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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 13 May 2016
  2. Motorcyclist seriously ill following North West 200 crash
  3. Man, 53, arrested over delivery driver murder
  4. Plans to build 800 new houses in Londonderry

Live Reporting

By Nuala McCann and Niall Glynn

All times stated are UK

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The weekend is here! Goodnight

It's been a day for star-spotting in NI as Luke Skywalker and other Star Wars cast and crew landed in Belfast for - ahem - some top secret filming in County Donegal.

Mark Hamill
Pacemaker

BBC News NI Live is going far, far away for now, but we'll be back from 7am on Monday. Enjoy the sun! 

Leave the brolly behind this weekend

Balmoral carpark arrangements "a disaster"

One man who contacted the BBC about the traffic problems at the Balmoral Show yesterday evening said the carpark arrangements were a "disaster". 

carpark balmoral
Darcy McCay

Robert Stevenson, who was at the show with his wife and four young children, said: "I could hardly walk to my car due to the traffic being everywhere."

On BBC Newsline: What links Star Wars and Stormont?

North West 200: Farquhar's team to race on after crash

KMR Kawasaki will compete in Saturday's Supertwin race at the North West 200 despite Thursday's serious crash involving team owner Ryan Farquhar.

Ryan Farquhar and Dan Cooper crashed in Thursday's Supertwin race
Press Eye

Dungannon man Farquhar remains in a serious condition after undergoing surgery following the crash in Thursday's opening Supertwin race.  

Three-year-old boy 'found wandering alone'

Inside Politics speaks to the leader of the opposition

Derry City FC hoping to attract a Jedi knight

Balmoral Show traffic congestion building again

Coming up on BBC Radio Ulster's Evening Extra show

A virtual driving licence for your virtual wallet?

Delays for cross-border Enterprise passengers

The Secret: ITV 'did not offer victim's children preview of drama'

The children of one of the victims of a double murder in Castlerock in 1991 were not given a preview of ITV's drama, The Secret, which is based on the killings.

James Nesbitt plays the convicted murderer Colin Howell in the ITV drama The Secret
ITV

The claim was made by David Stewart, the husband of Hazel Stewart, who was one of the two people  convicted of the murders.  Mr Stewart said the children of murder victim Trevor Buchanan were not given an opportunity by ITV to view the drama before it went to air.

Bird's eye view over Balmoral Show from PSNI

Boy, 13, rescued by off-duty lifeguard

A 13-year old boy who got caught in rip current while bodyboarding in in Portrush has been rescued by an off-duty RNLI lifeguard.

RNLI boat
BBC

The lifeguard was cycling back from the North West 200 when he saw the teenager in distress.

The weekend won't be as warm but will stay dry

Injured rider talks about Farquhar crash

A bet's a bet - Alex 'Gloria Gaynor' Kane pays his dues

Alex Kane and Clare Bailey
BBC

Political commentator Alex Kane said he'd sing on the steps of Stormont in a dress if the Green Party's Clare Bailey got elected.... and he had to honour his bet.

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Blue skies over the Emerald Isle

Robust security response essential says Hussey

UUP Policing Board representative Ross Hussey has said It is essential that a robust security response is available after the UK threat level from dissident republicans was raised on Wednesday.

Ross Hussey
BBC

"There is a serious question as to just how many weapons in the hands of the so-called dissidents, originate from the stockpiles of the Provisional IRA," he said.

Coming up on Evening Extra: Friday 13th is lucky for some

Some superstitious people are afraid to make any big plans on Friday 13th, but Craig McCullough and his wife Alice liked it so much they chose it as their wedding day last year.

Craig McCullough and his wife Alice on their wedding day in 2015
Family photo

The couple, who described themselves as "quirky" horror movie fans, got married on the most recent one before today, which was Friday 13th November 2015.  They told BBC Radio Ulster's Evening Extra programme: “Nothing unlucky happened to us on our wedding day, maybe except the weather!”

NW200: Ryan Farquhar now 'stable' after high-speed crash

Election campaigning, 1974 style

Garda v PSNI: It's a cross-border dance off

Surely there's a law against this?  But will the Police Service of Northern Ireland accept the challenge?

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Today's weather is out of this world

Dan Cooper talks about North West 200 crash

Crash at Main Street, Dundrum

There has been a crash at Main Street, Dundrum.

Police have closed the road heading towards Newcastle.

Cross-community opposition would be stronger - Nesbitt

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt, who announced yesterday that his party would not join the executive, has said a formal opposition would be stronger if it included both nationalists and unionists.

Mike Nesbitt
Pacemaker

"Clearly, if I think I want to offer an opposition to the DUP and Sinn Féin at the heart of this new mandate, then a sort of cross-community opposition is a stronger proposition than going it alone," he said.

Peterborough defender targets NI place

Delays on Andersonstown Road

It may be Donegal to you and me, but it's a galaxy far, far away today

Train cancelled due to fault

Traffic busy in east Belfast

Eastwood to make decision after negotiations

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has said he will decide in a fortnight, at the end of programme for government negotiations, whether to remain in the executive or follow the UUP into opposition

Colum Eastwood
Pacemaker

"We've started our work on this already, we've been working very hard the last number of days. Whenever that process ends, within those two weeks, we will make our decision," he says.

Who should have say on dramas based on real life?

Stars Wars - the new generation

Star Wars actor Adam Driver might look a bit like a roadie from the 1970s but he played a very 21st Century baddie in The Force Awakens, where the action moved on to a new generation.  

Adam Driver
Pacemaker

He plays Kylo Ren who has a pretty impressive pedigree - being the son of Princess Leia and Han Solo and the grandson of Darth Vader.

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren,
AP

Hate crime attack on Orange halll

Moment of crash at North West 200

This is the moment Dan Cooper and Ryan Farquhar crashed during the North West 200 last night.

NW200 crash
Rowland White/Presseye

Farquhar remains seriously ill in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, while Cooper has been discharged from the Causeway Hospital.

The Force Awakens in Belfast

Star Wars actors Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) touch down in Belfast, ahead of filming at Malin Head. It's unclear whether there were any problems getting the light sabres through security...

Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver
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