Bullet at primary school ahead of New England by-election

A bullet has been found with an ominous note at a primary school where a polling station will be set up for the New England by-election this weekend.

The note and bullet were found on Friday in the New England electorate in northern NSW, Sky News reported.

The note reads: 'this is where the shooting will be on December 2.'

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce tipped to comfortably win seat of New England

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce tipped to comfortably win seat of New England

A bullet has been found with an ominous note at a primary school where a polling station will be set up for the New England by-election this weekend 

A bullet has been found with an ominous note at a primary school where a polling station will be set up for the New England by-election this weekend 

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce is tipped to comfortably win but said he is being stalked as part of 'dirty' campaign tactics in the final days of the by-election to retain his seat 

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce is tipped to comfortably win but said he is being stalked as part of 'dirty' campaign tactics in the final days of the by-election to retain his seat 

NSW Police confirmed the incident but said it was not related to the by-election. 

'Police from the Oxley Local Area Command are investigating after the discovery of an item and graffiti at an educational facility in Quirindi, a NSW Police spokesperson said.

'The item was discovered about 3pm on Thursday 21 November and has been removed for further forensic examination.

'Police from the Oxley Local Area Command will maintain a police presence at the location throughout the day on Saturday.'

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce is tipped to comfortably win but said he is being stalked as part of 'dirty' campaign tactics in the final days of the by-election to retain his seat.

A bullet and a death threat were reportedly sent to his office earlier this month, and this week he was confronted by a man while visiting Glen Innes, and again at Inverell.

A bullet and a death threat were reportedly sent to Barnaby Joyce's office earlier this month, and this week he was confronted by a man while visiting Glen Innes, and again at Inverell 

A bullet and a death threat were reportedly sent to Barnaby Joyce's office earlier this month, and this week he was confronted by a man while visiting Glen Innes, and again at Inverell 

Former deputy PM Barnaby Joyce speaks to volunteers at his pop-up office in Glen Innes in the New England electorate

Former deputy PM Barnaby Joyce speaks to volunteers at his pop-up office in Glen Innes in the New England electorate

Mr Joyce will almost certainly regain the NSW seat in the absence of a high-profile opponent when almost 110,000 voters go to the polls on Saturday.

Betting websites have Mr Joyce as the overwhelming favourite.

The former deputy prime minister won the seat with 58.5 per cent of the two-party preferred vote in 2016 against nine other candidates.

This time around 16 independent and minor party candidates are hoping locals will punish the embattled Turnbull government by voting against Mr Joyce.

'Some people will have divided loyalties,' election analyst Kevin Bonham told AAP.

'People may want to punish the government but not Joyce.'

Dr Bonham says the high number of candidates could reduce Mr Joyce's primary

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