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  • Police anti-terror units in Northern Ireland

    Sun 25th Jan 2015

    A specialist police anti-terror unit in Northern Ireland is conducting almost 70 investigations into dissident republican activities, the majority undercover surveillance operations, its lead detective has revealed. In an unprecedented step, the officer heading the dedicated evidence-building team has spoken publicly about the intelligence tactics employed in the fight against violent extremists. Police Service of […]
  • School threat charge man in court

    Sat 24th Jan 2015

    A homeless man has been remanded in custody charged with threatening to kill children at a Northern Ireland primary school. Martyn James Price, 33 and of no fixed abode, appeared at Belfast Magistrates’ Court charged with making the threat against pupils at Elmgrove Primary school in east Belfast. The principal closed the school on Friday […]
  • Fire breaks out on Obel Tower

    Sat 24th Jan 2015

    A fire has broken out at the top of Ireland’s tallest building. Around fifty firefighters were called to deal with the incident on the roof of the Obel Tower in Belfast. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said there had been no reports of any injuries. A number of residents have been evacuated from […]
  • ‘Empty chair’ threat on TV debates

    Fri 23rd Jan 2015

    The broadcasters have threatened to “empty chair” any political party leader who refuses to take part in live televised debates planned for the general election campaign. In a joint statement, the four major broadcasters confirmed plans for a 7-7-2 format, under which two debates hosted by BBC and ITV would feature the leaders of Conservatives, […]
  • School closed after threat made

    Fri 23rd Jan 2015

    A Northern Ireland school has been closed after a malicious threat was received by email. Police patrols have been stepped up near Elmgrove Primary after officers said they were investigating a report of “malicious telecommunications” made on Wednesday. A man aged 33 was arrested in Belfast last night by detectives. Police Service of Northern Ireland […]
  • Arrests after gun found in west Belfast

    Thu 22nd Jan 2015

    Two people have been arrested after a gun was found in west Belfast. It was found during one of two planned searches in the area on Wednesday evening. A 49-year-old man was detained on suspicion of a number of offences, including having a weapon with intent to endanger life. While a woman, 38, was held […]
  • OAPs ‘killed by mobile home fumes’

    Thu 22nd Jan 2015

    A retired couple have been found dead from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a caravan park in Northern Ireland. Francie and Nan O’Reilly, in their mid-70s, had been living in a mobile home at Bonnys Caravan Park in Newcastle, Co Down, for more than a decade. Health and safety officials are investigating after police discovered […]
  • CCTV footage of Carryduff robbery

    Wed 21st Jan 2015

    A man caught robbing a petrol station in Carryduff in 2013 has been handed a six year sentence. Robert Cameron will serve three years behind bars and three on licence. The 41-year-old was also sentenced for possessing a gun. Chief Inspector Derek McCamley said: “I welcome the sentence for this robbery. The hard work of […]
  • JTI job rescue plans rejected

    Wed 21st Jan 2015

    A proposal to save more than half of the 900 jobs set to be lost through the closure of a cigarette factory in Northern Ireland has been rejected. The JTI Gallaher plant at Lisnafillan near Ballymena, Co Antrim, has fallen victim to a restructuring programme being implemented by its Japanese owners Japan Tobacco International (JTI). […]
  • Efforts intensify to restore water

    Wed 21st Jan 2015

    Efforts have intensified to return water supply to customers in Northern Ireland affected by a workforce dispute after unions suspended their industrial action. The work-to-rule protest was called off after bosses at Government-owned supply company Northern Ireland Water tabled fresh proposals to resolve a bitter pensions row. Out-of-hours repair services had not been carried out […]
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