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  1. Updates for Tuesday 14 April 2015
  2. More updates on Wednesday at 07:00

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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That's it for BBC News NI Live - we'll see you again on Wednesday from 07:00.


If you're stargazer, keep an eye out for the International Space Station - it'll be passing over at 22:00. Though Cee Daly says those in the south east have the best chance of clear skies.

Week's weather ahead:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

High pressure is building later this week so we should have plenty of dry, fine weather as we hit the weekend.

Weather Tuesday

Cave doubtful for Ulster:

BBC Sport NI

Darren Cave could be

an injury doubt for Ulster's match against Leinster in Belfast on 24 April.

Darren Cave
Press Eye

However, full-back Louis Ludik is expected to be fit.

Not guilty pleas in fraud case:

Two social security agency (SSA) investigators have

pleaded not guilty to fraud charges.

Brian McManus, 49, of Green Road, and Elaine Copes, 42, of Ebor Parade, both Belfast, will go on trial in June 2015.

Macaques under threat:

Belfast Zoo says it's reviewing its macaque enclosure and the

long-term future of the animals after another one escaped briefly today.

Macaque zoo escape
Andy Wilson/Stephen Carroll

The fire service was called out this morning to help a macaque out of a tree in the grounds of Belfast Castle, as these pictures from Andy Murphy and Stephen Carroll show.

Quick, fit Boyce on form:

BBC Sport NI

Northern Ireland striker Liam Boyce is benefitting from a slimmed down look

according to his Ross County manager Jim McIntyre.

Liam Boyce

The 24-year-old scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 win at St Mirren last night.

Brains of Ballymena:

Iain McDowell


A Ballymena man has played his part in securing the University Challenge crown for a Cambridge college.

University Challenge

Michael Taylor helped lead Gonville and Caius College to success on Monday night - I

found out just what it was like for the former Ballymena Academy student.

Arson was 'mindless vandalism':

The principal of a west Belfast school that was

targeted in an arson attack says GCSE students' work was lost in the fire.

CBS arson

Tim Armstrong at Christian Brothers' School (CBS) on the Glen Road said the attack was "wanton, mindless vandalism of the worst extreme".

Cash and carry staff strike ballot:

BBC News NI's economics editor John Campbell


John Campbell
Ciaran McCauley

Woodstock delays:

BBC NI Travel

Delays on the Woodstock Link towards Woodstock Road as people avoid the Castlereagh Road, where traffic's down to one lane in both directions.

Rape claim to 'get lift home':

A judge has said that a woman who falsely accused a man of rape made the claim to

"secure a free police lift home".

Emma Louise Gallagher, 23, from Ardnalee Park in Strabane, was given a nine-month suspended sentence for perverting justice.

Money raised for arson victim:

This morning we reported that a

nail salon had been set on fire in what police called a racially-motivated hate crime.

Nail salon arson

An online campaign to raise money for the owner has been launched and has raised almost £2,000 in five hours.

Police investigating speech complaint:

Police say they are investigating a DUP complaint of hate speech during a republican commemoration in Lurgan on Easter Sunday.

Dee Fennell

The complaint involves a speech made by north Belfast republican Dee Fennell. In the speech, Mr Fennell said that "armed struggled in 2015 remains a legitimate act of resistance".

Belfast Giant on the scoresheet:

BBC Sport NI

Belfast Giants' David Phillips was one of the heroes for Great Britain after he scored a goal that helped

claim a 2-1 victory over Estonia in Division 1 Group B of the World Championships.

GB Ice Hockey
Colin Lawson GB Ice Hockey

The experienced Phillips opened the scoring against the Estonians before Robert Farmer grabbed the winner.

Lough Erne legal action:

News Letter

Legal action over the ownership of land at the five-star Lough Erne Resort is set to be resolved,

the News Letter reports.

Lough Erne

The High Court heard that a settlement in the case is expected to be confirmed early next month.

Parents call for legal high ban:

The parents of Adam Owens, who was

found dead in Newtownards yesterday, say that legal highs changed him so that "he didn't care about anything".

Adam Owens parents

His father, Carl, has called for the drugs to be banned.

Stormont rules breached by UKIP?

BBC News NI political correspondent Gareth Gordon


UKIP Stormont

Bomb victim loses sight in one eye:

The Irish News reports a man who was seriously injured in a booby-trap bomb in Crossmaglen in February has been

blinded in one eye because of the explosion.

Francis McCabe Jr
Irish News

Francis McCabe Jr was injured after the the explosion on Corliss Road.

UKIP manifesto launch:

Gareth Gordon

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

Immigration is "right at the top" of Northern Irish people's concerns according to UKIP.

David McNarry

Speaking at Stormont during a manifesto launch for the general election David McNarry said it was a much bigger issue than Europe.

House prices on the up

House prices in Northern Ireland rose by more than 14% in the year to February, according to the Office for National Statistics.

House prices

It's twice the UK average and the biggest rise since November 2007. The average house is now worth £152,000.

Mostly dry today:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Mostly dry through the rest of today, just a few spots of rain. Breezy but mild where it brightens up!

Weather Tuesday

Cigarette smuggling rather than 'anything more sinister'

Natalie Lindo

BBC News

Gary McDaid, 37, of Glenowen Park, Londonderry,

has been ordered to pay £300 for assisting in what he believed was the smuggling of cigarettes.

He was originally charged with conspiracy and having explosives with intent to endanger life. Judge Desmond Marrinan said the court accepted that Mr McDaid believed his co-accused was "moving cigarettes as opposed to anything more sinister"

Armagh at full strength for final:

BBC Sport NI

Armagh are set to be

at full strength for the Football League Division Three final with Fermanagh on 25 April after Stefan Campbell returned to training.

Stefan Campbell
Press Eye

Campbell has lined out at midfield and at full-forward for the Orchardmen.

NI house prices:

BBC News NI economics and business editor John Campbell


John Campbell

11-year-old boy assaulted

An 11-year-old boy in the Torrens Crescent area of Belfast was assaulted on Friday evening. Police are appealing for information about the incident.

The boy was walking home at around 10pm when a man, believed to be aged in his 30s and about 5'4" tall, pulled him into an alley. The boy got away and made his way home.

No comment on cuts from students union:

BBC News NI's Robbie Meredith


Queens job cuts

Antrim hurlers back Ryan:

BBC Sport NI

The Antrim senior hurling team has issued a statement

backing their manager Kevin Ryan in the wake of their relegation to Division 2A for 2016.

Kevin Ryan

The players expressed their full support for the Waterford native after a meeting on Monday.

Stormont parties 'sharing tax fund':

News Letter

Stormont's parties are sharing more than £860,000 from a little-known pot of public money which sees taxpayers directly fund political parties,

the News Letter reports.


The Financial Assistance for Political Parties Scheme has seen huge payments made directly to political parties.

Sunshine and cloud:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

BBC News NI weather presenter Barra Best

tweets: Here's the view from space. A north-south split in terms of sunshine and cloud.

Satellite image Ireland

Linfield vs Crusaders at the Oval:

BBC Sport NI

Linfield will play their postponed 'home' Irish Premiership game against Crusaders at the Oval on Tuesday, 21 April.

Linfield vs Crusaders

The match was scheduled to take place at Windsor Park on 4 April but was called off because of

damage to the West Stand.

Murder accused offers sympathies to victim's family:

Andy West


The man accused of the murder of Kyle Neil, whose body was found in a car boot on Sunday morning in south Belfast, has expressed his "deepest personal sympathies" to the family of the victim through his defence lawyers.

Kyle Neil
Kyle Neil Facebook

The defence for Wesley Harry Vance of Mill Street, Comber said on his behalf: " I would like to say knives kill and this is a classic example."

236 jobs to go at Queens:

Maggie Taggart

BBC News NI Education Correspondent

Queen's University Belfast is

cutting 236 jobs and 290 student places due to a funding reduction.

Queen's University Belfast

The move is in response to an £8m cut in the subsidy received from the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL).

Belfast delays

Trafficwatch NI



Bombardier 'committed to NI':

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

Bombardier say they are "committed to NI". Full company statement after Naomi Long claims they could go in the event of Britain's exit from the European Union.


'Whiskey mission' war dead remembered

A mission to

collect whiskey from Northern Ireland for a party towards the end of World War Two ended in a blazing inferno in which 11 US personnel died.

The ground crew who built “Combined Operations”

On 14 April 1945, the personnel died after their Flying Fortress bomber crashed in the Isle of Man. A service to remember those who died will be held in Perwick later today.

Arrest in paramilitary attacks probe:

Police have arrested a man in Coleraine as part of an investigation into recent paramilitary attacks in the area.

The 48-year-old has been taken to Antrim police station for questioning.

Legal highs 'linked to teen death':

The parents of a

teenager who was found dead in Newtownards believe legal highs contributed to his death.

Legal Highs

Adam Owens, 17, was discovered on Monday lying on grass outside a house in Bristol Park. His father, Carl, said the drugs turned him "from a happy intelligent young man into a suicidal teenager".

'Hate crime' arson:

The nail salon in Belfast that was

set on fire last night was owned by a Lithuanian woman.

Asta's Hair Salon

Police say that the attack on Asta's Glam Factory, on Castlereagh Street, was a racially-motivated hate crime.

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