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  1. Updates for Wednesday 13 April 2016
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  3. Image: Castleward, County Down (by Daryl Young)

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That's it for another day on BBC News NI Live. We're back in the morning at 07:00 for the latest news, weather and updates. Do join us then.

Katie Taylor - on the road to Rio?

Reigning Olympic boxing champion Katie Taylor scored a comfortable victory against Denmark's Yvonne Rasmussen this afternoon in the quarter-finals of the European Olympic qualifying tournament.

Katie Taylor

She may have won gold in London four years ago but still needs to reach the final in Turkey this week to book her place to Brazil. She is now one more win away. 

Tonight's line-up for The View

World War One trenches plan

A community group in Portadown is organising a commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme on 9 July.

Imperial War Museum

The open air event will include the reconstruction of a full-size World War One camp complete with trench systems.

'Bitten off thumb' to be incinerated

Part of a man's thumb which was allegedly bitten off during a confrontation is to be incinerated, the High Court has heard.

Laganside Courts

It is understood the thumb was partially severed at a house in east Belfast on 7 April. It cannot be reattached. Details emerged during a bail application for Curtis Morrow, 24, of McAllister Court, Belfast, who faces charges of grievous bodily harm and assault. The application was adjourned.

Who was Denis Donaldson?

The family of ex-Sinn Féin official and republican informer Denis Donaldson have started fresh legal action after his inquest was adjourned for the 19th time. Find out more about him here.

Denis Donaldson
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Please, ma'm, it's about the 'six counties

A primary school pupil from Dublin who wrote to the Queen requesting that she "hand back" Northern Ireland to the Republic has received a reply from Buckingham Palace.  


Reese Kilbride, 12, wrote after studying about the 1916 Easter Rising at school. The reply, written by a palace official, said: "This is not a matter in which Her Majesty would intervene".

Man admits £11,000 theft during Ulster Bank 'glitch'

A man who is a recovering alcoholic has been jailed for four months after he admitted stealing £11,000 from a faulty Ulster Bank cash machine and blowing the money on drink.

Ulster Bank

A judge told Peter Anthony Young, 58, of Hunter's Way, Ardglass, County Down, that he had "deliberately taken advantage '' of the major glitch in the bank's system almost four years ago.

Killer back in prison for assaulting new partner

A man convicted of killing his wife has been given another custodial sentence after assaulting his partner while on a pre-release scheme from prison.

The victim was assaulted by 52-year-old Trevor McCandless at a shop in Cookstown on 8 January. Dungannon Magistrates Court heard that she was aware of his previous murder conviction when she entered into a relationship with him. McCandless was jailed for two months.

Evening Extra on homecare providers' concerns

BBC steps up hunt for new Belfast headquarters

The BBC has instructed an agent to step up the hunt for its new headquarters in Belfast, as developers look to woo the 100,000 sq ft plus office requirement, CoStar News can reveal.

Broadcasting House, Belfast

Lambert Smith Hampton has been tasked by BBC Northern Ireland with finding sites. According to market sources, the Sirocco site in east Belfast and the site off Royal Avenue, close to the new Ulster University campus, feature prominently in early discussions.

Five men arrested in West Belfast

 Five men have been arrested overnight in west Belfast.  


Three were seen acting suspiciously at Finaghy Road North and were arrested on suspicion of interfering with cars. 

An hour later, at Riverdale, following reports of a burglary, two men were arrested in a shed.

Thank you very much, Constable Millar

 A US couple has praised the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) for finding their seven-year-old son after he went missing during a visit to Titanic Belfast.  


They said they spoke to police within 15 minutes of last seeing their son and they found the boy "a mile away from the museum".

Denis Donaldson: Family to take legal action

The family of Sinn Féin official and republican informer Denis Donaldson is to take legal action against a range of official organisations and individuals in the Republic of Ireland including the Garda commissioner, attorney general and Irish justice minister over how his case has been handled. 

Denis Donaldson

His inquest was adjourned for the 19th time in Letterkenny, County Donegal, today. Denis Donaldson was shot dead in April 2006, months after being exposed as an agent who had worked for the police and MI5 for 20 years.His murder was claimed by the Real IRA.

Video: How life has changed for one young girl

Francis Rowntree: Retired colonel expresses regret

The retired lieutenant colonel who was in charge of the unit that fired a rubber bullet at 11-year-old Francis Rowntree in west Belfast in 1972 has told the family that he regrets what happened.

Francis Rowntree
Coroner's Office

At the inquest today, Trevor Veitch said: "It's extremely sad what happened and clearly I regret it. I regret it's taken 44 years for the family to get the information they were seeking."

Police break into car to save dog

Police broke into a parked car at Station Road in Moneymore last year to save a dog which was in the boot. 

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Weather: Expect some showers later today

Mother of legal highs victim speaks out

The mother of a teenager who died after taking so-called legal highs says she's concerned that proposed legislation doesn't go far enough. Adele Wallace's son, Adam, was found dead in an estate in Newtownards. 

Adele Wallace

Ms Wallace told the BBC she has "major concerns" because a ban on the drugs in the Republic of Ireland "hasn't been working." She added that her son's death had been "a parent's worst nightmare".

Tesco 'back in the black'

Rioter 'had drunk 40 bottles of cider'

A man who said he could not really remember rioting in north Belfast on 13 July last year, after he had drunk 40 bottles of cider, has been given an 18-month sentence at Belfast Crown Court.

North Belfast

Scott Cross, 19, from Rutherglen Street, Belfast, admitted rioting at a flashpoint in the Woodvale/Twaddell area. A prosecutor said he was captured on CCTV throwing about 18 missiles from his jacket pocket. He'll spend half his sentence in custody and the rest on licence. 

Woman denies banner theft

The banner, valued at £60, was stolen from Moneyslane Flute Band. 

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Portadown to appeal £10,000 fine

Portadown football club are to appeal a £10,000 fine and signing ban after it was found guilty of making undisclosed payments to players. 

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The club are placed ninth in the Premiership, just five points above basement side Warrenpoint Town and four points ahead of Carrick Rangers, who are in the relegation play-off spot.

Milk management

Woman admits killing pensioner Samuel Carson

A woman has admitted killing 91-year-old Samuel Carson who died following a fire at his home at Thorndale Park, Carryduff, in September 2014.

Thorndale Park

Karen Hasson (58), of Thorndale Park, Carryduff, pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Downpatrick Crown Court on Wednesday.She was released on continuing bail.

Brakes put on 'older teachers scheme'

A scheme to replace up to 500 older teachers with newly qualified teachers will not go ahead before the assembly elections next month.


It will then be up to a new education minister to decide if the Investing in the Teaching Workforce programme should proceed. Unions are concerned that it could be abandoned.

"Higgins won the nation's heart"

Barry Hearn has picked Alex Higgin's "emotional" 1982 World Snooker Championship win as his favourite Crucible moment. Hearn says Higgin's "captured the heart of the nation". 

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Coming up on BBC Newsline this lunchtime

Large animal rescue

Firefighters from the Specialist Large Animal Rescue Team in Omagh helped to pull cattle from from a slurry tank in Ballymoney yesterday. 

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The tank was tested for dangerous slurry gases before the team entered the risk area. 

Minister pledges to regulate MMA after fighter's death

Irish Sports Minister Michael Ring has pledged to regulate Mixed Martial Arts in Ireland, following the death of Joao Carvalho in Dublin on Monday night.

Joao Carvalho

He was taken to hospital after being beaten in a fight at the National Stadium in Dublin. The 28-year-old underwent emergency brain surgery and was in a critical condition for 48 hours before he died.

Ulster flanker omitted from Ireland pre-South Africa tour camp

Chris Henry's hopes of being involved in Ireland's summer tour of South Africa appear to have suffered a blow after he was left out of a one-day camp due to take place this weekend.  

Chris Henry

He didn't feature in this year's Six Nations and is not among the 44 players who will meet up. Tommy Bowe is missing as he continues his comeback after a knee serious injury, but Stuart Olding is included.

PSNI warns over FIFA letter scam

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin issues a warning over FIFA Euromillions Lottery scam letter.

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Public vs Private

Would you want to know? Listen back to The Stephen Nolan Show on audioboom. 

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Man questioned over shooting freed on bail

A 42-year-old man arrested in Craigavon yesterday after the attempted murder of a man in west Belfast in November has been released on bail. 


The victim, who's 41, was shot in the head as he sat in a car with his partner in Rosnareen Avenue. He's still in hospital and his injuries are described as life changing. 

Talkback on elections from Foyle

Prepping for Talkback on elections from Foyle

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Scholarships offer for new students

An All-Ireland scholarships scheme for students in Northern Ireland is open for applications.


The financial support, funded by businessman JP McManus, is for top-performing students from low income households and is worth £5,500 a year. More details here.

What are the issues in May's election?

A brief look at where the parties stand on some of the key issues. 

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