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Man charged with murder over suspicious death of Ian Pullen



A man has been charged with murder following the suspicious death of 43-year-old New Zealand man, Ian Pullen, two years ago near Singleton.

Just after 5.30am on Saturday 29 September 2018, emergency services were called to Carrington Street, Glenridding, after a man’s body was located on the side of the road.

The man was later identified as 43-year-old New Zealand firefighter, Ian Pullen, who had arrived in the Hunter region to assist with bushfire efforts.

Detectives from Hunter Valley Police District established Strike Force Awabakil to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr Pullen’s death.

Following extensive inquiries and numerous public appeals, a 29-year-old man was arrested at Newcastle Police Station about 10am today (Wednesday 14 October 2020).

He was charged with murder, dangerous driving occasioning death and fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Newcastle Local Court later today (Wednesday 14 October 2020).

Investigations under Strike Force Awabakil are ongoing.

Anyone with information about Strike Force Awabakil is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

(Update provided by NSW Police Media)

HRT Weekly Update

Hunter River Times Weekly Update, 21 October 2020




In this Hunter River Times weekly update, the voice of the Hunter Di Sneddon urges the community to buy local this Christmas. Local athlete Emily Lambkin wins the NSW Strongman competition and people are encouraged to support Legacy Australia which helps care for the dependents of deceased Australian service men and women.

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Garden brings joy to generations





Many of us struggled to find something to do during the periods of isolation, but not Beryl and Jim Hartin of Muswellbrook.

Their love of gardening has had the opportunity to bloom since they moved into the home they built themselves 58 years ago.

From the vegetable patch that has fed many neighbours and friends, to the flowers that entice birds and bees there is always something to do according to Beryl and Jim.

Beryl and Jim Hartin love nothing more than sharing their garden with family, including great granddaughters Addison (3) and Isla (1) Hartin.

“It’s keeping us healthy, especially this year when we haven’t been able to go anywhere,” Beryl said.

“We just love it.”

For a time there was a pool in the yard but it has since been removed and replaced with a fernery, and the playroom used by the couples four children is now a sewing room with a picturesque outlook.

They have planted large trees to give birds somewhere to nest and they enjoy spending afternoons sitting amongst them listening and watching the wildlife.

On any given evening Beryl and Jim can be found pottering around in the yard where they are often joined by their great granddaughters who live next door.

There is no other way to describe their yard than as a labour of love, but they would not have it any other way.

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House fire in Muswellbrook




Emergency services were called to a house fire in Muswellbrook on Friday morning.

Members from Fire and Rescue NSW Station 392 Muswellbrook and the Fire and Rescue NSW Station 208 Aberdeen were called at 5:54am, arriving shortly afterward to find a house alight.

“On arrival, we found large amounts of smoke and flames issuing from a house alight and got to work,” a Muswellbrook firefighter explained.

“Crews in breathing apparatus entered the house to confirm there were no occupants and extinguish the fire.

“The house has been fully destroyed internally as a result of the fire.”

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