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  1. Updates for Friday 17 April 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Monday

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By Conor Macauley and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

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Well, that's BBC News NI Live done for another week. It looks like it's going to be a cracking weekend, especially out west. It was a belter of a day in County Fermanagh as you can tell from this photo sent to us by Regina.

County Fermanagh scenery

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

BBC News NI website. Have a good weekend!

Lovely weekend weather on the way:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

We've got some lovely weather coming our way this weekend and the cloud that was around this morning is largely dispersing.

You can watch the latest weather forecast here.

Afternoon weather 17 April 2015

Temperatures will be highest in the west with highs of around 15C or 16C. After a chilly start to Saturday, it'll be mostly fine and sunny tomorrow. The good weather is set to stay until the middle of next week.

Thousands interested in redundancy scheme:

More than 7,200 civil servants in Northern Ireland have expressed interest in

the new voluntary redundancy scheme, according to the trade union NIPSA.


The aim of the scheme, which closed last month, is to lose the equivalent of 2,400 full-time posts.

Old Holywood Road re-opens

Trafficwatch NI

tweets that the Old Holywood Road has been re-opened

Holywood Road re-opened

Indecent images prison sentence

A County Antrim man who collected over

7,000 indecent images of children has been given a 21-month prison sentence.

Alan Lewis : Photopress Belfast

Kristoffer Noel John Coulter, from Mill River Mews in Ballyclare, admitted 21 charges of making and owning prohibited indecent images of children.

Tax cuts top Ulster Unionist manifesto

The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) has said tax reductions and extra money for mental health will be part of its price for joining any coalition government.

Leader Mike Nesbitt outlined the parties policies

Leader Mike Nesbitt said he would be prepared to work with the Conservatives or Labour

at the launch of the UUP manifesto.

Mount Stewart restored to former glory

After an £8m refurbishment,

Mount Stewart House has been fully restored to how it looked in its glory days.


The manager at Mount Stewart, Jon Kerr, said the restoration project had been the National Trust's "most significant investment in Northern Ireland in quite some time".

M2 overturned lorry cleared:

Trafficwatch NI

The crash northbound on the M2 at Sandyknowes has been cleared. There are delays which should ease within the next 30 minutes.

Buckley family attend Glasgow vigil

BBC News NI reporter Lisa McAlister

tweets that the family of murdered Cork student Karen Buckley are now at the vigil for her in Glasgow.

Lisa Buckler family

Belfast bike scheme on BBC Newsline:

Andy West


Andy West will be on BBC Newsline tonight at 18:30 as he gets to try out one of the new Belfast bikes. Will the scheme take off or get a puncture?

Belfast bike scheme

If you miss his piece you can watch it on BBC Newsline's

facebook page later.

Kearney ruled out of Rio Olympics:

BBC Sport NI

Northern Ireland's Lisa Kearney who represented Ireland at the London Olympics in Judo has ruled herself out of the Rio Olympics due to injury.

Lisa Kearney missed out on a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London
Press Eye


tweeted that the road to recovery would be long but that she was determined to recover.

Glasgow vigil for Karen Buckley

BBC News NI's Lisa McAlister

tweets that the people of Glasgow are paying their respects to murdered Cork student Karen Buckley.

Karen Buckley vigil

Tyrone face tough Roscommon test:

BBC Sport NI

Tyrone are likely to face

a tough task against Roscommon in Saturday's All-Ireland Under-21 Football semi-final at Markievicz Park in County Sligo.

Tyrone's Cathal McShane battles with Donegal's Eoin McHugh in the recent Ulster U21 final
Press Eye

Roscommon are aiming to secure their third All-Ireland Final spot in four years having lost the 2012 and 2014 finals against Dublin. Throw-in is at at 18:00,

UUP expects living wage pressure

Economics and business editor John Campbell

tweets that the UUP expect "significant trade union and community pressure" for a living wage in a reduced corporation tax environment.

UUP living wage expectations

Long delays due to overturned lorry:

BBC NI Travel

More on those delays on the M2 now from Greencastle leaving Belfast because of an overturned lorry blocking two lanes just before J4 at Sandyknowes.

Overturned van

Long tailbacks on the hill section

Lanes blocked by overturned van:

BBC NI Travel

An overturned van at Sandyknowes roundabout heading north is blocking all three lanes there.

OVerturned van Sandynose roundabout

Space station over Irish skies:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Barra best

tweets that the International Space station will be visible over Irish skies (weather permitting) at 21:01 tonight. The advice is to look south, it will be flying west to east.


Doctor accused of cheating taxman

A former leading specialist doctor cheated the public revenue

out of half-a-million pounds, a court heard today.


Francis Gerard D'Arcy, of Malone Road in south Belfast, used the bank accounts of four children to avoid tax.

Suspicious activity near railway line:


Police in Newry are investigating reports of suspicious activity in the area of the railway line and towpath between Newry and Poyntzpass in County Armagh.

Burglary in Limavady

Police in Limavady are investigating reports of a burglary at a charity shop on Main Street.

Limavady ATM robbery

The contents of an adjoining ATM have been stolen.

Man arrested in connection with race hate crime

A 22 year-old man has been charged with common assault in connection with a race hate crime that occurred in Belfast city centre earlier today.

He is due to appear before Belfast Magistrates' court on 15 May.

Man charged with Karen Buckley murder:

Lisa McAlister


A 21 year-old man has appeared in court

charged with murdering Cork student Karen Buckley whose body was found on farmland on the outskirts of Glasgow yesterday.

Karen Buckley
REX Shutterstock

Man rescued from the Foyle:

A man has been rescued from the River Foyle after falling from the Peace Bridge this afternoon.

Aerial shot of Derry's 'peace bridge'

He's been taken to Altnagelvin hospital. His condition isn't known at this stage.

On call and on Twitter:

The PSNI are

live-tweeting its activity today as part of a 24-hour insight into local policing.

PSNI Tweets
PSNI Twitter

Among the tweets about investigating wrongdoing and catching criminals, there have been some insights into the daily life of officers.

Collision causes Tyrone delays:


tweets: In Tyrone, there's a crash on A4 Edfield Way, Fivemiletown.

Trafficwatch update 17 April 2015

Gorse fire near Plumbridge:

PSNI Strabane


PSNI Strabane

Mugger to victim: 'I'm Simple Minds singer':

A Scotsman who

told his mugging victim that he was the frontman of Simple Minds before hitting him with a wine bottle has been jailed for two years in Dublin.

Dublin court

William Dunne admitted the robbery that took place last year.

Ireland claim hockey win:

BBC Sport NI

Nicola Daly's second-half goal earned Ireland a 1-0 win at Mossley in the opening match of their three-test series against Italy.

Nicola Daly
Press Eye

Meat cleaver robbery

A man armed with a meat cleaver robbed a bookmakers on North Street in Lurgan, County Armagh at around 21:20 last night. The man who was captured on CCTV made off with a sum of cash.

The man is approximately 5' 10" tall and was wearing tracksuit bottoms and a green hoodie, tied at the neck and covering most of his face.

Men 'left crash scene':

Police say that

two men left the scene of a two-car crash near Palace Barracks in Holywood. Officers are searching the area.

Old Holywood Road crash

Another man has been taken to hospital. The Old Holywood Road is closed.

Missing woman found:

Police say that Linda Maton, a woman who was reported missing in the Coleraine area, has been located.

Missing woman

NI Tories 'not blow-ins':

Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers

dismisses criticism that Conservative Party candidates in NI are "blow-ins".

Conservative manifesto

She spoke at the launch of the 20-page NI Conservative election manifesto earlier today.

Old Holywood Road closed:

Police say the Old Holywood Road in Holywood is closed because of a crash close to Palace Barracks.

New laws for car seats:

The Assembly approves a new law that

aims to make child car seats safer.

baby in car seat

A new system of child car seats will allow them to be secured without using an adult belt. The Department of Environment says it expects old car seats to be phased out by 2018.

Fantasy government:

The General Election is looking certain to be extremely tight - but how would you form a government if there's no majority?

Coalition builder
Ciaran McCauley

Our colleagues have developed a game that allows you to play a quick game of fantasy government - it randomly generates an election result and ask you to form a coalition to get the 326-seat majority needed in Westminster.

Hoey makes the weekend in China:

BBC Sport NI

Michael Hoey will make the cut at the Shenzhen International in China

after a second-round 71 left him 10 behind leader American Peter Uihlein.

Michael Hoey has won five times on the European Tour
Getty Images

Hoey was in danger of missing the cut after his opening 74 but his one-under-par round on Friday left him sharing 50th place nearing the end of play.

Security alert hoax:


A security alert at Windsor Drive, South Belfast, has ended. A controlled explosion was carried out by bomb disposal officers on an object that has since been declared to be a hoax.

Crash on Old Holywood Road:

There has been a road traffic accident on the Old Holywood Road in County Down just past Palace Barracks, where a car is on its roof.

Old Holywood Road crash

UUP's Westminster priorities:

Chris Page

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

Political correspondent Chris Page

tweets that the UUP's priorities for a hung parliament negotiations include mental health provision, a VAT cut for hospitality and aspects of the construction industry.

Mike Nesbitt Hung Parliament