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  1. Updates for Wednesday 6 May 2015
  2. More updates from 22:00 on Thursday

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By Conor Macauley and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

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That's BBC News NI Live over for another day. Because of tomorrow's elections we won't be here until 22:00 on Thursday, when we'll have an election special live-page running through the night and into Friday.

Bobby Cunningham

We'll leave you with these scenic pics from Ballyhornan in County Down and a hat-tip to Bobby Cunningham for sending the images into us. As usual, you can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, sport, travel and weather on the

BBC News NI website.

Best weather of the week tomorrow:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

The recent unsettled weather has been due to a big area of low pressure sitting over us. It's beginning to push northwards, leaving behind much better weather conditions.

Evening weather 6 May 2015

It means that tomorrow will be the best day of the week, mainly dry with decent spells of sunshine in places.

You can watch the latest weather forecast here.

Trucks destroyed in suspected arson attack

Three vehicles used by Irish Water have been destroyed in

a suspected arson attack in the Republic of Ireland.


Damage estimated at €100,000 (£74,338) was caused in the blaze at a contractor's yard at Lacken Road, Waterford. The fire was started on Tuesday night.

Minister's Casement statement challenged:

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

A west Belfast residents group has challenged the Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín over her statement that she and her officials were unaware of safety concerns regarding the planned new Casement Park stadium until last week.

What the new Casement Park should look like

The residents say court documents show DCAL officials knew of safety concerns around the development.

North Belfast searches


Police arrested two men aged 31 and 49 earlier today after conducting a number searches in the Rosapenna area of north Belfast. Both men have since been released pending further investigation. Police say that a significant number of items were seized for further examination.

Road closed near Armagh

A temporary road closure is in place on the Ballybrannon Road in Armagh due to a crash that knocked over an electric pole.

Ballybrannon Road Armagh

Ink leak responsible for red river

Delta Packaging, based on the Blackstaff Road in Belfast, says that

an accidental ink leak from their factory is responsible for turning the Blackstaff River red.

Blackstaff River
David McElvanna

Director Neal McCone said: "It is an accidental discharge of one of our inks which is a water-based, food-safe ink so it poses no threat to the environment."

Church of Ireland bishop at Easter rising commemoration

A Church of Ireland bishop has praised the decision to invite her to

a 1916 Easter Rising commemoration in Dublin.

Bishop Pat Storey

Bishop Pat Storey said the invitation to a "female, northern Protestant to speak at a Catholic, republican commemoration" was "courageous and generous".

Snow Patrol song used to back marriage equality

Northern Irish band Snow Patrol have offered their hit song Just Say Yes as the official song for the Yes Equality campaign in the Republic of Ireland.

Just say yes

A marriage equality referendum takes place in the Republic of Ireland on 22 May.

Delays after M2 crash:

Trafficwatch NI

A crash on the M2 northbound just after the Templepatrick junction is on the hard shoulder but some delays remain in place in the area.

Jamie Bryson given suspended sentence

Union flag protestor Jamie Bryson has been given

a six-month suspended prison sentence for taking part in unlawful public processions.

Jamie Bryson

The 24-year-old was told by District Judge Fiona Bagnall that he deserved no credit for contesting charges of participating in demonstrations staged in Belfast.

BBC Sport NI coverage of the Championship:

BBC Sport NI

Donegal's Ulster Football opener with Tyrone on 17 May will start an

exciting summer of Championship action on BBC Northern Ireland.

BBC Championship coverage details

The Ballybofey battle will be one of five games live on BBC Two NI with two other ties having a deferred showing.

Red river pollution under investigation

The Department of Environment (DoE) says the NI Environment Agency (NIEA) is investigating the source of the pollution that turned the Blackstaff River in Belfast red.


The DOE said the NIEA emergency pollution hotline received a call at 11:15 this morning about it.

Cloudy Causeway

It may be cloudy and dull this afternoon but the views on the north coast remain spectacular.

You can watch today's weather forecast here.

Giant's Causway
Philip Allen

Thanks to Philip Allen for sending us a snap. You can send your pictures to us by emailing

River returning to normal

Rick Faragher


BBC News NI reporter Rick Faragher has just

tweeted that the bright redness has now gone from some parts of the Blackstaff River in Belfast but that it remains redder further up the river.

Blackstaff River collage

Local workers say the river has been this colour since mid-morning. We'll have more details on the reason for the colour change as we get them.

New chairperson of consumer council:

Carrick Times

The Carrick Times

reports that former Carrickfergus Town Clerk Sheila McClelland is the new chairperson of the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland.

Sheila McClelland
The Carrick Times

Increased police patrols:

Helen Jones


There will be more checkpoints and patrols in Northern Ireland in the next few days, police have said. You can

watch a report from BBC News NI reporter Helen Jones here.

Police checkpoint

The "high visibility operation" aims to counter a "severe" dissident republican threat, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.

Keeping up with the cricket:

BBC Sport NI

There will be live commentary from Malahide in Dublin of the One Day International cricket match between Ireland and England beginning at 10:30 on Friday on the

BBC Sport NI website.

Eoin Morgan and Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien in 2011

Manslaughter admission

A 42-year old man has admitted killing another man at a house in Co Down over two years ago. Paul Stephen Bustard, who has an address at Bush Park in Antrim, was initially charged with murder but has pleaded guilty of manslaughter.

Stephen Davidson

Stephen Davidson, 31, was stabbed and found in the living room of his home at Ballyholme Road Bangor in February 2013.

River runs red

Something's amiss in the Blackstaff river in south Belfast. We've asked some questions and we'll be posting updates as and when we get them.

Blackstaff River Belfast

Thanks to

@aarongk for providing the pics.

Wednesday's weather:

BBC News NI Weather

Here's how the rest of your day is shaping up:

6 May 2015 weather NI

Use of Tasers 'proportionate'

The Police Ombudsman says that

Tasers used in 10 incidents between July 2012 and June last year were lawful , proportionate and necessary.


All of the incidents involved the use of weapons by people who were either harming themselves or had attacked or threatened to assault police officers or others.

Jail threat to be lifted in Republic:

People in the Republic of Ireland who do not pay government bills, including water charges, will no longer face the risk of jail

under new plans.

Water charges

The Irish government is said to be in favour of taking the money straight from wages and social welfare payments as a last resort.

Barnes and Conlan to miss Baku games:

BBC Sport NI

Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan have decided to

miss the inaugural European Games in Baku after qualifying for the
Rio Olympics.

Michael Conlan Paddy Barnes

'World Cup places up for grabs':

BBC Sport NI

Ulster forward Iain Henderson says Ulster and Munster places

will be trying to "stake a claim" for World Cup places when the teams meet on Saturday.

Iain Henderson

Memorable campaign:

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

Legal threats over TV debates, pacts and even a ministerial resignation - this election campaign has felt disjointed but was certainly packed with incident.

House of Commons

In my

latest blog, I take a look back at the past weeks on the local election trail.

Pig farm concerns:

Newtownabbey Times

The Newtownabbey Times says that residents near the site of a proposed pig farm are opposing the development because of concerns over bad smells.

Pig farm

Parochial house robbed:

The PSNI has

tweeted that a parochial house in Meigh, County Armagh, was burgled yesterday. A laptop and computer accessories were taken.

Parochial House robbery

Used phones stolen:


Used phones worth thousands of pounds have been stolen from a business on Antrim Street in Lisburn.

The burglary happened at some stage between Sunday night and Monday morning - police are appealing in particular to taxi drivers or delivery drivers who would have been on the road during the early hours of the morning.

Hole-in-One Direction?

BBC Sport

One Direction star

Niall Horan will play alongside world number one Rory McIlroy at the BMW PGA Championship Pro-Am later this month.

Rory McIlroy with One Direction's Niall Horan at last month's Masters Par-three event

Horan, a 12-handicap player, carried McIlroy's bag at last month's Masters par-three competition in Augusta.

Man charged in relation to Nelson Cheung murder:

A 24-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of Nelson Cheung in Randalstown on 8 January has been charged with perverting the course of justice and possessing class B drugs.

Nelson Cheung, who owned a Chinese restaurant in Randalstown

He is expected to appear at Antrim Magistrates court on 2 June. He has been bailed pending further enquiries about an number of other offences.

Nelson Cheung, 65, died after his car was forced off the road near Randalstown.

Ronnie was Best:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph has

discovered that iconic Northern Ireland and Manchester United footballer George Best was originally called Ronald.

George Best

His birth certificate shows a disparity between the Christian names given when he was born, on May 22 1946 and the one he was later baptised with.

Property in north Belfast searched

A property in north Belfast was searched last night as part of the investigation into the murder of Gerard 'Jock' Davison.

Mr Davison, 47, was shot a number of times at Welsh Street in the Markets area at about 09:00 BST yesterday morning.

Gerard 'Jock' Davison

A 41-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder was detained in Belfast this morning and is being questioned at a police station in the city.

A blanket of cloud:

BBC News NI Weather

We're under there somewhere! Lots of cloud at 11:00 but the rain is gradually becoming more patchy. North west winds are freshening in North Channel.

Weather 6 May 2015

Church of Ireland split warning:

News Letter

The News Letter

reports that the Church of Ireland could face a split within five years as a row over gay marriage and homosexuality deepened.

St Patrick's Church of Ireland

A retired senior Church of Ireland figure warned believers that the Church of Ireland is too small to withstand a schism over the issue, and said he hopes such a split will be avoided.

Arrest over Jock Davison murder

The PSNI has

tweeted that detectives investigating the murder of Jock Davison have arrested a 41-year-old man in Belfast this morning.


Armed robbery in east Belfast:

Police are investigating an armed robbery at a shop in east Belfast last night.

Shortly before 22:40, two men, one carrying a knife, entered a shop on the Albertbridge Road and threatened staff, before stealing cigarettes and money.