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  1. Updates for Friday 29 April 2016
  2. Picture: Evening sunshine at Dunseverick Harbour, County Antrim (by Eoin McConnell)
  3. Body of earthquake victim to return home
  4. 15 retiring MLAs in line for £500k grant
  5. Search of property over dead baby claim

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And that's goodnight from us...

Thanks to Dan McQuillan, who took this stunning shot looking towards the Mournes in County Down within the last hour. "The sun's cracking the stones at Tyrella and the rain's lashing down in Newcastle," he says. 

The Mourne mountains as seen from Tyrella beach
Dan McQuillan

That's all from us this week. We'll be back on Monday morning with live-page coverage of the Belfast Marathon. Enjoy your weekend!

Watcing out for the weekend's weather

BBC Weather

Looks like we're in for a reasonably decent start to the bank holiday weekend, with bright spells due between the odd shower tomorrow.

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Angie Phillips has the full forecast, so we can be well prepared for whatever the weekend has to throw at us.

Vroum Vroum Mag wins at Punchestown

BBC Sport NI

Vroum Vroum Mag proved a brilliant replacement for Annie Power as she won the Punchestown Champion Hurdle for trainer Willie Mullins on Friday.

Jockey Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins with Vroum Vroum Mag at Punchestown

Annie Power was unable to run after her Champion Hurdle win at Cheltenham.

Cloudy water 'not linked to oil well work'

Cloudy tap water in Carrickfergus is not connected to work by an oil company at the nearby Woodburn forest, according to Northern Ireland Water, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

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Some residents had complained about the issue and posted photographs on social media.

Coming up on Newsline

BBC Newsline

Be sure to join Donna Traynor for Newsline on BBC One now. Our top story tonight is campaigners' criticisim of the sentence given to a drunken driver who killed teenager Enda Dolan.

Runner in the Belfast Marathon

There'll also be news on a Tyrone man who admitted beating his children with a belt, and as 18,000 people prepare for Monday's Belfast Marathon, Mervyn Jess takes a look back at the history of the race.  

Rio-bound Mageean set for Belfast race

BBC Sport NI

Olympic Games-bound Ciara Mageean will return to the Mary Peters Track to race over 3,000m at the Belfast International meeting on 7 May.

Ciara Mageean

Meeting director Eamonn Christie, who coached the Portaferry athlete for several years, said: "The entries have been coming together really well and Ciara's confirmation is more great news."

Coleraine road cleared after collision

Coming up on Inside Politics

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BBC News NI Political Editor

David Ford

Justice Minister David Ford will join me on Inside Politics at 18:05 to discuss the treatment of victims by the justice system in light of the Enda Dolan case.

DUP duo's Coulter claim a 'desperate approach'

A DUP source says Mervyn Storey and Philip Logan, two of the party's election candidates, were "on a solo run" when they posed for a photograph with former Ulster Unionist MLA Robert Coulter and claimed his support.

Mervyn Storey and Philip Logan with Robert Coulter

The photograph should never have been released, the source says, and looked "a desperate approach" that was "probably unwise."

Pedestrian knocked down in Coleraine

Police oficers directing traffic

Police in Coleraine are advising motorists to avoid the Bushmills Road after a pedestrian was knocked down.

Mr Blue Sky under the weather

Heading down to Dublin for ELO's gig at the 3Arena tonight? Well, we're afraid you needn't bother because frontman Jeff Lynne has rung in sick.

ELO frontman Jeff Lynne performing on stage

The singer has apologised to fans, with a statement saying he was under doctor's advice.

Metro buses 'heavily delayed'

Coming up on Evening Extra

Evening Extra


Seamus McKee is bringing you a packed hour on the show this evening, with more on a Tyrone father's guilty plea in a child cruelty case, the anti-Semitism row within the Labour Party and Leicester City's Premier League title charge.

Waterfront Hall in Belfast

And as well as that, Mark Simpson has been for a look around the newly-opened extension to Belfast's Waterfront Hall.

Pair charged over Lurgan disorder

Two men, aged 30 and 53, have been charged with public order offences, including assault.


The charges are linked to rioting in Lurgan on 28 March, and the men will appear in court in Craigavon next month.

Primary school politicians on Evening Extra

Megan Mackay has been speaking to school kids who have some advice for the politicians vying for votes in Thursday's assembly election.

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Signal problems cause train delays

Pair treated after arson attack

A man and a woman in their 50s have been treated for smoke inhalation after an arson attack in Belfast this morning.

A damaged car at the scene of the arson attack

Two cars were set on fire outside a house in Coolnasilla Park West at about 03:00 and the front of the property was also damaged by the blaze.

Kaymer added to Irish Open field

BBC Sport NI

Former US Open champion Martin Kaymer is the latest major winner to confirm that he will compete in next month's Irish Open at the K Club.

Martin Kaymer
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Tournament host Rory McIlroy will also be joined in the field from 19-22 May by recent Masters winner Danny Willett.

Fermanagh band as bold as brass

Mallards boss relishing Carrick drop battle

BBC Sport NI

It's "squeaky-bum time" at the rear end of the Irish Premiership, with a four-way fight to avoid the drop set to take place in tomorrow's final round of games.

Whitey Anderson

Whitey Anderson's Ballinamallard United face Carrick Rangers at the Belfast Loughshore Arena and he says his players have the "desire and commitment" to stay in the top flight.

Guilty plea over Londonderry rape

A 36-year-old man has pleaded guilty to raping a woman in St Columb's Park in Londonderry 18 months ago.

Londonderry courthouse

James Frickleton, of no fixed abode but originally from Limavady, had initially denied the charge.

School smashes sit-up standard

Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College has made everyone sit up and take notice by breaking a world record while raising thousands of pounds for charity.

Staff and pupils at Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College taking part in the world record attempt
Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College

Almost 830 pupils and staff helped to set a new record for the highest number of people doing sit-ups simultaneously, with the school's head of PE saying of the previous record: "We smashed it - we annihilated it."

What's your excuse for not going to the gym?

Have you ever signed up for gym membership and then never set foot in the place?

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The Irish News reports that the British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland has listed its top ten reasons for people not pumping iron!

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Going to the polls - all your questions answered

With the assembly election rapidly approaching, it's worthwhile to know what you can and cannot do in Northern Ireland's polling stations.

A black labrador dog sits outside a polling station
Adrian Dennis

Polling day is next Thursday and we're keeping you right with our guide to the dos and don't as you cast your vote.

Funeral takes place of Tyrone murder victim

Mourners at the funeral of a Coalisland man murdered in London have heard that he died "so sadly and horrifically", the Irish News reports.

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Edward Stokes was killed during a fight at a pub in Newham last month. One man's been charged with the 29-year-old's murder.

Tyrone father admits beating his children with belt

A County Tyrone man has pleaded guilty to beating his son and daughter, who were under 10, with a belt.

Dungannon Magistrates Court

The man, in his 30's, admitted charges of child cruelty by wilful ill-treatment and assault in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health.

Follow the yellow brick road... to Carrick

Fire crews warming up for Belfast marathon

Frampton to talk boxing and Belfast on The One Show

Man admits £30k theft from relative

A Londonderry man has admitted stealing £30,000 from an elderly relative who has since died.

£10 notes

Martin O'Brien, 55, of RossNaGalliagh Park, pleaded guilty to fraud by abusing a position of trust by withdrawing the money from the man's accounts, as well as using cash receipts from a care home for use in a fraud. He will be sentenced in June.

Trio return for Ulster's crunch clash

BBC Sport NI

Ireland players Andrew Trimble, Stuart McCloskey and Chris Henry come into the Ulster team for tomorrow's crucial Pro12 clash with leaders Leinster in Belfast.

Andrew Trimble

Ulster lie fourth in the standings with two games left as they chase a spot in the play-off semi-finals.

Public disorder arrests in Lurgan

Two men have been arrested in connection with public disorder in Lurgan.

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Police in Craigavon say the incident happened on 28 March.   

Judge's warning for hospital thief

A Belfast man with 157 convictions on his criminal record has been warned to stay out of trouble for the next five months or risk a four-year jail term.

The emergency department at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast

Dylan John Patrick English, 22, from Portland Place, admitted a charge of burglary with intent to steal at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Witness appeal over arson attack

Detectives are appealing for information after an arson attack in Craigavon on Wednesday night.

Fire engines

A car was set on fire in the Sandringham area of the town at about 23:20. The fire spread causing damage to another car and a house.

Mother's call for crash inquiry

The mother of a Dungiven woman killed by a drunk driver has called for an independent inquiry into the events leading up to her daughter's death, the Derry Journal reports.

Claire Kelly

Claire Kelly, 20, was a passenger in a car that crashed after it was pursued by police in December 2011. Last month, the Police Ombudsman denied claims it concealed information over its investigation into the crash.

DUP accused of 'student union politics'

Ulster Unionist Assembly candidate Robin Swann has accused his DUP rivals of "student union politics" after a picture emerged of a former colleague posing with them.

Mervyn Storey and Philip Logan with Robert Coulter

It features DUP North Antrim pair Mervyn Storey and Philip Logan alongside former UUP MLA Robert Coulter. The DUP said Mr Coulter he is "happy for it to be made public that he is voting DUP this year".