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  1. Updates for Friday 10 April 2015
  2. More updates from Monday at 07:00

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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Ciaran McCauley


That's us finished on BBC News NI Live for the week - here's to a great weekend whatever you get up to. We'll be back at Monday at 07:00.


In the meantime, let's hope these pics of the sun going down isn't the last we see of that fireball in the sky.

Rory ready for second round:

Rory McIlroy is just about to start his second round - you can follow his progress

online shortly and catch the Masters coverage on
BBC Radio 5 live from 21:00.

Rory McIlroy
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Wheels on the ground:

Is Belfast ready to get on its bike?

Belfast bikes

Later this month, the city will launch it's new public bike hire scheme - BBC News NI's Iain McDowell has been finding out whether

Belfast can join the cycling revolution.

Masters cut looming:

The projected cut for

the Masters is +2 - it looks like Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry may be set for a weekend with their feet up, they're +4 after 15 holes.

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell has had a rollercoaster round - he was +3 at one point but has fought back to +1. Darren Clarke is at +2 after just four holes.

Belfast crash causing delays

There's a collision on Ormeau Avenue, Belfast. It's causing tailbacks and delays so avoid the area at present if you can.

Belfast beauty:

There are worse places to be on a sunny day. Thanks to Gavin Baker for sending this picture of the panoramic scenes above Belfast at Cavehill.

Gavin Baker

Colleges to face off in Belfast:

BBC Sport NI

The Odyssey Arena in Belfast will

stage a major ice hockey tournament involving four American universities in November.

Friendship four
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The Friendship Four competition will take place over Thanksgiving weekend. It's the first time the National Collegiate Athletic Association will hold competitive games outside the US.

Crash in Lisburn:

Police say there has been a crash on Crossan Road, Lisburn, at the Comber Road crossroads. The road is open but there are lengthy tailbacks.

Labour 'will add Kincora':

Labour will

include Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast in a national sex abuse inquiry if elected, says its Northern Ireland shadow secretary of state.

Kincora Boys' Home

Ivan Lewis says the suffering of victims at Kincora had been "unimaginable".

Man charged over 'paramilitary assault':

PSNI Bangor


PSNI Bangor

Masters latest:

BBC Sport NI

So far, not so good news for local players at the Masters. Padraig Harrington has dropped five shots today, to sit on +5 - he looks unlikely to make the cut after 11 holes.

Padraig Harrington

Graeme McDowell is also +1 for the day and Shane Lowry is even par to sit on +3. Better for Darren Clarke though - he's just birdied the second to go to +1.

Purvis: 'It's time to move on':

Evening Extra

Dawn Purvis tells Evening Extra that she is

stepping down from the Marie Stopes Clinic because it's "time to move on".

Dawn Purvis

She says her resignation has nothing to do with pressure or stress, though she admitted that "times were very difficult" last year when a court case found Bernadette Smyth guilty of harassing her.

Another Aintree win for McCoy:

BBC Sport NI

AP McCoy's Don Cossack claimed

an emphatic victory in the Betfred Melling Chase on Ladies' Day at Aintree.

AP McCoy
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The 3-1 joint favourite pulled clear with two fences to go. McCoy will ride favourite Shutthefrontdoor in

tomorrow's Grand National.

Classroom assistant in court over guns and drugs find:

A primary school classroom assistant has appeared in court in

connection with the seizure of guns and up to £30,000 worth of drugs.

Pauline Mackin, 51, of Downview Gardens in Belfast, is linked to a gang being investigated over the recovery of cocaine, cannabis and three guns.

Purvis to step down at Marie Stopes:

BBC News NI health correspondent Marie-Louise Connolly


Ciaran McCauley

High ranking officer leaves PSNI:

News Letter

The police has announced that a chief superintendent will leave the PSNI for a new job in England, the

News Letter reports.

Chief Supt Michelle Larmour is leaving to take up the role of assistant chief constable at West Midlands Police.

Round two at Augusta:

Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry are out for their second rounds at the Masters.

Graeme McDowell
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McDowell is on level par, after a birdie and bogey through four holes. Harrington has made a poor start, dropping two shots to +2 after six while Shane Lowry has gained a shot - he's also on +2.

Rain on its way:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Rain will be moving in later tonight but if you're out and about this evening it'll be nice for a while.


Jailed for supplying drugs:

A father of three who supplied cocaine and cannabis has been

jailed for eight months.

Laganside Courts

Darren Richmond, 43, from Whitehouse Gardens, Newtownabbey, admitted helping to supply the drugs.

Air strike causes £2,000 trek home:

A family with an autistic child has

spent almost £2,000 to get home from France after their flight was cancelled during the air traffic control strike.

Chloe Monteith

Pauline Monteith travelled to Nice for a two-night holiday with her children, mother and aunt, who are both elderly.

Flybe flight diverted:

Flybe's flight from Exeter to Belfast City Airport has been diverted to Dublin because of technical problems.

It was due to arrive at 14:00 but will now land in Dublin at about 15:35.

More transport strikes likely:

BBC News NI business reporter Julian O'Neill


Transport strikes

Irish Cup final moved:

The Irish Cup final has been

moved to the Oval because of
damage to Windsor Park.


The decision gives Glentoran home advantage for the 2 May showpiece against Portadown.

Belfast's 'Elvis only' disco:

BBC NI Archive

There will be a gathering of

Elvis impersonators on 25 April at Nutts Corner as organisers try to break the Guinness world record for the number of Elvis impersonators in one place.

Elvis mural

Watch this different kind of gathering of Elvis aficionados back in 1977 when a disco was organised to commemorate the death of the King.

North Belfast honeymoon:

BBC Sport NI

Newly-wed Paul Heatley is

expected to return to the Crusaders team for Saturday's crucial north Belfast derby away to Cliftonville.

Paul Heatley
Press Eye

The Crues winger missed Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at Portadown because of his wedding.

Portglenone pedestrian named:

The 83-year-old woman who died after being

hit by a car in Portglenone, County Antrim was Elizabeth Moore, known locally as Lizzie.

Police have said they want to speak to the driver of a white van that was in the area at the time.

Lifeboat launch

Keiron Tourish


Crowds turned out in Buncrana, County Donegal, to welcome a new lifeboat, the first of its kind in Ireland.

New Lifeboat

The boat was designed by Derry man Peter Eyre who was rescued by a Lough Swilly lifeboat when he was 14.

Minister condemns racist attack

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is to intervene in the case of a family who are

homeless after being the victims of racist attacks.

Kerry Ann Brown looks at the damage to her window

Kerry Ann Brown, who came to Northern Ireland 13 years ago from Jamaica, has three children and is pregnant. Mr McGuinness said her situation was "appalling".

Man struck by car:

An 86-year old man is in a serious condition in hospital after being struck by a car in Armagh this morning.

The collision occurred in Gaol Square in the city at around 10:15.

M2 lane blocked:

BBC NI Travel

A broken-down lorry near Randalstown is blocking the inside lane of the M2 towards Belfast. Drivers are advised to slow down travelling south from the M22 onto the M2.

Irish Cup Final venue:

Portadown FC


Portadown FC

Cold front

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Enjoy the warmth today. Significant change in the weather this weekend - much cooler and Sunday will bring rain for a time.


'Middle man' jailed for drugs offences

A man has been jailed for eight months after admitting being concerned in the supply of both Class A and Class B drugs.

A court heard that Darren Richmond, 43, from Whitehouse Gardens , Newtownabbey, became the "middle man" in the supply of cocaine and cannabis to work colleagues.

Tee-times at Augusta:

BBC Sport

There will be five golfers from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in action on day two of the Masters.

Rory McIlroy
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Here are

today's tee times: Shane Lowry 14:02, Padraig Harrington 14:13, Graeme McDowell 14:35, Darren Clarke 16:36, Rory McIlroy 18:48.

Police to re-examine teen death:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that police are to re-examine the death of a teenage girl after receiving new details about the dealer who allegedly supplied the drug that killed her.


Stacey Nugent died after taking an unregulated stimulant drug known as "speckled cherries" linked to the deaths of at least 20 other young people across Northern Ireland.

Four changes for Ulster:

BBC Sport NI

Ulster have made four changes for their Pro 12 clash against Connacht tomorrow.

Ulster team
Ciaran McCauley

Tommy Bowe, Jared Payne, Rory Best and Clive Ross come into the side for the trip to Galway. You can listen to the match live on BBC Radio Ulster at 14:40.

McCoy win could cost bookies £50m:

BBC Sport

Bookmakers, be afraid - be very afraid. If AP McCoy wins the Grand National on favourite Shutthefrontdoor tomorrow it could

cause bookies a £50m loss.

AP McCoy

The 19-time champion, from Northern Ireland, will retire if he wins on a record 20th appearance in the race.

Newry to host famine commemoration:

Newry will host the 2015 famine commemoration, the first time it has been held in Northern Ireland.

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The annual event rotates between the four provinces and Newry has been selected as this year's venue. Irish Arts Minister Heather Humphreys said the community had shown enthusiasm and determination to host the event.