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  1. Updates for Tuesday 28 April 2015
  2. Londonderry explosion caught on CCTV
  3. Victims demand Kincora abuse home is demolished
  4. Windsor west stand demolition begins

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By Conor Macauley and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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Cold snap makes for snowy scene

It was cold out today, but it made for some lovely shots, like here in the Mournes.


That's it from us for now. We'll be back from 7am. Goodnight.

More showers to come:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

There are more showers on the way tonight and tomorrow morning. You can see the

full overnight forecast online.

Wednesday weather

Fund for Nepal:

Belfast Cathedral's Black Santa Fund has raised £6,000 for relief work in Nepal following the earthquake there.

Nepal Black Santa fund

The Dean of Belfast, John Mann, said the amount might seem like a "drop in the ocean" compared to the scale of the disaster but is "symbolic of our concern".

Man admits aircraft charge:

A man has admitted endangering the safety of an aircraft in Belfast.

Laganside Courthouse Belfast

Philip Bell, 20, on Inniscarn Drive, Newtownabbey, pleaded guilty at Belfast Magistrates' Court to an act involving shining a light at an aircraft. He'll be sentenced next month.

Man downloaded over 1m abuse images:

News Letter

The News Letter reports that a County Down man faces "an inevitable" jail term for downloading more than one million images of children being abused.

World Matchplay tomorrow:

BBC Sport NI

Rory McIlroy will face three US opponents in the

World Golf Championships Matchplay which starts tomorrow.

Rory McIlroy
Getty Images

Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry have been drawn together in the same group, alongside Rickie Fowler and Harris English.

Crash cleared:

BBC NI Travel

In Newtownards, the crash on the Craigantlet Road at its junction with the Holywood Road has been cleared.

Delays near Newtownards:


Police say there's delays at Craigantlet Road near Newtownards at the junction with Holywood Road after a minor crash.

Titanic reunion:

Did you used to work in Harland & Wolff's drawing offices and headquarters? Or have a family member who did? The Titanic Foundation

wants to hear from you.


The foundation is holding a reunion event next Monday afternoon.

Lamb-oraks on:

We've all needed our coats for the recent rainy weather, but even the lambs near Draperstown have been going to extreme lengths to stay dry.

Tam Kennedy

Thanks to

Tam Kennedy for the pic.

Assisted suicide accused not guilty:

A woman charged with attempting to assist the suicide of a friend has been

found not guilty by a court in the Republic of Ireland.

Gail O'Rorke

Gail O'Rorke, 43 from Dublin, denied helping Bernadette Forde commit suicide in June 2011.

Belfast fire damage:

We've received more pictures of the flat in east Belfast that was

damaged in a fire this morning.

Flat blaze

Three people escaped from the blaze in Knocknagoney before it caused extensive damage to the property.

Lisburn road reopened:

BBC NI Travel

In Lisburn, the electricity pole on the Hillhall Road has been cleared and the road fully reopened.

Windsor could have been 'worse':

Gareth Gordon

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

Sports minister Carál Ní Chuilín says authorities could have been dealing with a "worse situation" at Windsor Park than having to

demolish the West Stand.

Carál Ní Chuilín

She told the assembly she's thankful no-one was injured and that she expects to receive a timetable on the stand's demolition and reconstruction next week.

Karen Buckley funeral:

The funeral of

murdered Irish student Karen Buckley has taken place in County Cork.

Karen Buckley funeral

Windsor Kop's end:

It's witnessed some of Northern Ireland and Linfield's finest days but Windsor Park's West Stand is coming down -

demolition work on the Kop end started today.

Windsor Park's West Stand

England squad announced:

BBC Sport NI

England have announced that James Taylor will

captain the side in their one-day cricket international against Ireland on 8 May.

James Taylor
Getty Images

Social worker acquitted

A social worker was acquitted of downloading indecent images of children after the prosecution offered no evidence against him.

Downpatrick courthouse

The prosecution told Downpatrick Crown Court the decision not to prosecute 33-year-old Michael Whitla was taken after a defence expert had provided a report "challenging the categorisation and ages" of those in the images.

Derry bomb cordon lifted

BBC Radio Foyle's Eve Blair

tweets: Cordon has just been lifted in Crawford Square. Residents now allowed back into their homes

Street reopened

Bombers condemned

UUP candidate for the Foyle Constituency, Julia Kee says that those responsible for last night's

bomb explosion in the Crawford Square area of Londonderry are out of touch with the wishes of local people.

Crawford Square alert

She said: "The people of Londonderry do not want or need this. They want to focus on education, employment, jobs, investment, housing and healthcare. They want a better life for themselves, their families and their communities."

Pledge plea:

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

Environmental campaigners asked Westminster candidates in Fermanagh and South Tyrone to sign a pledge at a hustings event last night, promising to work for a review of the health evidence by the Northern Ireland Chief Medical Officer before any licence for hydraulic fracturing is issued.


You can watch

video footage of the candidates being asked to pledge on YouTube

'Huge disruption':

The Probation Board says a

bomb left near its offices in Londonderry put members of the public at risk and "caused huge disruption" in the area.

Derry bomb

In a statement, it says: "We appreciate the messages of support from partners, politicians and local groups which we are extremely grateful for and we can reassure the public we will continue to work to make local communities safer."

Sunshine and showers:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

It's been a wintry start to the day with rain, sleet and snow falling in places.

You can watch the latest weather forecast here.

Afternoon weather 28 April 2015

It will be driest in the east but there could be heavy rain in places tonight. It's a similar picture for tomorrow but by the middle of the afternoon, temperatures could reach 10C or 11C.

Arctic April:

It may be late April but there's been plenty of snow about as your pictures show.

Snow pics

Clockwise from top left we have Rathsherry Farm in County Antrim, County Fermanagh, Glenballyeamon and Feystown - thanks to Thomas Gibson, Elizabeth Bradley, Sean Paul McKillop and Jason McKillion. Keep them coming to


Crumbling rock at Mac entrance:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that stonework at the entrance of the arts venue The Mac has begun to crumble just three years after its opening.

Rubble at the Mac
The Belfast Telegraph

Large chunks of basalt stone tiles have fallen from the exterior of the £18m arts venue, situated in Belfast city's Cathedral Quarter.

All-Ireland winners:

BBC Sport NI

Methodist College Belfast's Under-14 boys hockey team have

won the John Waring All-Ireland Trophy - a first for the school since the trophy's inception in 2009.

Methody hockey players

The cup-winners and runners-up from the four Irish provinces compete for the title.

Kincora demolition demands

Louise Cullen


Survivors of sex abuse at Kincora children's home in east Belfast

have called for the building to be demolished.

Protestors are Kincora

Gary Hoy, who lived in Kincora, said the memories would always be there but he would like to see the building gone.

Windsor Park demolition begins:

BBC Sport NI

Demolition work has started on the damaged west stand at Windsor Park. There'll be more on this story on BBC Newsline at 13:30 on BBC One NI.

Windsor Park demolition

Join debate audience:

Are you an undecided voter? See if the party leaders can swing your vote.... Apply to be in the audience of the BBC's NI Leaders' Debate on 5 May by emailing

Polling station
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NI 'wasting time' on corporation tax

Business correspondent Julian O'Neill

tweets that Eamonn Donaghy, head of tax at KPMG, says that Northern Ireland is "wasting very precious advertising time" by not having set a rate and date for lower corporation tax.

Julian O'Neill

Sun, sleet, rain:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

This afternoon there'll be scattered sharp showers with a risk of hail, thunder and sleet especially in the west - nicer in the sunny gaps.

Tuesday weather

Heavy rain will move east this evening with possibly thunder and squally winds. Overnight there's a risk of ice.

Same-sex marriage referendum:

Martin McGuinness tells BBC Talkback that he's up for a referendum on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland and believes people would "overwhelmingly" vote for it.



voted against a motion for same-sex marriage yesterday. The Republic of Ireland will hold a referendum on the issue on 22 May.

Fire victim named locally:

The man who

died in a fire in Londonderry yesterday has been named locally as Colm Doherty, 27.

Derry fire

Snow on the hills:

The April weather has taken a turn for the bizarre over the last couple of days - here's a photo from Starbog Road in Kilwaughter taken by Debbie Gorman Bates at 08:00 this morning.

Antrim Hills
Debbie Gorman Bates

Kincora protest:

Louise Cullen


Survivors of abuse at Kincora children's home in east Belfast call for the building to be demolished.


Clint Massey says demolishing the building would bring a kind of closure to victims like him. Margaret McGuckian, of

SAVIA, says they hope to being speaking to the building's owners about the next step.

End of the dance for Flatley:

The man behind Riverdance - the Lord of the Dance himself - Michael Flatley is set to retire.

Michael Flatley

He's preparing for his final UK appearance and told BBC Breakfast why he decided it was time to

hang up the dancing shoes.

Ulster Bank boss leaving:

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

Jim Brown, the chief executive of Ulster Bank, is leaving the role in what is the

second major change at the top of the organisation in recent weeks.

Jim Brown

He will remain in the job until a successor is appointed.

Robinson: £1m difference between parties' plans

The DUP leader, Peter Robinson, has said again his party could work with

the Conservatives or Labour in a hung parliament. He said the DUP had a good relationship working with both parties.

Peter Robinson
Getty Images

Mr Robinson said there was £1m difference on the impact of their planned spending for Northern Ireland.