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  1. Updates for Thursday 23 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 07:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

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Ciaran McCauley


That's us folks - we'll be back with BBC News NI Live tomorrow morning from 07:00.

We'll have plenty more updates but, according to the weather forecast, no more sunny days for the weekend. Hopefully our summer isn't over before it even begun.

Goodbye sun:

Geoff Maskell

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Bad news folks - you may put the sun cream away and the tops back on, as the sunny weather comes to an end tomorrow.

Geoff Maskell

It'll be cloudy with rain as the day progresses.

Cannabis seized:

Police say that cannabis resin worth around £400,00 has been found in a search in Camlough.

Three men, aged 35, 51 and 62, have been arrested. A man in Birmingham has also been arrested as part of the investigation.

Ambulance strike cover:

Kevin McAdam from Unite says the union was "not happy" with how the ambulance service dealt with a

strike on 13 March but will work with them to make sure there is cover when their
200 members strike again on 6 May.

Kevin McAdam

He said: "If they want us to work with them then they need to engage with us, genuinely engage with us."

Time capsule opened:

Keiron Tourish


An 175-year-old time capsule found in Londonderry

two weeks ago has been opened.

Time capsule

The capsule contained a glass bottle, with a number of coins and a soaked roll of paper inside. The paper was too wet to be removed, so will have to be dried out before we find out what it says.

Executive bid for flats:

Newtownabbey Times


Newtownabbey Times reports that the Housing Executive is bidding to take ownership of a derelict block of flats in the Rathcoole estate.

Praise for Pete:

BBC Sport NI

Ryan McCluskey praises the

influence of Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath ahead of their Division Three final against Armagh on Saturday.

Ryan McCluskey

He said the Erne County will have to be at their best to triumph in Croke Park.

Broken traffic lights:

BBC NI Travel

Reports are coming in of faulty traffic lights on Wellington Place and Queen's Street in Belfast city centre.

Uncertain future for training college:

PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris has told Stormont's justice committee that he can't be sure Desertcreat training college will be built.

Drew Harris

The future of the college is uncertain as a

new business case is to be drawn up this year. DCC Harris said: "I can't definitely say if this is going ahead or not."

Hebdo conference back on?

Mark Simpson



cancelled Queen's University conference on the fallout from the
Charlie Hebdo murders may now go ahead.

Queens University

Queen's have decided to carry out a risk assessment "in line with due process" and will then decided on whether the symposium will take place in June.

Cannabis trafficking:

The High Court has heard that

£15m worth of cannabis has been sent here as part of an international drug trafficking operation.


Packages were sent to multiple properties allegedly rented out as part of a racket linked to a growing factory uncovered in Italy, prosecutors said.

Fire death more:

Ciara Riddell


A fire official has confirmed that the victim of a fatal fire in north Belfast was an elderly woman.

Her body was found on the ground floor of the badly damaged house. Neighbours say she lived here all her life and tried "valiantly" to save her.

North Belfast fire:

Ciara Riddell


The scene of in north Belfast where a

body has been found after a fire.

Fire north Belfast

Unite's ambulance members:

Unite says that the union has 200 members who will take part in the

ambulance strike on 6 May. That's out 1,100 total ambulance workers.

Around 3,000 Translink workers will also take part in the strike, just over half of the company's total workforce.

McBride back for Derry:

BBC Sport NI

Derry City boss Peter Hutton is

hoping to close a five-point gap on Bohemians when the sides meet in the Brandywell tomorrow.

Ryan McBride

Ryan McBride returns from suspension but defenders Seamus Sharkey and Aaron Barry are considered doubtful.

Hottest day:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Official - it's the warmest day of the year across Ireland. 21C in Newport, County Mayo, and 20C in Castlederg, County Tyrone.

Hottest day

Desmond Boal dies:

Desmond Boal, a former Unionist MP at Stormont and barrister,

has died.

Desmond Boal

Mr Boal was a Unionist MP for the Shankill constituency in Belfast between 1960 and 1971. He went on to form the DUP with Ian Paisley but resigned from the party in 1974.

Tax fraud doctor:

A doctor considered a leading deafness specialist in the country has been given a two-year suspended sentence for

avoiding tax on almost £500,000 of earnings.

Laganside Courts

Francis Gerard D'Arcy, 73, of Malone Road in Belfast, has also been fined £230,000.

Body found after fire:

Police say a body has been found after a fire in a house on Rosapenna Parade in north Belfast.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has started.

Ulster unchanged:

BBC Sport NI


name an unchanged starting team for tomorrow night's important Pro12 clash with rivals Leinster.

Ulster Leinster

Coach Neil Doak is sticking with the same 15 that started for the victory away to Connacht two weeks ago.

Ambulance strike latest:

The union Unison says it is not intending to join a

24-hour strike by ambulance staff from the Unite union.


Newtownabbey gun find:

Police in Newtownabbey

tweet that what appears to be a gun has been recovered in the Doagh Road area.

PSNI Newtownabbey
PSNI Newtownabbey

14 Century coins found in field:

Four silver coins dating from the 14th Century that were

found on County Down farmland have been declared to be treasure at an inquest in Belfast.

The coins date back to the 14th century and are known as Scottish groats

The coins, known as Scottish groats, were discovered by keen metal detector Tom Crawford last January.

'No coroner' for Kingsmill inquest:

Senior coroner John Leckey says there's widespread disappointment that inquests, including into the Kingsmill massacre, will be delayed because his successor has not been appointed yet.

Mr Leckey is set to retire, leaving one coroner in the country. Earlier he said: "I feel for the bereaved families, not exclusively Kingsmill but for other inquests I am involved in."

Windsor Park damage:

Officials from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure have told a Stormont committee that excavation work for the Olympia leisure centre was

part of the "circumstances" that caused
damage to Windsor Park.

Windsor Park West Stand

The culture committee heard that "an unlikely set of circumstances came together" in the run-up to the damage.

Workers Party launch manifesto

The Workers Party has launched

its manifesto for the Westminster election online.

Workers Party manifesto

The manifesto, Standing Against Austerity, says the most damaging cuts to Northern Ireland's economy have been overseen by five executive parties.

Hoey off the pace:

BBC Sport NI

Michael Hoey lies well down the field in a tie for 102nd position on four over par after the first round of The China Open in Shanghai.

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

Hoey's disappointing round included a solitary birdie at the seventh hole and five bogeys. He lies eight shots off the lead.

Poster battle in South Belfast:

Stephen Walker

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

I've been

looking at a key battleground in the upcoming election - South Belfast.

South Belfast election

It's a keenly fought constituency and that battle is reflected on the area's lampposts, where it's difficult to find one without an election poster tied to it.

Londonderry roadworks:

Trafficwatch NI tweets that there's roadworks going on at Victoria Road in Derry every day between 09:30 to 15:30 until 4 May.

Trafficwatch NI

Unite ambulance workers strike:

Ambulance staff belonging to the Unite union announce they will

strike for 24 hours on 6 May.


About 250 staff out of the services' total workforce of 1,100 are members of Unite.

Clamping soars following scrapping of tax discs:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that the number of motorists in Northern Ireland having their cars clamped has accelerated dramatically since tax discs were scrapped.

Car with its wheel clamped

Last month, 221 local drivers were clamped, compared with only 136 a year ago, a rise of 63%.

Four changes for Leinster:

BBC Sport NI

While Ulster have

selected an unchanged side, Leinster will arrive at Kingspan Stadium tomorrow night with four changes in their lineup from
last weekend's Champions Cup defeat.

Gordon D'Arcy

Veteran centre Gordon D'Arcy replaces Ian Madigan while Zane Kirchner, Dominic Ryan and Richardt Strauss also come into the team.

Leisure centre build a factor in Windsor Park damage

Damage to the West Stand at Windsor Park was caused by circumstances including

building work at an adjacent leisure centre, a Stormont committee has heard.

A comparison of the cracks in the damaged West Stand at Windsor Park, compared to last week

Cracks were discovered last month, following Northern Ireland's game against Finland when 4,000 spectators filled the stand. The stand will be demolished.

Man beaten by masked gang

A 25-year-old man has been beaten by

a masked gang armed with baseball bats at a house in the Woodvale area of north Belfast.

The masked men forced their way into the house at Vara Drive at about 22:55 BST last night and assaulted the man.

Kingsmill inquiry delay:


inquest into the Kingsmills massacre has been delayed because no coroner will be available to hear it.

Kingsmill memorial

Northern Ireland's senior coroner John Leckey told a preliminary hearing that he is retiring later this year and no replacement has been appointed. Kingsmill is among dozens of inquests that will be held up as a result.

Public health warning on synthetic cannabis:

People across Northern Ireland have been experiencing unpleasant and potentially dangerous side effects after smoking synthetic cannabis, according to the Public Health Agency.

Pioneer TV

A number of people have been hospitalised. Symptoms include anxiety, panic and disorientation, breathing difficulties, collapsing and hallucination.

M2 crash:

BBC NI Travel

Collision on M2 heading north out of Belfast, blocking inside lane just before Greencastle.

Bank confirms pay delays:

Bank of Ireland confirms that some payments to customers have been delayed this week but that they will go through today.

Bank of Ireland

Dundela's famous cup final:

BBC Sport NI

Glentoran will play Portadown in the Irish Cup Final on 2 May. But today is the 60th anniversary of one of the greatest Irish Cup Final shocks in history as junior side Dundela defeated Glenavon at Windsor Park.

Dundela's 1955 Irish Cup final team
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

You can watch

some rare footage of Dundela's famous victory from 1955 here.