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  1. Updates for Wednesday 1 July 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 07:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Claire Noble and Dave Culbert

All times stated are UK


Claire Noble


Goodbye from BBC News NI Live for another day. We'll be back from 07:00 tomorrow. Until then, you can stay up-to-date with all the latest news on our

website - have a good evening.

Glenn Miles

We'll leave you with this photograph from Glenn Miles of Whiterocks beach in Portrush, County Antrim.

Man cleared of UDA murder plan:

One of four men accused of plotting to kill two former UDA leaders in Scotland has walked free after prosecutors withdrew all charges against him.

Johnny Adair

58-year-old John Gorman was

cleared of conspiring to murder Johnny Adair and Sam McCrory.

Coming home:

Irish minister Charlie Flanagan tells

BBC Evening Extra that he understands the bodies of the three Irish people who were killed in Tunisia will arrive in Dublin in the next 24 hours.


Lorna Carty, from County Meath, and County Westmeath couple Martina and Laurence (Larry) Hayes were

killed in the Tunisia attack.

Sorella street arrest:

Man (50) charged with possession of ammunition in suspicious circumstances. He was arrested on Tuesday in Sorella St area of Belfast.

Hot wheels:

Looks like the sun is making us all want to get on our #BelfastBikes! 1016 rentals yesterday = busiest day so far! @Belfastbikes

Key players out:

BBC Sport NI

Glentoran will go into their

Europa League match at home to MSK Zilina tomorrow - but they'll be missing some players.

Press Eye

Curtis Allen and David Scullion are away on holiday while midfielder Niall Henderson is not available because of injury.

'UFO cloud'

This cloud has been dubbed the UFO cloud by staff at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).


They have posted the image on their

Facebook page - Met Éireann say its official name is an altocumulus lenticularis.

Greek support:

A number of people have gathered outside the Irish parliament in a show of solidarity to the people of Greece.

Scene outside Leinster house #rtenews

Scene outside Leinster house #rtenews

Heathrow benefits:

A third runway at Heathrow looks likely after the Airports Commission recommended it. What will that mean for us? @NigelDoddsDUP, up next.

East Belfast traffic:

East Belfast:No right turn to Woodstock Link w tailbacks leaving city on East Bridge St & Albertbdge Road.Avoid this area until at least 9pm

Lamb's tale:

Irish pride:

BBC Sport

Ireland men's hockey coach Craig Fulton says he's

incredibly proud of his team despite their 4-1 defeat to top seeds Australia in the World League quarter-finals in Antwerp.


The Irish held the world champions scoreless in the first quarter before goals from Matt Gohdes, Jamie Dwyer, Simon Orchard and Blake Govers booked the Kookaburras a semi-final place.

Calais strike:

Andy West


A strike by French ferry workers continues to

cause disruption on both sides of the Channel.


I've been speaking to two drivers from Larne and Bangor who are trying to get into the channel tunnel. Hear their stories on tonight's BBC Newsline at 6.30pm.

Record breaking temperatures:

Heathrow airport has recorded a temperature of 36C - making it the hottest July day ever recorded in the UK. Here's how our weather is shaping up at home.



five-day forecast is predicting some showers tomorrow - but dry weather will continue for the rest of the week.

Police officer faces data charges:

Update 18 May 2017: Grainne Mullan was subsequently found not guilty of all charges against her.

A police officer is to go on trial charged with 11 counts of unlawfully obtaining or disclosing data. Grainne Mullan, 40, whose address was given as Strand Road police station in Londonderry, appeared at Limavady Courthouse earlier. She was released on bail and the case adjourned until next month.

Distraction burglary:

Detectives at Musgrave are appealing for info following distraction burglary at home of elderly woman in Leggagh Court, N Belfast on Tuesday

Airport expansion benefits:

House of Commons


The UK's Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says he'll consider the idea that Northern Ireland should have guaranteed slots at an expanded Heathrow.


He was answering a question from the DUP MP Nigel Dodds.

School closure legal bid:

A pupil has taken legal action against Education Minister John O'Dowd for

approving the closure of an east Belfast school.

John O'Dowd

Lawyers representing the child want the High Court to overturn the decision to shut down Avoniel Primary.

Money and health

Health Minister, Simon Hamilton, is

briefing the health committee for the first time since he was appointed to the role.

Simon Hamilton

He says that since he joined the assembly in 2007, debates about health have been characterised by budget and resources.

"The debate around health in this place has been almost less a debate about health and more about money," he adds.

City Airport's Heathrow priority:

.@BELFASTCITY_AIR welcomes news over 3rd Heathrow runway. "Priority is to maintain our Heathrow capacity until expansion is realised.”

Flags U-turn denied:


denies it's made a U-turn over its response to the flying of unionist flags on the Ormeau Road in Belfast.


Last summer, the PSNI said it would treat the flying of any flags in area as a

breach of the peace. But this year it says it's an issue for the local community to resolve.

Rail repairs:

EU funding of €24 million (£17m) will be used to upgrade two railway lines in Northern Ireland.


It will include upgrading the Coleraine to Londonderry rail line and repairing tracks on the Knockmore to Lurgan line.

Seeing red:

Guess what side of the Irish Sea is seeing the highest temperatures today? The clue's in the colour. 

Hot in England at 34°C for some. Almost 20°C cooler along the west coast of Ireland!

Hot in England at 34°C for some. Almost 20°C cooler along the west coast of Ireland!

Operation Exposure:

A teenager from Londonderry has

lost a Supreme Court battle over the Police Service of Northern Ireland's use of images of children suspected of being involved in riots.


The 18-year-old, who was 14 at the time, was involved in serious rioting in the city in July 2010.

McColgan murder inquest:

Louise Cullen


An inquest into the

UDA murder of Catholic postman Daniel McColgan in 2002 has resumed at Belfast Coroner's Court - I'm there for BBC Newsline at 13:30.

Danny McColgan

Cloudy skies:

It may be dry but the sky is getting dominated by cloud at the moment. Looks like it'll stay that way for much of the day.

Lots of cloud streaming north with a risk of showers - still warm and humid. Much of the time it will be dry
Lots of cloud streaming north with a risk of showers - still warm and humid. Much of the time it will be dry

Lots of cloud streaming north with a risk of showers - still warm and humid. Much of the time it will be dry

North-South benefits:

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

Prime Minister David Cameron says welfare arrangements in the UK are far more generous than those available in the Irish Republic.

House of Commons

David Cameron was

answering a question from the SDLP MP Mark Durkan, who asked him to consider cross border working families in any benefit changes.

McGovern accused retrial:

County Tyrone man Mark Donnelly, who is accused of killing of teenager Jason McGovern, will face a

fourth trial.

Jason McGovern

The 19-year-old from County Monaghan died after being

attacked on a night out in Omagh in 2012. Mark Donnelly has always denied the charge of manslaughter.

Fraud and theft charges:

A 38-year-old man has been charged with 31 fraud and theft offences at a number of towns across Northern Ireland.


The alleged thefts happened between 17 May and 23 June, 2014. The man is due before Belfast Magistrates' court today.

Prime Minister's Questions:

. @David_Cameron tells @markdurkan that welfare arrangements in the UK are far more generous than what is available in Republic of Ireland


Glenavon's opponents from Belarus have touched down at Belfast International.

FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk arriving from Minsk ahead of their Europa League qualifier against @Glenavon_FC tomorrow

FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk arriving from Minsk ahead of their Europa League qualifier against @Glenavon_FC tomorrow

Seas the day:

Here comes the sun:

Temperatures are reaching 22C in parts of Antrim, Armagh and Down this lunchtime - what's the weather like where you are?

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White Park Bay
Glenn Miles

Thanks to Glenn Miles for getting in touch - he's snapped White Park bay near Ballycastle in County Antrim.