Police investigating building fire in Newcastle

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A crime scene has been established after a fire at a vacant Newcastle hotel overnight.

At about 5.30pm on Sunday 5 April 2020, emergency services were called to King Street, Newcastle, following reports of an explosion at an unoccupied licensed premises.

They arrived to find the building well alight; crews from Fire and Rescue NSW took several hours to extinguish the blaze.

More than 100 people from nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution, while two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Officers from Newcastle City Police District have commenced investigations into the cause of the blaze.

Hunter Street remained closed on Monday between Auckland Street and Worth Place; local diversions are in place.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Newcastle Police on 4929 0999 or Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or via the NSW Crime Stoppers Website.

Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is urged not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Police seek witnesses following crash at Jewells

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious crash in the Lake Macquarie area last month.

At about 10.20am on Wednesday 25 March 2020, a gold Toyota Camry, being driven by a 60-year-old woman, was travelling south on the Pacific Highway at Jewells.

At the same time, a silver Toyota Camry, being driven by a 73-year-old woman, was travelling west on Ntaba Road when the two cars collided at the intersection of Ntaba Road and the Pacific Highway.

The drivers of both cars suffered serious injuries and were taken to John Hunter Hospital, where they remain in a critical condition.

A crime scene was established by Lake Macquarie Police District, with the circumstances of the crash being investigated by officers from the Hunter Crash Investigation Unit.

As inquiries continue, police are requesting anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or who has dashcam footage, to contact police.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the NSW Crime Stoppers website.

Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.