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  1. Updates for Thursday 29 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 07:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

Get involved


Ciaran McCauley


That's us for today - thanks for all your contributions, including all those fantastic snow pictures.

Snow birds
Brendan Digney

Stay warm and safe tonight, and remember the birds - they're even colder than us (cheers to Brendan Digney for the pics). We'll be back with all the news, sport, weather and travel from 07:00 tomorrow.

Upper Hightown Road closed


Upper Hightown Road is closed between Upper Crumlin Road and Hightown Road due to poor road conditions.

Trimble: 'DUP may back Labour'

Stephen Walker

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

David Trimble says the

DUP may back a Labour administration if there's a hung parliament after the general election.

David Trimble

The former Ulster Unionist leader told

BBC's The View that the DUP may be attracted to "a party of public spending" and so move "towards Labour". The View is on BBC One tonight at 22:35.

Station reopens

Botanic railway station in Belfast has reopened. It had been closed since early morning as police carried out investigations in the area after a

body with multiple stab wounds was found.

Trust sorry over cancellations

Marie-Louise Connolly

BBC News NI Health Correspondent

The Belfast Trust has

apologised to more than 100 patients who had orthopaedic operations cancelled.


The procedures were due to take place at Musgrave Park Hospital.

Botanic reopens

Botanic Avenue in Belfast has reopened. It had been closed since early morning after a

body with multiple stab wounds was found.

Bird's eye view

We've been very grateful for your many excellent snow pictures today. For a unique viewpoint, this shot of the Larne coast taken with the help of a drone is hard to beat.

Larne coast
Damian Hemy

Thanks to Damian Hemy for the pic.

Family 'dismayed' over missing info

Robert Hamill's family say they are "dismayed" that information from the inquiry into his murder has been

lost after being put in the post.

Robert Hamill

They said they would be seeking "urgent answers" and are at "a lost to understand" why the material would be posted as it was

completed in February 2011.

Discharge for rugby assault

The captain of a school rugby team who assaulted a player from another team during a schools cup match is

given a conditional discharge.

Robert O'Callaghan, 20, from Sunnylands Avenue, Carrickfergus, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Hamill information 'lost in the post'

Discs containing information from the inquiry into the murder of Robert Hamill have gone

missing after being put in the post.

Robert Hamill
Handout from Inquiry

Mr Hamill was

killed by loyalists in Portadown in 1997. SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly said the loss would "increase public perception that collusion and cover-ups are rife".

Hats off to our reporters:

We received an email from a Newsline viewer that makes a very pertinent observation. They write: "It constantly amazes me that your reporters working outside in winter never wear hats."

Snow pic

The concerned viewer goes on to to make a suggestion: "Please take pity on them and get them to wear hats".

Ambulance weather 'difficulty'

The ambulance service says it is "experiencing difficulty" in answering some emergency calls

because of the bad weather.


It asks that people only call 999 for a real emergency and stay patient if there is a delay in the ambulance's response.

Postcard pic

The National Trust NI

tweets: More snowy beauty from Northern Ireland...this one from Castleward

Castle Ward

PS enrolment guaranteed

Strandtown primary school in Belfast has been

allowed to exceed its enrolment number in September.

All children in the feeder infants schools, Dundela, Greenwood and Belmont, who want it will have a place in p4 at Strandtown, the Department of Education has said.

Cameras out

Ciaran McCauley


As cynical newshounds, we don't often get doe-eyed - but this beautiful, ghostly winter picture of the Fermanagh Lakelands managed to do it.

Fermanagh Lakelands

That photo is just the tip of the snowy iceberg, as

our photo gallery has plenty more of the fantastic pictures you have been sending us.

Jennings optimistic about Spurs

BBC Radio Foyle

Goalkeeping legend

Pat Jennings told BBC Radio Foyle sports reporter Eric Whyte that Spurs are heading in the right direction, after his
former club qualified for the final of the League Cup last night.

Pat Jennings

The Newry man made 472 appearances in 13 years at the north London club.

Murder police probe flat link

Detectives believe a man stabbed to death on a popular Belfast shopping street may have been involved in an altercation in a nearby flat that spilled outside.

The victim, thought to be from Pakistan, was

found lying dead with multiple stab wounds on Botanic Avenue shortly after 5am.

Police are still trying to positively identify the victim.

Mmmm, doughnuts...

Ciaran McCauley


Maybe it's just the time of day, but something about this snow pic is making me hungry...

Snow 29 January 2015

You can check out some of the best snow pictures we've been sent on our

snowfall picture gallery. There is more from Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK in
this gallery.

Curry, no yoghurt

East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson


Curry tweet

Bins collection disruption:

Lurgan Mail

Lurgan Mail

reports that disruptions to bin collections are a possibility as a result of the snow.

Wheelie bins and recycling boxes

Prostitution over debt claims:

Londonderry Sentinel

Londonderry Sentinel

reports on a charity worker's claims that young mothers in Londonderry are being forced into prostitution in order to pay off debts.

Red light district
Christopher Furlong

Pakistan link to stabbing victim

Kevin Sharkey


A man found stabbed to death in Botanic Avenue this morning is believed to be from Pakistan.

Botanic Avenue murder

Two knives were found at the scene and police are also investigating a flat in India Street.

Debates 'problem' for broadcasters:

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says UK broadcasters have a "real problem" with the way

Northern Ireland parties have been treated over planned election debates.

Theresa Villiers

Ms Villiers says it seems "bizarre" that broadcasters are intending to include parties from Scotland and Wales, but not Northern Ireland.

Demos over 'Conscience clause'

Gay rights activists are to lead protests against DUP proposals to introduce a 'conscience clause',

the News Letter reports.

On Saturday there will be demonstrations in Belfast, Newry and Londonderry led by the Rainbow Project.

Road closed:

BBC NI Travel

AA Roadwatch


AA Roadwatch

Barra's Stark warning

Ciaran McCauley


There have been plenty of weather warnings this week, but

this one from spoof website The Ulster Fry is the (Barra) best one we've seen.

Barra Best Ned Stark
The Ulster Fry

The website says journalists have been calling this week's weather a "massive snow explosion" - we prefer snowmageddon, lads.

Accused banned from Belfast:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that a man accused of a
Christmas Eve killing in east Belfast has been banned from entering the city.

The prohibition was imposed on Christian Walker, 25, of Ribble Street in Belfast, as part of bail conditions on a charge of murdering Matthew Goddard.

CityBeat radio station sold:

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

Belfast radio station CityBeat has been sold to the Q Radio Network which operates a network of six regional stations across Northern Ireland.

Radio microphones

Road closures

BBC NI Travel

In County Antrim, the A6 Moneynick Road in Toomebridge is closed in both directions because of a crash. Diversions are in place at Gloverstown Road.

In south Down, the B27 Moyad Road at Spelga remains closed because of snow.

Rugby legend gets over the line

Newtownabbey Times

Irish rugby legend Willie John McBride is to have a sports hall named after him in Ballyclare,

reports the Newtownabbey Times.

Willie John McBride

Watch the long serving second row forward score

his only try for Ireland here.

Send us your snow snaps

Some more snaps of the snow across Northern Ireland. From the top working clockwise is a snap from our own Chris Buckler near Hannahstown, the BBC's Julian Fowler in Clogher, Sharon Cuatriz at Queens University in Belfast and Lauren Harte near Newcastle.

Snow 29 Jan 2015

You can send us your snow pictures by emailing

PSNI not on parade:

News Letter

The News Letter

reports that the PSNI will not be taking part in the St Patrick's Day parade in New York this year.

People around the world will be marking St Patrick's Day on 17 March
Getty Images

Concerns were raised last year about the six PSNI officers' official presence among explicitly Irish republican banners in the 2014 event.

Anyone got a snow wedge?

Ballycastle Golf Club

tweets: @newslineweather we can't find our #golf course #snow

golf course
Ballycastle Golf Club

Henderson in Wolfhounds side;

BBC Sport NI


Iain Henderson is named in the Ireland Wolfhounds team to take on the England Saxons tomorrow night.

Iain Henderson at Ireland training on Tuesday
©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ulster teammates Rob Herring, Robbie Diack and Craig Gilroy are on the bench, while Sean O'Brien and Keith Earls return to the team after injury.

Ambulance strike

Hundreds of ambulance workers and other NHS staff in Northern Ireland are

striking today over a proposed pay dispute.

Ambulance strike

The GMB union said its members in the NHS are taking action today for 12 hours from 09:00 while ambulance staff have been on walk-out for 12 hours since noon.

Murder victim was stabbed

It's being reported that

the man found dead in Botanic Avenue , Belfast this morning was stabbed to death.

Botanic stabbing

One man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Fuel spill

Trafficwatch NI



Dissident arrest in Antrim:


Police investigating dissident terrorist activity have arrested a 39 year old man in the Antrim area. A property in west Belfast was also searched last night.