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  1. Updates for Thursday 16 April 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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Ciaran Daly


That draws BBC News NI Live to a close for another day. There are going to be clear skies again tonight so you might see a spectacular skyline like the one captured by Stephen Rooney last night.

Ulster skyline
Stephen Rooney

We'll be back again on Friday at 07:00. Until then, you can keep up to date with all of the latest news, sport, travel and weather on the

BBC News NI website.

This evening's weather forecast:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

There's more sunshine to come tomorrow but it's going to be a chilly but clear night tonight.

You can watch this evening's weather forecast here.

Evening weather 16 April 2015

There'll be a few spots of frosts around tomorrow morning but otherwise it's going to be a nice end to the week. Temperatures will typically between 12C and 14C. It's also shaping up to be a sunny weekend.

150 Unionist flags removed in Portadown:

Portadown Times

The Portadown Times

reports that up to 150 Union and loyalist flags have been taken down across Portadown in what is being hailed as a "unique and highly significant" agreement.

Union flag

Green Party launch manifesto:

The Green party in Northern Ireland has launched

its general election manifesto. The 20-page document, called The Common Good, prioritises the protection of public services over austerity.

Steven Agnew said his party was calling for a non-violent, green, grassroots revolution

The party said it wants to invest in energy-efficient social housing to deal with the problems of homelessness and fuel poverty.

Special needs boy wins High Court battle

A north Down boy with special educational needs today won a to get into the secondary school of his choice.

High Court, Belfast

The 12-year-old was denied a place at St Columbanus' College in Bangor, County Down due to a cap on its intake of pupils with learning difficulties. He had been ruled out because he moved from a Catholic to state controlled primary school to ensure his needs were catered for.

Newsnight in Belfast:

BBC Newsnight is in Belfast and will be broadcasting an election special on BBC One NI at 22:45 tonight.

BBC Newsnight

Nigel Dodds, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Mark Durkan, David Ford and Mike Nesbitt will face questions from presenter Evan Davis.

Coming up on BBC Newsline

BBC Newsline presenter Tara Mills

tweets what's coming up on tonight's BBC Newsline on BBC One at 18:30.

Newsline 16 April 2015

More stars sign up to play Irish Open:

BBC Sport NI

Germany's Martin Kaymer, England's Luke Donald and the USA's Patrick Reed will all play in the Irish Open Golf tournament at Royal County Down in Newcastle in May.

Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer

They join a stellar field that already includes Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler.

Farmer banned from keeping animals

A Newry farmer was today disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years after being convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to sheep.

Newry Magistrates' Court

Hopkins William Heslip Junior, of 22 Brae Road, Ardarragh, Newry, pleaded guilty at Newry Magistrates' Court to the charges. In addition to the ban on owning animals he was fined £1,250 plus £15 offenders levy.

Oil spill

Trafficwatch NI

tweets: Antrim: oil spill A26 Frosses Rd Glarryford heading north towards Ballymoney - broken down lorry also needs to be removed - delays.


Facebook to appeal sex offender £20K damages ruling

Facebook is to appeal a High Court ruling that ordered it

to pay £20,000 in damages to a convicted sex offender who featured on its site. Joseph McCloskey, who operated the page, is also to appeal the decision.


The plaintiff was convicted in 2007 of a number of sex offences. He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and released on licence in 2012. In 2014, he brought an action seeking damages and an injunction on the basis that Facebook and Mr McCloskey had misused private information.

Ambulance service pack lost

An ambulance service pack has been lost in the Monagh Bypass area of west Belfast. The Norther Ireland Ambulance Service would ask anyone who finds this pack to contact them on 028 9040 0999 or alternatively, to contact the police on 101.


The sealed pack is bright yellow in colour and contains a small ampoule of 10ml of a pain-killing drug along with a syringe and needle.

College system impact at Hydebank

BBC News NI's Rick Faragher

tweets: Soon on
@BBCevex I report from Hydebank Youth Prison in Belfast & ask offenders what difference its new 'college' system is making to them.


Ombudsman uphold complaint

The Police Ombudsman's Office has upheld a complaint from a member of the public who was forced to do an emergency stop to avoid a police vehicle which had gone through red traffic lights in Belfast city centre.

Police ombudsman

The complainant alleged that the car was being driven dangerously and that the only way to avoid crashing into it was to do an emergency stop.

IFA studying Windsor Park report

The Irish FA say they are currently studying the findings of a report on the damage caused to the West Stand at Windsor Park.

Windsor Park is currently closed because of the cracks in the West Stand at the ground

The BBC understands that a preliminary report has recommended that the stand be demolished.

Body is missing student

Police in Scotland have confirmed that the body found at a farm north of Glasgow is missing Irish student Karen Buckley,

Karen Buckley
Getty Images

Karen Buckley, from Cork, was reported

missing after a night out in Glasgow on Saturday. A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with her death.

Ormiston House sold:

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

BBC News NI Economics and Business editor John Campbell

tweets: Planning application confirms Argento owner Pete Boyle is new owner of Ormiston House, one of Belfast's grandest properties.

Ormiston House

Barnes and Conlan seek Rio spots:

BBC Sport NI

Paddy Barnes will

secure his place at the Rio Olympics if he beats Venezuelan Finol Rivas on Saturday.

Paddy Barnes

Fellow Belfast fighter Michael Conlan could also clinch his place if he beats Jose Dias-Azocar and other results go his way.

Why are some people in Northern Ireland not voting?:

BBC Radio 4

Listen to BBC Ireland correspondent

Andy Martin's report from Northern Ireland for BBC Radio 4 on the increasingly large number of Northern Irish voters who aren't actually voting.


Ford recommends abortion law change

Marie-Louise Connolly

BBC News NI Health Correspondent

The Department of Justice has recommended making abortion legal in cases of lethal foetal abnormality but not in the case of sexual crimes following a publication consultation on the matter.

pregnancy test

Coleraine woman missing

Police are currently trying to find Linda Maton from the Coleraine area who was last seen at Ballymena train station at 16:45 on Tuesday 14 April.

The 70 year old is described as being very tall, very slim build with grey hair and was last seen wearing a light brown fleece, long brown skirt, brown boots, cream beret carrying three bags.

Fitzpatrick to retire:

BBC Sport NI

Ulster and Ireland prop Declan Fitzpatrick is to retire from rugby on medical grounds.

Ulster prop Declan Fitzpatrick
Press Eye

The 31 year-old played 98 times for Ulster and made seven international appearances for Ireland. He has been forced to retire due to a series of concussion-related injuries.

CCTV of Lyttle attack:

CCTV footage of the

moment Ballycastle man Barry Lyttle attacked his brother Patrick in Australia, critically injuring him, has emerged.


Mr Lyttle pleaded guilty in court earlier today. Patrick Lyttle appealed for the court to let the family return home to Northern Ireland. He will be sentenced on 24 April.

Noisy neighbour ruffling feathers:

BBC Radio Foyle

A rooster has ruffled a few feathers in Strabane, County Tyrone after some residents complained about his early morning wake-up calls.

Jimmy the Cockerel

Neighbours living beside Jimmy the rooster have complained to Derry City and Strabane District Council claiming his cockadoodledoos are a "nuisance".

Nice weather set to continue:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

There's some really nice weather on the way over the next few days. However, the air's not that warm so the nights will be cold.

You can watch the latest weather forecast here.

Afternoon weather 16 April 2015

A lot of the cloud around this afternoon will disperse by the end of the day. Tomorrow will be another great day to get outdoors with more sunshine around.

Trawler tracker shows submarine tow

The skipper of a Co Down trawler

shows BBC reporter Andy Martin a computer read-out of how his boat was dragged around by what's believed to have been a submarine.

tracker read out

Paul Murphy said his trawler 'Karen' was close to capsizing in the Irish Sea when he managed to cut it free.

The Alliance Party launch manifesto

The Alliance Party will bring a "unique" voice to Westminster, ensuring the people of Northern Ireland are heard, the deputy leader has said.

Naomi Long and David Ford at the launch of the Alliance Party manifesto

Naomi Long was speaking at the launch of

the party's manifesto, ahead of the 7 May general election.

GAA chief 'concerned' by Antrim:

BBC Sport NI

The director general of the GAA says he's concerned by Antrim's relegation to Division 2A of the hurling league.

Padraic Duffy

The Saffrons dropped to the third tier after defeat last weekend. Paraic Duffy says: "There's pluses and minuses but it's now up to Antrim to get their act together."

Drugs probe arrest:

The PSNI say they have

arrested a woman in England as part of an international drugs investigation into the supply of skunk cannabis.


The 24-year-old was arrested in the Birmingham area yesterday and has been taken to Belfast for questioning.

Windsor stand to be demolished?

A report has recommended that the

West Stand at Windsor Park be demolished, the BBC understands.

Windsor Park

The Irish FA has confirmed it has received a report and is studying its findings but have made no further comment.

Fermanagh election special:

BBC News NI's south west reporter Julian Fowler

tweets this photo of him with 5 live presenter Sarah Brett.

Sarah Brett

Sarah is presenting an election special from South West College in Enniskillen - you can

listen live now.

D-Day for Allen:

BBC Sport NI

Mark Allen has been

drawn against Ryan Day in the first round of the snooker World Championship.

Mark Allen
Getty Images

The tournament starts this Saturday.

BBC Newsnight in Belfast

BBC Newsnight will be broadcast from Belfast tonight with a special election edition on BBC One Northern Ireland at 22:45.

BBC Newsnight

In this special Newsnight, from Broadcasting House in Belfast, Evan Davis will analyse and debate all the issues with key players from the five largest parties in Northern Ireland.

Hoey in danger of missing the cut:

BBC Sport NI

Michael Hoey is facing a battle to make the cut at

the Shenzhen International in China after an opening two-over-par 74 left him eight off the pace.

Michael Hoey
Getty Images

Five-times European Tour winner Hoey's round puts him in a share of 85th place in China.

Buyers do not have to complete purchases:

BBC News NI economics and business editor John Campbell

tweets: Up to 40 buyers who agreed on flats at the James Clow complex in Belfast during the boom have won a case meaning they don't have to complete.

Completion case

NI man pleads guilty to injuring brother

A Northern Ireland man who critically injured his brother in Australia has

pleaded guilty to recklessly causing grievous bodily harm.

Barry and Patrick Lyttle
Channel 7 News

Barry Lyttle, from Ballycastle, County Antrim, was filmed on CCTV punching his younger brother, Patrick, outside a nightclub in Sydney in January. Patrick has asked the court to show leniency to his attacker.

Ford on BBC Talkback

BBC Talkback

tweets: You can talk directly to
@DavidFordMLA on the programme. It's our #ge2015 election phone-in here on Talkback. Keep tweeting questions #TalkbackALL.

Talkback 16 April 2015

Submarine advice:

A County Down fisherman had a terrifying

experience with what he says was a submarine - but what advice is out there if your sub gets tangled up with a boat?


The Royal Navy has this

unclassified advice for its subs - including "do not be unnecessarily secretive".

Man being questioned at Antrim:


A 48 year-old man has been arrested in Portrush, County Antrim this morning in relation to serious crime in the area.

He has been taken to Antrim for questioning.

Arson in west Belfast:

Police say two women and three children have escaped injury after a house in west Belfast was set on fire last night.

Petrol was poured through the letter box of the house on St Agnes Place and set alight. It damaged the front door of the house and caused smoke damage.