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  1. Updates for Monday 25 April 2016
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Tuesday
  3. Picture: Fishing at Lough Erne, County Fermanagh (by Ryan O'Hanlon)

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And it's goodnight...

That's it for another day and it looks like we're set for another good evening - this lovely picture was sent in to us by Alistair Hamill who took it at the top of Slieve Bearnagh in the Mournes.

Sunset as seen from the top of Slieve Bearnagh in the Mourne mountains
Alistair Hamill

Be sure to join us tomorrow from 07:00 for more news, sport, traffic and travel and anything else we can squeeze in. Night for now!

April showers or sunny skies?

Wondering what weather we're due for the week ahead? Barra Best reveals all with a full forecast here.

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Woman in 90s robbed and hit with stick

A woman in her 90s has been hit on the head with a stick and had her handbag stolen at Aston Gardens in east Belfast.

An elderly woman's hand on a walking stick

Police said the woman was taken to hospital after the robbery this afternoon, and they have appealed for anyone who saw her attacker, described as being in his 60s and wearing a flat cap and raincoat, to contact them.  

New PSNI Assistant Chief Constable named

The PSNI has a new Assistant Chief Constable, with Alan Todd appointed to the role by the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd

The former chief superintendent, who has 24 years' experience in policing, could earn up to £109,000 a year.

Murdered soldier's widow challenges pension refusal

The widow of a murdered Ulster Defence Regiment soldier has accused the Ministry of Defence of "jumping on her husband's grave" after it refused to reinstate her pension.

Eileen Johnston

Eileen Johnston's first husband, Cpl David Graham, was murdered by the IRA in Coalisland, County Tyrone, in 1977, and Mrs Johnston lost her widow's pension when she remarried in 1985.

Allen rues poor start in defeat

Mark Allen said he as good as lost his World Championship second-round meeting with qualifier Kyren Wilson in a disastrous opening session at the Crucible in Sheffield.

Mark Allen plays a shot at the World Snooker Championship

"I set my season out to win the World Championship and I haven't done that, so it's a waste of a year, really," the County Antrim man says.

Belfast boy wins London Mini Marathon

"A lot of endurance and a lot of stamina"... those are the tips from the Belfast teenager who took first place in the London Mini Marathon yesterday.

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Wheelchair athlete Jack Agnew told Evening Extra he wasn't distracted by the city's sights as he won the under-17 boys' three-mile race.

Elderly man tied up in burglary

An 82-year-old man was taken to hospital after he was tied up in his home during a burglary in Ballymoney on Saturday night, police say.

A police car

Two men went into his house in Ballycormick Park at about 23:30, and after a short struggle with the man they took banks cards, CDs and other personal items. Police are appealing for witnesses.  

Pizza shop damaged in blaze

A pizza shop on Londonderry's Waterloo Street has been damaged in a fire.

Firefighters at Papa Busty's

The blaze at Papa Busty's on Waterloo Street was "well-developed" when firefighters arrived, and the first and second floors of the building were evacuated as the fire was put out.

Moira roundabout to be closed at night

We'll have a live page on the Belfast marathon - do join us

We are running a live page during the Belfast Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May.

Runners taking part in the Belfast Marathon

2016 marks the 35th marathon with 17,500 runners expected to take to the streets. They'll  start at City Hall and finish at Ormeau Park. Stay with us for updates throughout the day.

Coming up on Evening Extra

Evening Extra


We speak to the Belfast teenager who won yesterday's London Mini Marathon and there's more on the return of fantasy drama Game Of Thrones.

Competitors in the boys' wheetchair race at the start of The Mini London Marathon
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Join Conor Bradford now on BBC Radio Ulster.

Two arrests over £70,000 cash seizure

Two people have been arrested after police seized almost £70,000 in cash during a planned search in the Annadale area of Belfast. 

PSNI crest

A 45-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman are being questioned on suspicion of money laundering. 

Suits off, wellies on...

From dry stone walling in the Mourne Mountains, to looking at the devastating impact on some farmers of the poor market for potatoes, BBC One NI's Home Ground will cover it all and much more.

Home Ground presenters Gavin Andrews and Jo Scott

Presenters Jo Scott, Gavin Andrews and reporter Ruth Sanderson have been right across Northern Ireland, celebrating the richness of rural life for a new six-part series that begins on BBC One tonight at 19:30.

Man jailed over stamp attack

A man who stamped on another man's head leaving him in intensive care has been jailed for eight months. 

Londonderry Crown Court

Brendan Callan, 29, of Bond's Hill in Londonderry, appeared at the city's crown court. He admitted assaulting the man causing him actual bodily harm on 17 September 2014.  

Cold and colder across NI today

Stolen: Three diggers and a lorry

Commonwealth gold medallist O'Kane retires

Dungiven middleweight boxer Eamonn O'Kane has announced his retirement, ending a career that included a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2010.

Eamonn O'Kane during a fight

"After listening to my family and also my body, I have decided it's time I hang [the gloves] up," the 34-year-old (above, left) said.

Buncrana pier tragedy probe 'continuing'

Donegal County Council has gathered "some of the facts" surrounding the death of five members of the same family in a drowning tragedy at Buncrana pier last month, the Derry Journal reports.

The five victims of the drowning tragedy - Mark McGrotty, Evan McGrotty, Sean McGrotty, Ruth Daniels and Jodie Lee Daniels
McGrotty and Daniels families

In a statement to the newspaper, the council said it will begin a review of the 150 piers and harbours along its coastline.

Police inquiry over 'malicious' Sport NI texts

An investigation is under way after malicious text messages were sent to employees of Sport NI, police confirm.

Sport NI headquarters in south Belfast

The BBC understands that a complaint was made to the PSNI after two directors received the texts. The story was first reported in the Sunday World yesterday.

Allen out of World Snooker Championship

BBC Sport NI

County Antrim's Mark Allen is out of the World Snooker Championship. He lost 13-9 to Kyren Wilson at the Crucible in Sheffield.

Mark Allen

Second arrest over Gourley murder

Arrest in Gourley murder inquiry

A 45-year-old man has been arrested in Carrickfergus in connection with the murder of Mark Gourley seven years ago.

Mark Gourley

The 36-year-old was last seen in Burney's Lane in Glengormley, and his body has never been found. Police started a murder investigation in 2013.

Bridge damage forces road closure

Who's a clever boy?

BHS: 200 NI jobs at risk as company goes into administration

About 200 jobs are at risk in Northern Ireland as the department store chain BHS has gone into administration.


The company has four stores - in Belfast, Holywood, Newtownabbey and Lisburn. They will continue to trade for now, as the administrator tries to find a buyer.

BHS through the ages

Man set for trial on bird theft charge

An 80-year-old man is to go on trial at Londonderry Crown Court next month charged with stealing a bird.

A goldfinch

Lawrence Dickson, from Drumachose Park in Limavady, pleaded not guilty to a charge of stealing a mule cross goldfinch, valued at £20, in May last year.

He also denies causing criminal damage to the same bird and going equipped for a theft by carrying a screwdriver. He was released on bail.

Attempts to form a government continue

Here's a super-quick forecast with Barra

Cow rescued from slurry tank

Police warning after teen party

Call to arm Irish police with stun guns

 Irish police officers should be issued with stun guns, according to the Garda Representative Association (GRA), which represents rank and file officers.  


GRA president Dermot O'Brien said the force's unarmed status was enviable, but that society was becoming more dangerous.  

McIlroy says 'oui' to French Open and 'non' to WGC

Rory McIlroy will miss the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this summer after choosing to play in the 100th French Open at Le Golf National instead

Rory McIlroy plays at shot from a bunker at the 2016 Masters
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The two tournaments clash as a result of a reworking of the PGA Tour's 2016 calendar. McIlroy believes the course in Paris will better prepare him for The Open at Royal Troon in July.

Reports of crash between Randalstown and Toome

Just mind you don't slip on the banana

Listen: Belfast boy's on top of the world

Four-car collision: Moneynick Road closed

BHS 'will continue to trade'

Paint attack on Orange hall 'hate crime'

Paint has been thrown over the front of Clifton Street Orange Hall in north Belfast in an overnight attack, police have said.

Clifton Street

PSNI Insp David McBride said the attack was being treating as a hate crime. He has appealed for witnesses.