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  1. Updates for Wednesday 24 August 2016
  2. A member of the armed forces is arrested in Somerset and searches are carried out in Larne in a Northern Ireland terrorism investigation
  3. Police in Brazil say they've found emails that allegedly link a former Olympic Council of Ireland president with a ticketing agency accused of illegally selling Olympic tickets
  4. Belfast Health Trust reveals it paid almost £3m to consultants in overtime for extra work last year
  5. Picture: Sunset over County Down (by Deek Wilson)

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Good night

That's all from BBC News NI Live on an extremely busy Wednesday. We'll be back with more updates on news, sport, weather and travel from 07:00 tomorrow. We'll leave you with Morris Duncan's picture from a sunny Mount Stewart.

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Coat of arms found in skip

Cookstown diversions due to band parade

Council issues pocket ashtrays

Showers possible at Red Hot gig

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Devon search at house in 'remote estate'

The BBC's John Kay says the house being searched in Exminster, Devon, following the arrest of a Royal Marine from NI is in a remote estate


He says tents have been erected in nearby woodland as searches continue there.

Terror arrest followed 'months of work'

Today's arrest of a royal marine in Somerset over Northern Ireland terrorism was the culmination of months of intelligence work, BBC Home Affairs Correspondent Daniel Sandford says.

Larne searches

The investigation, following the discovery of two arms dumps in Larne earlier this year, involved MI5, the PSNI and the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command, or SO15.

O'Neill explains NI squad decisions

CCMS welcomes La Salle report

The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) has welcomed a report into problems at west Belfast's De La Salle College.

De La Salle

"We will now study the report and its proposals in more detail to develop a comprehensive plan to ensure a more positive experience for all those involved with the school," it said.

Ulster's future front row?

Union's concern over Wrightbus move

The union Unite has expressed concern at news that Ballymena bus manufacturer Wrightbus has imposed a recruitment freeze.


"Towns like Ballymena risk being allowed to become post-industrial unemployment hotspots as Stormont stands idly by," the union's Joanne McWilliams said. 

Arrested man a marine from Larne

The man arrested in Somerset over Northern Ireland terrorism is a Royal Marine originally from Larne. 

Larne search

Searches have been taking place in Larne and in Exminster in Devon.

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Judge to head Irish Olympic tickets inquiry

Justice Carroll Moran has been appointed to head the inquiry into the Irish Olympic ticket controversy.

Olympic tickets

Pat Hickey, the former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) was arrested in Rio De Janeiro last week by police investigating alleged illegal Olympic ticket sales.

Man arrested over NI terror is royal marine

The 30-year-old man arrested in Somerset earlier over NI-related terrorism is a royal marine serving in England's West Country.

Larne searches

Searches are continuing at at least two houses in Larne in connection with the arrest.

Larne searches

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Devon house searched as part of armed forces arrest

Police in Devon have said a house in Exminster, as well as a nearby wooded area, are being searched following the arrest of a serving member of the armed forces over Northern Ireland-related terrorism.

Ch Insp Antony Hart

Ch Insp Antony Hart said no armed police were involved in the arrest. The 30-year-old man was detained in Somerset earlier today.

Late musician's home burgled

The Londonderry home of late musician Stephen Martin has been broken into and items including a guitar, keyboard, other musical equipment and money stolen.

Stolen guitar

The 29-year-old, who went under the stage name Rainy Boy Sleep, had been missing for almost a month before his body was found in County Sligo last week. The burglary happened some time between 11 and 12 of August.

Stolen keyboard

Evening Extra: More from scene of searches

McGuigan to be new North Antrim MLA

Sinn Féin has announced that Philip McGuigan is to be co-opted as MLA for North Antrim. 

Philip McGuigan

He will replace Daithí McKay, who resigned as an MLA after claims he and another Sinn Féin member "coached" loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson as a witness to an inquiry.

Economy minister in US trade meeting

Lafferty must keep producing says Norwich boss

Norwich City's Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty could still have a future at Carrow Road, according to manager Alex Neil.

Kyle Lafferty
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"If Kyle keeps showing up well and keeps producing, there's a slot for any player who does well here," Neil told BBC Radio Norfolk.

Business leaders' Brexit message to minister

Confederation of British Industry(CBI) representatives met with Finance Minister Mairtin Ó Muilleoir earlier to discuss a issues including Brexit and the new programme for government.

Mairtin Ó Muilleoir

"The key message left with the minister was the need for the NI Executive to be more ambitious and deliver faster and better outcomes, to offset the short/medium term challenges of Brexit," a CBI spokesperson said.    

Showers a risk in west, sunny elsewhere

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Properties being searched after arrest

At least two properties are being searched on the old Glenarm Road in Larne in connection with the arrest of a member of the armed forces in Somerset.

Larne searches

Police and Army bomb disposal teams are at the scene. Forensic officers are also present.

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BreakingArrest linked to dissident arms finds

It is understood the arrest of a member of the armed forces in Somerset is connected to the discovery of two dissident republican arms dumps near Larne earlier this year.

Arms find

The weapons were found in two forest hides in March and May.

BreakingLarne search linked to NI terror arrest

Police are carrying out a search on the Old Glenarm Road in Larne in connection with a Metropolitan Police investigation into Northern Ireland terrorism-related offences.  


A serving member of the armed forces was arrested in Somerset on Wednesday by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Counter Terrorism Command.

Dunlop remains fastest in Classic TT practice

De La Salle pupils 'still priority' for minister

Speaking after the publication of an independent report on De La Salle College in west Belfast, Education Minister Peter Weir says his priority remains the school's pupils.

Peter Weir

"I am confident that the panel’s report will provide a sound platform for moving forward in building relations within the school and the wider community," he added. 

Bucket and spade weather in Portrush

Glens sign Moldova international

Glentoran manager Alan Kernaghan has signed Moldova international Alex Leu on a one-year contract. 

Alan Kernaghan
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The deal for the versatile 25-year-old, who can play on the left of defence or midfield, is subject to international clearance.    

Make the most of the sunshine as the rain is coming..

Wheelchair user jailed over £1m fraud

An east Belfast man, who uses a wheelchair, who helped his wife in a £1m fraud against the medical firm where she worked, has been jailed for a year.

Belfast Crown Court

Samuel Noel Savage, 60, of Kincora Mews - whose wife was jailed earlier this year for her role in the seven-year fraud - will spend a year in prison and one on licence.

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Man arrested in Somerset over 'NI terrorism'

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in Somerset as part of an investigation into Northern Ireland-related terrorism.


Police have said the man is a serving member of the armed forces. Searches are taking place in Northern Ireland and a wooded area of south Devon.