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  1. Updates for Friday 10 April 2015
  2. More updates from Monday at 07:00

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight:

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    That's us finished on BBC News NI Live for the week - here's to a great weekend whatever you get up to. We'll be back at Monday at 07:00.


    In the meantime, let's hope these pics of the sun going down isn't the last we see of that fireball in the sky.

  2. Rory ready for second round:

    Rory McIlroy is just about to start his second round - you can follow his progress online shortly and catch the Masters coverage on BBC Radio 5 live from 21:00.

    Rory McIlroy
  3. Wheels on the ground:

    Is Belfast ready to get on its bike?

    Belfast bikes

    Later this month, the city will launch it's new public bike hire scheme - BBC News NI's Iain McDowell has been finding out whether Belfast can join the cycling revolution.

  4. Masters cut looming:

    The projected cut for the Masters is +2 - it looks like Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry may be set for a weekend with their feet up, they're +4 after 15 holes.

    Graeme McDowell

    Graeme McDowell has had a rollercoaster round - he was +3 at one point but has fought back to +1. Darren Clarke is at +2 after just four holes.

  5. Belfast crash causing delays

    There's a collision on Ormeau Avenue, Belfast. It's causing tailbacks and delays so avoid the area at present if you can.

  6. Belfast beauty:

    There are worse places to be on a sunny day. Thanks to Gavin Baker for sending this picture of the panoramic scenes above Belfast at Cavehill.

  7. Colleges to face off in Belfast:

    BBC Sport NI

    The Odyssey Arena in Belfast will stage a major ice hockey tournament involving four American universities in November.

    Friendship four

    The Friendship Four competition will take place over Thanksgiving weekend. It's the first time the National Collegiate Athletic Association will hold competitive games outside the US.

  8. Crash in Lisburn:

    Police say there has been a crash on Crossan Road, Lisburn, at the Comber Road crossroads. The road is open but there are lengthy tailbacks.

  9. Labour 'will add Kincora':

    Labour will include Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast in a national sex abuse inquiry if elected, says its Northern Ireland shadow secretary of state.

    Kincora Boys' Home

    Ivan Lewis says the suffering of victims at Kincora had been "unimaginable".

  10. Man charged over 'paramilitary assault':

    PSNI Bangor tweets:

    PSNI Bangor
  11. Masters latest:

    BBC Sport NI

    So far, not so good news for local players at the Masters. Padraig Harrington has dropped five shots today, to sit on +5 - he looks unlikely to make the cut after 11 holes.

    Padraig Harrington

    Graeme McDowell is also +1 for the day and Shane Lowry is even par to sit on +3. Better for Darren Clarke though - he's just birdied the second to go to +1.

  12. Purvis: 'It's time to move on':

    Evening Extra

    Dawn Purvis tells Evening Extra that she is stepping down from the Marie Stopes Clinic because it's "time to move on".

    Dawn Purvis

    She says her resignation has nothing to do with pressure or stress, though she admitted that "times were very difficult" last year when a court case found Bernadette Smyth guilty of harassing her.

  13. Another Aintree win for McCoy:

    BBC Sport NI

    AP McCoy's Don Cossack claimed an emphatic victory in the Betfred Melling Chase on Ladies' Day at Aintree.

    AP McCoy

    The 3-1 joint favourite pulled clear with two fences to go. McCoy will ride favourite Shutthefrontdoor in tomorrow's Grand National.

  14. Classroom assistant in court over guns and drugs find:

    A primary school classroom assistant has appeared in court in connection with the seizure of guns and up to £30,000 worth of drugs.

    Pauline Mackin, 51, of Downview Gardens in Belfast, is linked to a gang being investigated over the recovery of cocaine, cannabis and three guns.

  15. Purvis to step down at Marie Stopes:

    BBC News NI health correspondent Marie-Louise Connolly tweets:

  16. High ranking officer leaves PSNI:

    News Letter

    The police has announced that a chief superintendent will leave the PSNI for a new job in England, the News Letter reports.

    Chief Supt Michelle Larmour is leaving to take up the role of assistant chief constable at West Midlands Police.

  17. Round two at Augusta:

    Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry are out for their second rounds at the Masters.

    Graeme McDowell

    McDowell is on level par, after a birdie and bogey through four holes. Harrington has made a poor start, dropping two shots to +2 after six while Shane Lowry has gained a shot - he's also on +2.

  18. Jailed for supplying drugs:

    A father of three who supplied cocaine and cannabis has been jailed for eight months.

    Laganside Courts

    Darren Richmond, 43, from Whitehouse Gardens, Newtownabbey, admitted helping to supply the drugs.

  19. Air strike causes £2,000 trek home:

    A family with an autistic child has spent almost £2,000 to get home from France after their flight was cancelled during the air traffic control strike.

    Chloe Monteith

    Pauline Monteith travelled to Nice for a two-night holiday with her children, mother and aunt, who are both elderly.

  20. Flybe flight diverted:

    Flybe's flight from Exeter to Belfast City Airport has been diverted to Dublin because of technical problems.

    It was due to arrive at 14:00 but will now land in Dublin at about 15:35.

  21. More transport strikes likely:

    BBC News NI business reporter Julian O'Neill tweets:

    Transport strikes
  22. Irish Cup final moved:

    The Irish Cup final has been moved to the Oval because of damage to Windsor Park.


    The decision gives Glentoran home advantage for the 2 May showpiece against Portadown.

  23. North Belfast honeymoon:

    BBC Sport NI

    Newly-wed Paul Heatley is expected to return to the Crusaders team for Saturday's crucial north Belfast derby away to Cliftonville.

    Paul Heatley

    The Crues winger missed Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at Portadown because of his wedding.

  24. Portglenone pedestrian named:

    The 83-year-old woman who died after being hit by a car in Portglenone, County Antrim was Elizabeth Moore, known locally as Lizzie.

    Police have said they want to speak to the driver of a white van that was in the area at the time.

  25. Lifeboat launch

    Keiron Tourish

    BBC News NI

    Crowds turned out in Buncrana, County Donegal, to welcome a new lifeboat, the first of its kind in Ireland.

    New Lifeboat

    The boat was designed by Derry man Peter Eyre who was rescued by a Lough Swilly lifeboat when he was 14.

  26. Minister condemns racist attack

    Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is to intervene in the case of a family who are homeless after being the victims of racist attacks.

    Kerry Ann Brown looks at the damage to her window

    Kerry Ann Brown, who came to Northern Ireland 13 years ago from Jamaica, has three children and is pregnant. Mr McGuinness said her situation was "appalling".

  27. Man struck by car:

    An 86-year old man is in a serious condition in hospital after being struck by a car in Armagh this morning.

    The collision occurred in Gaol Square in the city at around 10:15.

  28. M2 lane blocked:

    BBC NI Travel

    A broken-down lorry near Randalstown is blocking the inside lane of the M2 towards Belfast. Drivers are advised to slow down travelling south from the M22 onto the M2.

  29. Irish Cup Final venue:

    Portadown FC tweets:

    Portadown FC
  30. 'Middle man' jailed for drugs offences

    A man has been jailed for eight months after admitting being concerned in the supply of both Class A and Class B drugs.

    A court heard that Darren Richmond, 43, from Whitehouse Gardens , Newtownabbey, became the "middle man" in the supply of cocaine and cannabis to work colleagues.

  31. Tee-times at Augusta:

    BBC Sport

    There will be five golfers from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in action on day two of the Masters.

    Rory McIlroy

    Here are today's tee times: Shane Lowry 14:02, Padraig Harrington 14:13, Graeme McDowell 14:35, Darren Clarke 16:36, Rory McIlroy 18:48.

  32. Police to re-examine teen death:

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that police are to re-examine the death of a teenage girl after receiving new details about the dealer who allegedly supplied the drug that killed her.


    Stacey Nugent died after taking an unregulated stimulant drug known as "speckled cherries" linked to the deaths of at least 20 other young people across Northern Ireland.

  33. Four changes for Ulster:

    BBC Sport NI

    Ulster have made four changes for their Pro 12 clash against Connacht tomorrow.

    Ulster team

    Tommy Bowe, Jared Payne, Rory Best and Clive Ross come into the side for the trip to Galway. You can listen to the match live on BBC Radio Ulster at 14:40.

  34. McCoy win could cost bookies £50m:

    BBC Sport

    Bookmakers, be afraid - be very afraid. If AP McCoy wins the Grand National on favourite Shutthefrontdoor tomorrow it could cause bookies a £50m loss.

    AP McCoy

    The 19-time champion, from Northern Ireland, will retire if he wins on a record 20th appearance in the race.

  35. Newry to host famine commemoration:

    Newry will host the 2015 famine commemoration, the first time it has been held in Northern Ireland.


    The annual event rotates between the four provinces and Newry has been selected as this year's venue. Irish Arts Minister Heather Humphreys said the community had shown enthusiasm and determination to host the event.

  36. Accident cleared:

    BBC NI Travel

    The crash on the A26, Frosses Road at the Glarryford crossroads has been cleared and traffic is back to normal.

  37. More on paramilitary-style attack


    Police say that a 36-year-old man was beaten by a gang of seven men, some of whom were armed with baseball bats.

    The gang forced their way into the man's home at in Forthriver Drive in north Belfast last night. The victim's injuries are not life-threatening.

  38. Gang attack:

    PSNI North Belfast tweets:

  39. Consumer confidence

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that low inflation and improvements in the job market have lifted consumer confidence to a seven-year high.

    Bank cash dispenser

    Danske Bank's consumer confidence index - which monitors the spending plans of households - experienced a strong rise at the start of the year, bringing it to its highest since 2008.

  40. More police patrols after trouble

    Police in Londonderry have stepped up patrols in the Galliagh area of the city after disturbances on Wednesday night, according to a local community worker.

    Leafair Gardens, Londonderry

    PSNI vehicles came under attack from youths in the Leafair Gardens area on Wednesday. A 17-year-old has been arrested.

  41. Exiting world stage

    BBC Sport NI

    Northern Ireland squash star Madeline Perry has announced she is retiring from the women's World Tour.

    Madeline Perry turned pro in 1999 and won 11 WSA Tour titles

    The 38-year-old from Banbridge will make a farewell appearance at the Irish Open which starts in Dublin on 20 April.

  42. All shook up

    A small corner of County Antrim is preparing to get all shook up, loved tender and trampled by hundreds of blue suede shoes.

    Elvis impersonator Martin Rice is preparing to help break the record

    Nutts Corner is the venue for Elvis impersonators in an attempt to break the current Guinness world record.

  43. Lanes closed:

    BBC NI Travel

    Five months of road works will start on the Castlereagh Road in Belfast on Monday. Work is taking place between Grand Parade and Orby Link.

    Bus and cycle lanes will be closed for the duration of the road works.

  44. Red sky at night

    We have bright skies above us today but some parts of the north coast were lit up last night by the northern lights.

    Ballintoy Harbour

    Paul Edgar captured the aurora borealis over Ballintoy Harbour in County Antrim. Send your pictures to

  45. Lifeboat karma:

    BBC Radio Foyle

    A Londonderry man rescued by a Lough Swilly lifeboat when he was 14 has designed a model lifeboat that is due to arrive in Buncrana later.

    New lifeboat

    Lough Swilly life boat station in County Donegal is thought to be the first in Ireland to get a brand new model lifeboat.

  46. Morale at 'all-time low'

    Joe McCusker of the trade union, Unison, said the levels of stress among paramedics in Northern Ireland were higher because of years of cuts in the health service.


    Mr McCusker said: "Morale is at all-time low. Paramedics feel over worked and undervalued."

  47. Crash delays

    BBC NI Travel tweets:

    BBC NI Travel
  48. Sunny start, rainy end

    It's shaping up to be another lovely day which you can tell from this picture of a Fermanagh sunrise sent in to us by a member of the public.

    Fermanagh sunrise

    Soak it up while you can because chances are you might be soaked tomorrow!

  49. Steps 'to tackle stress'

    John McPoland from the the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service has admitted that stress is an issue for paramedics but said steps have been taken to support employees.

    Jon McPoland

    Mr McPoland said: "We do take on board that we need to work in partnership with the trade unions to remove the source of stress."

  50. Armless teddy

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports on a bid to reunite a stranded teddy with its owner. It seems the teddy couldn't bear to leave the sunshine at Castle Ward in County Down after a trip at Easter.

    Stranded Ted

    The teddy is missing an arm and has an up-side down smile.

  51. Driving forward:

    Mark Simpson

    BBC News NI

    BBC News NI's Mark Simpson tweets: Seventeen years old today. Old enough to drive.

    The Agreement
  52. Crash victim

    The man in his 40s who died after a crash on a motorway in the Republic of Ireland was from Castlerock in County Londonderry.

    Garda sign

    The accident involving a van and a lorry happened on the M1 near Monasterboice in Drogheda in County Louth, yesterday.

  53. Major update

    Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell are both seven shots behind the leader Jordan Spieth after the first round of the Masters at Augusta.

    Rory McIlroy

    McIlroy and McDowell both posted rounds of one-under-par, 71, while Darren Clarke is further back on two-over-par.

  54. Morning fog:

    BBC NI Weather tweets:

    Morning fog
  55. Pedestrian dies

    An 83-year-old woman who was hit by a car in Portglenone, County Antrim, last month has died in hospital.

    The pedestrian was struck by a car on Main Street on Tuesday, 31 March.

  56. Ain't no party like a chess club party

    BBC News NI's Claire Graham was talking to members of Bangor Chess Club where a chess grandmaster was taking on 20 opponents.

    Chess club

    You can hear her report on BBC Good Morning Ulster now.

  57. Unique penalty at Seaview:

    BBC Sport NI

    England's Leah Williamson scored a penalty at Seaview last night after a five-day wait. You can watch her finish here.

    Leah Williamson penalty

    In an unprecedented ruling, Uefa ordered England's game with Norway to restart in injury time due to a refereeing error in Saturday's match.

  58. Union anger

    A union is considering industrial action over a Translink consultation on railway changes.

    Train in Belfast

    Translink is inviting the public to tell them how they use train services to help plan network changes this summer.

  59. Fatal motorway crash

    A man in his 40s understood to be from Northern Ireland has died after a crash involving a van and a truck on a motorway in the Republic of Ireland.


    It happened on the M1 near Monasterboice in Drogheda, County Louth, on Thursday.

  60. Paramedic stress

    Paramedics in Northern Ireland are highly stressed, a trade union's survey suggests.


    Unison said 96% of 248 ambulance workers questioned suffer from work-related stress.

  61. Good morning!

    Ciaran Daly

    BBC News NI

    Good morning and welcome to BBC News NI Live on Friday 10 April. We'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather up until 19:00.