to 4G technology.

Making the announcement in Tamworth, Optus Chief Executive Allan Lew said the billion-dollar spend was one of the single largest investments in regional mobile infrastructure in Australia’s history.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce endorsed the upgrade, saying Optus had risen to the challenge.

“Optus is rising to challenge,” he said. “It is there ready to compete with Telstra and compete with Vodafone. It’s not just letting one person get ahead.”

“It is going to make sure that, not only have you got the service, you have the competition and market place to make sure you get the best price so you are not held over a barrel.

“And ultimately the statement will be made, ‘which mobile phone will I carry that I can rely on in regional Australia to get me from one capital city to another without dropping out’? Because that’s the sort of carrier I want to be with.”

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Young mother killed in horror crash, father and baby miraculously survive

A YOUNG man has tragically lost his partner and mother to his baby after she was killed when the family car left the road and hit a tree in southern NSW.

Police said the family of three was travelling along the Barton Highway, near the Yass Valley interchange at Manton, when the car left the road around 3.50pm on Friday.

The young woman, believed to be aged in her 20s, sustained life-threatening injuries when the vehicle slammed into a tree. Sadly, the mother-of-one could not be saved and died at the scene.

The woman’s partner sustained minor injuries while the couple’s baby miraculously survived the impact unhurt.

Both dad and bub were taken to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

The Barton Highway was closed for several hours while officers from The Hume Local Area Command and the Crash Investigation Unit examined the scene of the crash.

Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash continue.

1 dead, 2 injured after truck ploughs through front yards, hits house in NSW

A TRUCK has ploughed through a number of front yards and smashed into a house in Sydney’s west, killing one person and injuring two others, one of them critically.

The horrific accident happened on Burnett Street in Merrylands around 12.40pm on Saturday.

Police say the truck collided with a Hyundai travelling in the opposite direction before leaving the road and mounting the nature strip.

The out-of-control truck then careered through two front yards, hitting a man in the first one and two others in the second, before coming to rest in a house.

One of the victims, an elderly man, was killed instantly, while two other men have been rushed to hospital.

Police say one of the surviving victims has life-threatening injuries.

The truck driver and driver of the Hyundai, both male, escaped uninjured and have been taken to hospital for mandatory drug and alcohol testing.

Emergency services remain at the scene, including officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit, and as a result, Burnett Street remains closed between Blackwood Road and Merrylands Road.

A report will be prepared for the information of The Coroner.