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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 4 April 2016
  2. Investigation after woman's death in Lurgan
  3. Peru drug smuggler tells of 'moment of madness'
  4. Picture: Murlough Bay, County Antrim (by Jenny Ebbage)

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By Fiona Murray and Ross McKee

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

That's all from BBC News NI's Local Live service today.  

Daffodils in Roe Valley
Rachel Cassidy

We'll be back from 7am tomorrow with more news, sport and weather but until then you can keep up to date with BBC News NI on Twitter.

Murder inquiry launched after body found in Lurgan

Police have begun a murder investigation after the body of Laura Marshall, 31, was discovered in Lurgan on Sunday.

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Gang with Irish links jailed for £57m art and rhino horn thefts

Seven members of an organised crime gang with links to the Republic of Ireland have been jailed in England for their roles in stealing artefacts worth up to £57m from museums and an auction house.  

Stolen artefacts
Fitzwilliam Museum

The gang have been dubbed the Rathkeale Rovers because of their links to the County Limerick town. The items stolen in England in 2012 included Chinese jade and rhino horn.

Dublin's Port Tunnel closed after 'incident'

Rush-hour traffic delays in east Belfast

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Driver dies after Lisburn crash

A man in his 60s has died after a crash in Lisburn, County Antrim.

Police accident sign
BBC

He was the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the collision at the junction of Belfast Road and Wallace Avenue at about 3pm.  The junction is cordoned off and diversions are in place. 

After a day of rain, Tuesday's weather should be an improvement

Man, 20, charged over 'hit-and-run' crash in which child was hurt

Abortion pills prosecution 'medieval' says Alliance MLA

Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn reacts on Twitter after a woman who bought drugs on the internet to induce a miscarriage was given a suspended prison sentence.

Trevor Lunn
BBC

Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland unless a woman's life or health is seriously at risk and the woman, who was 19 at the time, was unable to raise enough money to travel to England for a termination.  Mr Lunn tweeted that such treatment of women is "medieval and embarrassing".

Get your fingers tapping with iWonder's country music guide

From Cork to Conlig the popularity of country music is on the march across the island of Ireland.

Keepin Er' Country
BBC

You can find out why it is proving so popular in this BBC iWonder guide and learn the science behind the stetsons.

Fire at east Belfast flat under investigation

Six fire engines have been involved in fighting a fire at a second-floor flat in east Belfast. No-one was inside when the blaze was reported at about 2.15pm, but a man in a neighbouring flat was alerted by a smoke alarm.

Fire crews outside the flat on Albertbridge Road
BBC

Buses were diverted for a short time until the fire was extinguished. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. 

Woman found dead in Lurgan named locally as Laura Marshall

Driver who rammed police vehicle during car chase is jailed

A banned driver who caused £13,000 worth of damage to two police vehicles during a stolen car chase in west Belfast has been jailed for 18 months.  

Laganside court complex, Belfast
BBC

Paul Liam Valliday, from John Blacking House in Belfast, was already disqualified from driving when he repeatedly rammed one of the police vehicles on Divis Street in June 2014.  He was convicted of nine charges including aggravated vehicle taking causing damage and carrying an imitation firearm in public. 

March was a drier and sunnier month in NI than average

Armagh Observatory reports that March 2016 was slightly drier, milder and sunnier than average.

Armagh Observatory
BBC

It said there were more than a dozen days with little or no rain at all in Northern Ireland last month.

£2m donation for visitor facilities at Hillsborough Castle

A charitable trust has donated £2m towards improving public visitor facilities at Hillsborough Castle in County Down - the Queen's official residence in Northern Ireland.   

Hillsborough Castle
BBC

The donation was made by the Garfield Weston Foundation, and a new welcome centre on the 100-acre estate will be named after the Weston family, in recognition of their financial contribution to the project.

Call for Irish police to co-operate with NI inquiry 10 years after murder

Neighbour rescues woman from house fire

Police close road after two-vehicle crash in Lisburn

Update: Royal Mail alert ends as white powder found to be 'harmless'

An alert that began after white powder leaked from a package at the Northern Ireland Mail Centre in Mallusk, County Antrim, has ended.

Mail Centre, Mallusk
BBC

Firefighters and police were called to the scene on Monday morning but after examining the substance, it has been declared "harmless".  A Royal Mail spokesperson said: "The building was not evacuated and there is no impact on our collection and sorting operations."

Buses diverted due to fire in east Belfast

Paint attack on memorial to IRA bomb victims

Suspended term for woman who bought drugs online to induce miscarriage

A 21-year-old Northern Ireland woman who bought drugs on the internet to induce a miscarriage after failing to raise enough money to travel to England for a termination has been given a three-month prison sentence suspended for two years. 

Belfast Crown Court
BBC

The woman who cannot be named due to a court order, bought two types of drugs online, took them and then miscarried on 12 July, 2014. The male foetus, which was between 10 and 12 weeks, was later found in the bin of a house she shared with two other people. 

Mossack Fonseca leaked papers 'show link to Anglo Irish Bank'

Search for missing Irish soldier

Police and army officers have joined volunteers in Galway in the Republic of Ireland in the search for a missing soldier.  

Appeal about Ben Garrett
Irish Defence Forces

Ben Garrett, 21, who is originally from Castlebar, County Mayo, was last seen leaving a nightclub at Eglinton Street in the city on Thursday night.  

Belfast woman's bid to trace relatives of WW2 soldier

A Belfast woman is on a mission to trace the relatives of a soldier who died in World War Two, after she found a photo of him in a charity bookshop.  

Arthur Brown
Sarah McCann

Sarah McCann found the photo of Arthur Brown a couple of years ago as she worked in the Belfast city centre shop.  

Can the washing wait until tomorrow?

Neighbour rescues woman from Richhill fire

Lane blocked after Westlink crash

George Best notes stolen in Drumahoe robbery

A number of George Best commemorative banknotes have been stolen in a robbery in Drumahoe, County Londonderry.  

George Best bank notes
Ulster Bank

Flog It! Valuation day at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Elderly couple robbed in Lisburn

Cash and a cheque book have been stolen from an elderly couple during a distraction burglary at their home in Lisburn, County Antrim.

PSNI crest
BBC

An intruder ransacked their property in the Ballymacash Road area yesterday afternoon after they were distracted by a man wanting to demonstrate gardening work.

Boy, 10, charged with assaulting his mother and police

Constable Ronan Kerr's family mark 5th anniversary of murder

Treadmills damaged in arson attack

Children 'abused at state-run hospital' inquiry is told

A child abuse inquiry has heard claims that children in psychiatric care were sexually and physically abused at a state-run hospital in Lisburn, County Antrim.

Lissue Hospital sign
BBC

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry was told that the alleged abuse was carried out by some staff and patients at the psychiatric unit in Lissue Hospital, which opened in 1971.

Part of sorting office evacuated

Part of a Royal Mail sorting office in Mallusk, County Antrim, has been evacuated after white powder was discovered in a package.

Mallusk sorting office
BBC

Firefighters have been called to the scene of the alert, which was reported to police just after 11:30.

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Arlene Arkinson inquest adjourned again

Lurgan woman's death 'a complete shock'

The news of a 31-year-old woman's death in Lurgan, County Armagh, has come as a "complete shock" to the community, Ulster Unionist councillor Colin McCusker has said.

Block of flats where woman's body was found
Pacemaker

"It is very sad that someone so young has lost her life," he added. "I would like to pass on my deepest sympathies to her family and friends."