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  1. Updates for Thursday 4 August 2016
  2. Inspectors says PSNI must 'improve victim protection'
  3. Tourist family left shaken after Belfast bus attack
  4. Picture: View from the summit of Slieve Commedagh, Mourne Mountains, County Down (by Derek Heeps)

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That's all from BBC News NI Live for today, we'll be back again at 07:00 for more updates on news, sport, travel and weather. 

White Rocks
Gail Simpson

The sun is shining again and we'll leave you with Gail Simpson's picture of blue skies over Portrush's White Rocks beach.  

Faughan fish kill: Anglers say pollution fears weren't addressed

Olympics: Irish boxer suspended after drugs test

BBC Sport NI

The Irish Athletic Boxing Association has confirmed that an Irish boxer has been provisionally suspended from competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics after testing positive for a banned substance. 


The boxer has yet to be officially named.

Weather: Fresh evening, with showers dying out

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Gang of youths try to hijack several cars

A group of youths - one armed with a baseball bat - tried to hijack a number of cars in the Tullyally area of Londonderry in the early hours of this morning, police say.


It happened at the junction of Ardmore Road and Milltown Crescent. 

Lurgan 'being held to ransom'

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart has said Lurgan is "being held to ransom by the actions of mindless individuals" after the rail line was closed by a security alert.

Carla Lockhart

"This is costing the tax payer an absolute fortune with thousands of pounds being lost on policing such events," she said. 

Sinn Féin pay review 'much needed'

Deputy First Minster Martin McGuinness says a review into Sinn Féin's policy of paying the average wage to all staff is much needed. 

Martin McGuinness

Staff and politicians previously took home what the party called an average wage, believed to be in the region of £26,000 per year. Martin McGuinness said a review of salaries was at the "early stages at the moment ".

Football: Refs boss explains rules revamp

DUP MLA welcomes Ballymoney jobs boost

North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey has welcomed the creation of 23 jobs in Ballymoney by payroll services company Payescape Ltd.

Mervyn Sorey

"It is good to see a local company with ambitious plans for the future and it demonstrates a real vote of confidence in Ballymoney and north Antrim," Mr Storey said. 

Chief constable publishes monthly report

Football: Portadown game still off despite suspension being lifted

BBC Sport NI

Even though the IFA have lifted Portadown's suspension, their game against Coleraine will not go ahead this weekend says BBC Sport NI's Joel Taggart.

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Man arrested over cocaine seizure

Football: Portadown suspension lifted

BBC Sport NI

Portadown's suspension from football has been lifted after the IFA said the club has grounds to appeal.

Pat McGibbon
Press Eye

The sanction was imposed after the club failed to pay disciplinary fees for making undisclosed payments to players. However, Portadown's league opener against Coleraine on Saturday may now go ahead.

NIRTA welcomes rates cut

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the decision to cut interest rates to a record low


"The local retail sector will welcome this interest rate cut as it is a boost to household spending power and consumer demand in very uncertain economic times following the referendum," NIIRTA's Glyn Roberts says. 

Away with the fairies: Ardboe man in demand as builder

Larne hate crime 'attempt to intimidate'

East Antrim assembly member Gordon Lyons has condemned an attack on a house in Larne, which police are treating as a hate crime.


"There can be no doubt that this attack had a sole purpose to intimidate innocent people in our community," the DUP man said. 

Bus substitution service due to bomb alert

'Pretty cool': Belfast archer first British Olympic competitor in action

Belfast archer Patrick Huston says it will be pretty cool to be the first British competitor in action at the Olympic Games in Rio on Friday.  

Patrick Huston
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Huston, 20, will be involved in the qualifying round at the Sambadrome on Friday before the opening ceremony gets underway at the Maracana Stadium later in the day.  

DUP'S Campbell talks back in west Belfast

Féile an Phobail has announced the line-up for this year's West Belfast Talks Back event.

Gregory Campbell

The DUP's Gregory Campbell will join Sinn Féin's Martina Anderson, Naomi Long of the Alliance Party and GAA analyst and barrister Joe Brolly.

Money can't compensate for damage done, says sacked teacher

A Belfast woman awarded £55,000 after she unfairly dismissed by Belfast Metropolitan College says the money cannot make up for what she suffered.

Patricia Flanagan said it had been a 'totally horrendous experience'

GAA: Gallagher 'unconcerned' by McGuinness' comments

BBC Sport NI

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher says he's "unconcerned" by comments made by former manager Jim McGuinness about his team's performances this year.

Rory Gallagher

McGuinness described Donegal as "predictable" in a newspaper column last month and this week appeared to praise Gallagher for bringing through young players. Donegal play Dublin in the All-Ireland quarter-finals this Saturday.

Gardaí stop and search 'UFO' in Wexford

Ballymoney firm creating 23 jobs

A Ballymoney firm that provides payroll services to companies is creating 23 jobs.

Invest NI

Payescape Ltd is creating the jobs as part of a strategy to expand its market presence across the UK. The move has been backed by Invest NI.

Police carrying out searches in Lurgan

Why a weak pound could be good for NI businesses

Further appeal over teenager road injury

Police investigating a road collision in which a 16-year-old girl was critically injured after being hit by a red Citroen Saxo car in Lake Street, Lurgan on 29 July, have issued a new appeal for information. 

Police car

Police want the drivers of an orange Toyota Aygo, a silver Volkswagen Golf or Polo, a dark-coloured people carrier, a silver Peugeot and a green or blue Seat Ibiza, who were in the area at the time, to contact them.

Environment committee 'concern' over fish kill

Belfast Telegraph: We want rematch says Santa Cruz dad

Undercover policing inquiry call welcomed

Parties' incomes up by £200,000

NI's four largest political parties received almost £200,000 more in income last year than they did the previous year, according to figures just published by the Electoral Commission


Sinn Féin had the most income in 2015 at £1.16m, the DUP raised £533,682, the SDLP £543,704 and Ulster Unionists £412,805.  

Rory 'looking for new clubs'

'Hate crime attack' on house and car in Larne

Car windows have been smashed and graffiti has been painted on a house in Larne in an overnight attack police are treating as a hate crime. 

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It happened in Herbert Avenue at about 1.10am. 

Weather: Mainly dry and fresh

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Is road ahead looking dim for Dark Hedges?

Escaped prisoner brought back to scene of crime

BBC Newsline explores the new Exploris aquarium

Sectarian graffiti attack on Orange hall

Sectarian graffiti has been spray painted on the wall of an Orange hall in Lisburn, County Antrim

Graffiti on Orange Hall
Press Eye

Police are treating the incident at the building on the Hillhall Road as a hate crime.

NI woman 'lost 7.5st in just over a year'