CCN Daily News Brief – 9th March, 2021

Tuesday 9th March, 2021. Today’s ‘must know stories from across the Central Coast, fresh from the CCN newsroom. Read by Charlea Tonnet.

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And here’s the latest news from Central Coast Newspapers:

Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters managed to extinguish a car fire that broke out on the M1 Pacific Motorway at Somersby just after 8.30am on Monday.

Following Triple Zero calls, firefighters arrived on scene to find a car, which had pulled over in the southbound breakdown lane, well alight.

One lane of traffic was closed due to large plumes of smoke impacting motorists.

The fire was extinguished and the road reopened, but traffic was impacted for some time.

The driver of the car managed to safely evacuate, and no further other injuries were reported.

Three teenagers faced court on Sunday following a pursuit on the Peninsula in the early hours of that morning.

About 12.20am, officers attached to the Brisbane Water Proactive Crime team attempted to stop a Toyota Corolla on Brisbane Water Dr for a random breath test.

The Toyota failed to stop and began accelerating away from police, who followed them through Woy Woy, Ettalong Beach and Umina Beach.

Road spikes were successfully deployed at the intersection of Bourke and Ocean Beach Rds, deflating the tyres before the car crashed into a street sign on Dorothy Ave, Woy Woy.

A search of the vehicle and the occupants found the passengers allegedly in possession of cash, and drugs.

The driver, a 16-year-old boy, and his two male passengers, aged 16 and 15, were arrested and taken to Gosford Police Station and charged with various offences.

An elderly man drowned at Pearl Beach on Sunday.

At around 7.30am, police requested assistance from Surf Life Saving after a man went into the water at Pearl Beach after his dog.

The dog was able to get back to shore, but the man, who was in his 70s, was swept out to sea in hazardous conditions.

The Umina SLSC callout team responded in an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) and a jet ski from the Central Coast Support Operations group.

Council lifeguards were also alerted and responded.

A search of the water was conducted and a short time later the Toll Rescue Helicopter sighted the man in the water unconscious.

The Curby soft plastics recycling trial program run by Council has seen close to five tonnes of soft plastics diverted from landfill since the trial started in November, 2020.

Central Coast is the only council in Australia which is currently trialling a soft plastics recycling program.

The trial is still underway but preliminary results are impressive and demonstrate a great effort from residents participating to help reduce the amount of soft plastics going to landfill and its impact on the environment.

There are currently 2,054 active participants in the trial with a total of 9,163 bags scanned containing 4,923kg of soft plastics to date.

For more on these stories and lots of other local news, pick up a copy of free your Central Coast Newspaper from one of hundreds of outlets around the Coast or read us online at coastcommunitynews.com.au.

I’m Charlea Tonnet for Central Coast Newspapers.

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