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  1. Updates for Tuesday 16 August 2016
  2. Investigation after gun and ammunition found in investigator's office
  3. Team Ireland's last hope for a boxing medal ends in controversy
  4. Call for 8,000 new blood donors
  5. Picture: Carlingford Lough from the Mourne Mountains (by Willie Carville)

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That's all from us tonight on BBC News NI Live on what's been a cracking day all across Northern Ireland.

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We'll be back from 07:00 tomorrow with updates throughout the day on news, sport, traffic, travel and weather. Night for now!

Life's a beach... until tomorrow

BBC Weather

You can't beat a bit of fun and frolicking on the beach, and this wee character had plenty of that today.

A dog playing on a beach
Press Eye

And the good news is you've got a bit more time for a dander on the sands before the weather turns tomorrow. Check out the full forecast from Angie Phillips.

£6k bill for bonfire play park move

The bill for moving children's play equipment to accommodate a loyalist bonfire in east Belfast was £6,000, the Irish News reports.

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'Look no further than ballot box for EU view'

Sinn Féin's John O'Dowd says if Northern Ireland James Brokenshire wants to find out how people in Northern Ireland feel about Brexit he only has to look at the result from the region in the EU referendum.

John O'Dowd

Mr Brokenshire has embarked on a two-week tour of Northern Ireland to meet business and community leaders and politicians.

Former UUP councillor joins DUP

Former Ulster Unionist councillor Daniel Allen, who represents Holywood and Clandeboye on North Down and Ards Borough Council, has joined the DUP.

Daniel Allen

Mr Allen, who quit the UUP earlier this year, says the next five years "will be a testing time" but adds that he's looking forward to "taking on the challenge with my new party".

Legal aid granted for Brexit court challenge

Victims campaigner Raymond McCord says he has been granted legal aid to challenge the government over Brexit.

Raymond McCord outside Lagan Courts

Mr McCord is seeking a judicial review and lodged the papers at the High Court in Belfast last Thursday. Another hearing will take place on Friday.

Castle gardens removal 'act of vandalism'

Julian Fowler


A government department responsible for the upkeep of historic monuments has been accused of carrying out an act of vandalism at Tully Castle near Blaney in County Fermanagh.

Tully Castle

The castle's garden, with its box hedges, herbs and flowers, has been levelled and is to be replaced by a lawn, much to the disgust of businesses that say it brings tourists to the area. More on BBC Newsline at 18:30.

Police Ombudsman investigator resigns in wake of internal inquiry

Vincent Kearney

BBC News NI Home Affairs Correspondent

A Police Ombudsman investigator has resigned after the discovery of a gun and ammunition in his office in June.

The office of the Police Ombudman for Northern Ireland

It is understood the member of staff was Steve Skerritt. In a statement, the ombudsman's office said the person in question no longer works for the organisation. Mr Skerritt said he had not breached any procedures.

Road reopens after four-car crash

BBC NI Travel

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Man avoids jail over city fight

A Newtownabbey man who tried to kick a stranger who had been knocked to the ground during fighting in Belfast has avoided being sent to jail.

Laganside Courts in Belfast

Ian Cochrane, 30, of Tulleevin Drive, was arrested after clashes in Bradbury Place in June and admitted charges of common assault and disorderly behaviour. The judge at Belfast Magistrates' Court said she was suspending Cochrane's sentence because of his early guilty plea. He was given a five-month term suspended for two years.

Ireland's Murphy takes sailing silver

BBC Sport NI

Annalise Murphy

Annalise Murphy wins a silver medal in the laser radial in the sailing for Team Ireland.

NI Secretary Brokenshire on Brexit

BBC Newsline

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has embarked on a tour of the region to ask people about their views on the implications of Brexit.

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire to canvass public opinion on Brexit

See more on BBC Newsline at 18:30 tonight.

Conlan fans stunned by Olympic defeat

BBC Sport NI

Michael Conlan wasn't the only one in shock after judges denied him an Olympic boxing medal in Rio.

Michael Conlan supporters watch the fight
Michael Conlan supporters watch the fight

These supporters in a Belfast bar couldn't believe their eyes when the win was awarded to Conlan's Russian opponent.

Crash closes road in Lisburn

Ports' IFA appeal hearing postponed

BBC Sport NI

Portadown's appeal hearing into their suspension from all football-related activity has been postponed.

A Portadown player evades a tackle
Press Eye

Tuesday night's hearing on the club's failure to pay disciplinary fees for undisclosed payments to players is off, as Ports officials are not available.

Police Ombudsman: "force not excessive" in DNA refusal case

A Police Ombudsman investigation has rejected a claim that a man’s arrest was unjustified and that police used excessive force while taking his fingerprints, DNA samples and photographs.

Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland office

The man was arrested in March this year on suspicion of having breached a non-molestation order. He later claimed that his arrest had not been justified and that officers had used excessive force.

Not just humans enjoying the sun in Phoenix Park!

BBC Weather

Pipe bomb attack at Londonderry bonfire "act of madness"

The Police Federation has condemned last night's attack on a police patrol in Londonderry as "the actions of mindless terrorists and their misguided supporters".

Footage of controversial Londonderry bonfire

The federation said that the local community was disrupted and traumatised by the nationalist bonfire and lives were put at risk in pipe bomb attack: "Nothing was achieved by this act of madness."

Furious Conlan slams fight result

BBC Sport NI

Michael Conlan is livid about his defeat in the bantamweight quarter-final at the Rio Olympics.

Michael Conlan throws a punch at his opponent

In a furious post-bout interview, the Belfast fighter says the decision to award the fight to Russia's Vladimir Nikitin was a "disgrace".

Fay is new Folk Club presenter

BBC Radio Ulster

Lynette Fay is taking over from Colum Sands as presenter of BBC Radio Ulster's long-running Folk Club.

Lynette Fay

County Down musician Colum is retiring from the show and said: "I love the job, and cannot give enough thanks to the listeners, musicians and BBC colleagues."

BreakingConlan misses out on Olympic medal

BBC Sport NI

Michael Conlan punches Vladimir Nikitin

Belfast boxer Michael Conlan is beaten by Russian Vladimir Nikitin on a unanimous decision in the bantamweight quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics.

Dissident republicans 'at war with communities'

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams says "so-called dissident groups" are "at war" against nationalist communities in Northern Ireland.

Gerry Adams
Press Eye

He says it "appears they are seeking to heighten confrontation" after threats made against workers at this month's Féile an Phobail in Belfast, and adds that they must "end their futile, violent campaign".

Seaton and McGovern move up to sixth

BBC Sport NI

Sailors Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern from Bangor and Carrickfergus, have moved up to sixth spot in the 49er event at the Olympics in Rio after a successful protest.

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The Team Ireland duo were upgraded from 13th to 12th spot in yesterday's first race, which led to them moving from seventh to sixth overall.

Feelin' hot, hot, hot!

BBC Weather

Powerful day altogether out there, and plenty of people took to the lawns at Belfast City Hall to enjoy lunchtime in the sun.

People enjoying the sun at Belfast City Hall
Press Eye

But what's the weather got in store for the next few days? Angie Phillips has a full forecast for you.

'Flags should be treated with respect'

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has criticised the burning of flags on a bonfire in Limavady, saying communities need to move away from sectarian displays.

Photo of Limavady bonfire
Derry Journal

"This is a mirror image of the behaviour associated with the very worst nakedly sectarian displays associated with some loyalist bonfires," she adds.

Body recovered in fisherman search

A rescue boat has found a body while searching off the County Cork coast for a fisherman who was declared missing last night.

Rescue helicopter

The alarm was raised after he failed to return from a fishing trip. The body has yet to be identified.

Friends thought I'd flipped, says former journalist

Former BBC News NI political correspondent Martina Purdy says some of her media friends thought she had "flipped" when she told them of her plans to give up her journalism career to enter a religious order, the Irish News reports.

Novice nuns Martina Purdy and Elaine Kelly

Now two years on, the novice nun (left) says she has no regrets.

Watch: A taste of home

Fire still smouldering in Derry

Bikes, bikes bikes!

BBC Sport NI

Missed last weekend's Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod?

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Well, never worry, because we have all of the highlights from the world's fastest motorcycle road race, with analysis from former UGP winner Philip McCallen. And there'll be more on BBC2 tonight at 21:00.

Economy minister on A-level results

Simon Hamilton is encouraging those who are getting exam results on Thursday to use the services offered by his department.

Simon Hamilton
NI Executive

The economy minister says: "Making informed decisions following exam results is imperative to effective career planning and the department are there to help."

Brokenshire on Brexit tour

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire is on a two-week tour of the region to canvass public opinion on the implications of Brexit.

James Brokenshire

He says he hopes to spend August talking to politicians, business and community leaders, and groups representing victims and survivors of the Troubles.

House prices: where do you think they're rising?

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

Graphic: 3.8% house prices rise

Average house prices in Northern Ireland are rising again, but it depends where you live.

Don't forget the sun cream!

Broken down vehicle on Westlink

Listen again: Struggle with schizophrenia

Portstewart Strand in gridlock!

Gareth Gordon

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

House prices 'return to growth'

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

House prices in Northern Ireland have returned to growth, according to statistics released by the Department of Finance.

A 'sold' sign outside a house

But the number of sales have fallen to their lowest in three years. The number of transactions between April and June was 4,075 - down 28% on the previous quarter.