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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 8 April 2015
  2. Newtownards air crash victim named
  3. Airlines cancel flights over strike
  4. Care for dying 'needs overhaul'

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Goodnight:

Ciaran McCauley

BBC News NI

That's us for BBC News NI Live - we'll back as ever at 07:00 tomorrow.

Fermanagh
BBC

The hills of Boho in Country Fermanagh were looking well in today's sunshine (thanks

Tom Gilroy). Tomorrow's looking good too, so keep the sun cream and shorts handy.

Magilligan or Magaluf?

Ciaran McCauley

BBC News NI

It's been one seriously sunny day - up on the Costa del Foyle, Magilligan has recorded a beach-friendly high of 17.7C.

Giants Causeway
Capturing NI

People have been flocking to the coast to enjoy the sun, as shown above in this pic from Capturing NI. Another dry, warm day is expected tomorrow. If it gets much worse, I'll be breaking out the factor 50.

Beach storm damage:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

The damage winter storms can do - on the left is Runkerry Beach on the Antrim coast last year, and on the right is how it is now.

Runkerry Beach
BBC

Increase in Belfast racist crimes:

Police in Belfast have recorded a

43% increase in racist hate crimes in the space of eight months.

Racist hate crimes
BBC

Crash in Seaforde:

PSNI Down

tweets:

RTC
BBC

Nomination row "embarrassing" says Alliance

Alliance candidate in south Belfast Paula Bradshaw says the

nomination dispute involving the DUP & UUP is "embarrassing".

Paula Bradshaw
BBC

She claimed the DUP were trying to win votes on the back of former UUP MP Martin Smyth and it had `backfired`.

Troon to Larne sailing cancelled:

BBC NI Travel

P&O's 19:15 sailing from Troon to Larne has been cancelled, foot passengers will be transferred to Cairnryan.

Still no Windsor Park report:

Mark Simpson

BBC News NI

The IFA has still not received a report into the damaged West Stand at Windsor Park that was

closed last week.

Windsor Park
BBC

Pictures of the stand taken today suggest the cracks in the stand have widened in the past week - top shows the initial damage while the bottom picture was taken a few hours ago.

Downpatrick crash:

PSNI

Belfast Road in Downpatrick closed following a two vehicle RTC close to junction of Inch Abbey Road. Diversions are in place.

Motorway services open for business

The first of four planned motorway service stations opened today on the M2 countrybound

motorway service station
BBC

Applegreen, the company responsible, says when all four are operational there'll be 250 permanent jobs.

Missing man appeal:

Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of 26-year-old Gary Mulhern.

Gary Mulhern
PSNI

He was last seen in the City Cemetery in Belfast this morning at about 08:45. He's described as being 5ft 10in tall, medium to heavy build and with shaven brown hair.

Two crashes on M1:

BBC NI Travel

Two crashes are causing delays on the M1 leaving Belfast. One lane is blocked just before Blacks Road and one is blocked after Blacks Road junction.

SDLP candidate has `no comment` on nomination row

SDLP south Belfast candidate Alasdair McDonnell says he has `no comment at all` to make on the

nomination row within the constituency.

Dr Alasdair McDonnell
BBC

Dr McDonnell said: "It makes no difference to me what Martin Smyth does."

Easter traffic:

BBC NI Travel tweets: It's not often we see the M1 at Stockman's Lane like this during rush hour! #eastertraffic

M1
BBC

Low flying through the Mournes

Thanks to Harry Hawkins for this shot of the Hercules plane on a low flying exercise in the Mournes yesterday.

plane in Mournes
Harry Hawkins

The aircraft

caused quite a stir and was spotted all the way from Newry to the north coast and as far west as Fermanagh.

Arrests after Coleraine chase:

Four people have been arrested after a crash in Coleraine last night.

The car, which was being driven erratically, crashed on the Milburn Road after a police pursuit. Five people were taken to hospital.

Concern over missing woman:

Police say they are concerned over a missing 28-year-old woman who was last seen in the Antrim area on Sunday.

Victoria Doherty
PSNI

Victoria Doherty is described as being around 5ft 2in tall, heavy build with long curly black hair. It is believed she may have travelled to the Republic of Ireland.

Bus tour boss guilty of assault:

A bus tour company boss has been

found guilty of attacking a rival employee during an alleged row in Belfast city centre.

Laganside Court
BBC

Titanic and City Tours managing director Sean Donnelly, 50, had denied assaulting Kevin Boyle, who claimed his nose was broken during an argument last May.

New faces at Ulster:

There are two new signings at Ulster rugby - London Welsh players Peter Browne, forward, and scrum-half Paul Rowley are

joining the Kingspan Stadium club.

Paul Rowley started his career with Irish side Munster
Getty Images

Holiday delays:

Families from Northern Ireland who were on holiday in Paris have been caught up in the French air traffic control strike.

Passengers looking at departure boards at Orly airport
AFP

About 50 people at Disneyland

were told their flight was cancelled and they could spend hours waiting for another flight home.

No U-turn on stroke unit:

Newry Reporter

The Newry Reporter

says that Health Minister Jim Wells has ruled out a U-turn on Daisy Hill Hospital's stroke unit being closed.

Stroke unit front page
The Newr Reporter

Child gender service referrals:

A service set up for children experiencing difficulties over their gender identity has had

29 referrals since it opened last summer.

Knowing Our Identity (KOI) works with young people unhappy with their biological gender - a condition known as Gender Identity Dysphoria.

Collision closure:

Trafficwatch NI

Trafficwatch NI

tweets:

The A20 Kempe Stones Road in Dundonald has been closed towards Newtownards due to a 2 vehicle collision. Seek alternative route.

Motorways now and then:

BBC NI Archive

Northern Ireland's first motorway service station opens today near Templepatrick, County Antrim.

M2
BBC

There were certainly no such facilities

in 1973 when David Capper reported on the building of the 'Loughshore Road motorway', which ran between Greencastle to Duncrue Street and forms part of the current M2 / M5.

From space:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Check it out - such a great view from space. Warm with 17C in that sunshine so far.

Space view
BBC

Low-flying aircraft video

You can watch

a video of a large-low-flying aircraft along Northern Ireland's north coast yesterday. Thanks to Brian Cassidy for sending us the clip.

Plane
BBC

The Ministry of Defence confirmed it was a military flight on a navigation exercise across parts of Northern Ireland.

Holiday bus timetable in Derry.

Translink

Ulsterbus services in the Londonderry area will be operating a holiday timetable today, tomorrow and Friday. You can contact Translink on 028 9066 6630 for more information.

Former MP claims he was 'misled' by DUP:

Former UUP MP Rev Martin Smyth has accused the DUP's South Belfast general election candidate Jonathan Bell of

misleading him in a row over nomination papers.

Jonathan Bell
BBC

The DUP yesterday said that Mr Smyth was endorsing Mr Bell. However, Mr Smyth told the DUP he had originally pledged his support to the UUP candidate Rodney McCune.

Death at pub uncovers illegal opening hours:

A man died suddenly at Joe's Bar in Dungiven on the morning of 6 October 2013 when alcohol had been served until almost 06:00 that morning, a court has been told.

Coleen O'Neill, 43, of Kevin Lynch Park in Dungiven was fined £3,000 in relation to two counts of permitting the consumption of liquor outside hours between October 4 and October 7 2013.

The district judge also fined James Thomas, 44, of the same address, £1,000 for one count of permitting the sale of liquor on the same date. The bar was also ordered to be closed for three months.

Final countdown for Tyrone and Donegal:

BBC Sport NI

Tyrone and Donegal will meet in the U21 Ulster football championship final tonight at Celtic Park in Derry tonight at 20:00.

Tyrone's Conor Meyler in action against Fionnan Burns of Armagh
Press Eye

This is Donegal's third U21 Ulster final in a row. Tyrone defeated Armagh in last week's semi-final on a scoreline of 2-12 to 2-8.

Illegal rave turned into brawl:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that more than 100 young people were involved in an illegal rave that spiralled into a brawl.

PSNI Patrol
BBC

Police say they are working in partnership with Belfast City Council to put on more patrols in the area to try and reduce incidents.

Viable pipe bomb at security alert:

PSNI

Police say the suspicious object discovered in the Teeling Avenue area of west Belfast was a viable pipe bomb.

The security alert has now ended.

IRA Dortmund killings case re-opened:

News Letter

The News Letter

reports that German investigators have re-opened a case into a decades-old IRA murder.

The niece of Heidi Hazell has said her family has received a letter from the German Federal Attorney's Office, instructing police to reignite the probe into her death. Ms Hazell was shot in a car near Dortmund on 7 September 1989.

Security alert cleared:

Translink

tweets:

Translink
Twitter

14 new jobs at Carryduff company

A Carryduff market research company is hiring 14 new staff as it seeks to broaden its customer base.

Client Analysis and Relationship Development (CARD) Ltd currently employs 12 people and is investing £300,000 in the expansion. Invest NI has offered a grant of £84,000 to support the 14 new jobs.

Bell accused of 'pulling a fast one':

BBC News NI's Michael Cairns

tweets:

Michael Cairns tweet
Twitter

Basking in sunshine:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

I hope you're enjoying today. There's more to come, but cooler and a bit more unsettled at the weekend.

Weather
BBC

Fire service respond to reports of gas smells:

The Northern Ireland Fire Service have been called to Donegall Pass in south Belfast as a smell of gas has been reported in the area.

Donegall Pass
BBC

Plane mystery:

A large, low-flying aircraft filmed along Northern Ireland's coast has caused a stir on social media, with even police asking what it was up to.

Plane
Brian Cassidy

Just what was this mystery plane up to?

We've been able to find out.

Tailbacks at alert:

Kevin Sharkey

BBC News NI

There are big traffic tailbacks in the area of the Lagmore alert in west Belfast. Access is cut off from hundreds of homes in the Whiterise area.

Lagmore alert
BBC

Some local community halls have been opened in case anyone can't get back to their homes. No homes have been evacuated.