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  1. Updates for Wednesday 25 November 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 07:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Fiona Murray and Erinn Kerr

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    That's all from us at BBC News NI Live for today, but we'll be back tomorrow from 07:00 with more of the latest - you can stay up to date in the meantime online and on BBC Radio Ulster.

    Have a great evening.

  2. Plenty of rain but warmer

    Angie Phillips

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    A damp end to the night and likely a damp start tomorrow as well, but the full forecast shows that temperatures are climbing again.

    Thursday weather
  3. M1 off slip to close to remove overturned lorry

    The overturned lorry on the M1 near Broadway in Belfast is causing a lot of disruption this evening - best to look for alternative routes if you're on your way home.

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  4. Controlled explosion in County Derry

    A controlled explosion has been carried out on a device in the Feeny area near Dungiven.

    Feeny alert

    The security alert is expected to continue until tomorrow. Superintendent John Magill says: "This is the second security alert in the area since mid-November. Again, we have had road closures and disruption caused to the rural community."

  5. Plan for NI's largest illegal landfill site

    Conor Macauley

    BBC NI Environment Correspondent

    Authorities are closer to a plan to deal with the biggest illegal landfill in the country - that's according to the Department of the Environment.

    Landfill site

    It's believed that a million cubic metres of waste is in the Mobuoy site near Derry, beside the River Faughan - an important salmon river. It says it could be a year before a final plan is in place.

  6. Court hears of complaint against Frank Cushnahan

    Former Nama adviser Frank Cushnahan is being investigated police after a complaint was made by a prominent Belfast businessman, the High Court has heard.

    Frank Cushnahan

    Details of the complaint emerged during property developer Gareth Graham's ongoing legal battle with US investment fund Cerberus.

  7. Tribute to accident victim

    A friend of Joseph McDermott, one of the men killed in a construction accident in Perth, Australia, has paid tribute to him, saying he was a "really likeable and funny guy".

    "It's really tragic for him to take that big step and move out to Australia and make a life for himself out there and it be cut short in tragic circumstances," says Matt Mathers. "It's difficult to take."

  8. Santa mail

    Derry Journal

    Children across Derry are being encouraged to get writing their Christmas lists now that the special Santa's Post Box has opened at Guildhall Square in the city.

    Santa's post box

    Letters will be delivered straight from the post box to the big guy in the North Pole.

  9. Sham marriages arrests

    More than 200 police have been involved in a major search and arrest operation in the Republic targeting sham marriage and immigration offences.

    Sham marriage

    They arrested 11 people on Wednesday morning and carried out 42 searches at homes and businesses.

  10. Attacker 'got off easy'

    The mother of Scott Vineer, a teenager with autism who was attacked in 2012, says that Ryan Craig "got off easy" after being sentenced to five years in jail for grievous bodily harm.

    Helen-Louise Doney

    "When we came to court last week, we heard that Craig could have been given a 15-year sentence, so we're a bit disappointed he didn't get 15 years," says Helen-Louise Doney.

  11. Archive: Lifetime achievement award for Best

    BBC NI Archive

    Today, we've been remembering George Best on the ten-year anniversary of his death and delving into archives for more footage of the Manchester United and Northern Ireland legend.

    George Best

    In this clip from 2002, Best was presented with the lifetime achievement award at the BBC's Sport Personality of the Year by his former teammate Sir Bobby Charlton.

  12. Soldier denies 'making up' inquest evidence

    Will Leitch

    BBC News NI

    A former soldier giving evidence at an inquest into the Army killing of Harry Thornton in Belfast in 1971 has denied making up his version of events.

    Harry Thornton

    Mr Thornton, 29, was shot dead as he drove past Springfield Road police station. A witness, who was a teenage soldier at the time, was questioned by the Thornton family lawyers earlier today.

  13. Illegal waste

    Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has said his department are looking at a number of different options for dealing with the biggest illegal landfill in Northern Ireland.

    Dumped rubbish

    Estimates have put the cost of fixing the problem at Mobuoy near Londonderry beside the River Faughan at about £800,000. Officials from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency will present the options to a stakeholder meeting in Derry later today.

  14. Archive: Paying respects to George Best

    It's ten years since the death of George Best - this archive footage looks back on the public mourning that took places across Belfast and the UK after he died. 

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  15. Joe Swail win after surgery

    BBC Sport NI

    Belfast man Joe Swail, who is currently ranked number 58 in the world, has won the first round of the UK Snooker Championship after having laser eye surgery.

    Joe Swail

    He told BBC Sport: "When I was getting up in the morning, I couldn't really see anything. I have had a lot of bad results and knew something wasn't right, I got my eyes tested and they found something wrong so I got it corrected. I had to do something drastic."

  16. Poison and kidnap charges

    Gordon Adair

    BBC News NI

    A Polish man who allegedly kidnapped and poisoned two fellow Eastern Europeans has been in court in Craigavon.

    Craigavon Crown Court

    Mieczyslaw Krepacki, from Chapel Hill Mews in Lisburn, faces a string of charges from three different dates. He'll appear again in court on 7 December.

  17. Sense of grief in Omagh 'palpable'

    A Sinn Féin councillor who is a friend of one of the young men killed in Perth, Australia, earlier today, has said he was "the loveliest fella you could have come across".

    Builders in Perth, Australia

    Sorcha McAnepsie said the man, who is from Omagh and believed to be in his 20s, had not been in Australia long. She said the sense of grief in the town was "palpable" and the people of Omagh would do whatever they could to help the man's family.

  18. Perth reporter at construction accident

    ABC News reporter Laura Gartry was at the scene of the Perth construction accident in which two men from Northern Ireland have died - she says it's understood that a "large concrete slab" fell on the men as it was being lifted off a truck.

    Construction accident

    "A witness I spoke to, who lives nearby, heard a large crash and he came out to find two men under the slab," she says.

    "He then helped other workers get the slab up, they were putting wooden planks underneath to try and relieve the men but, as we understand, both men had died by the time the police arrived."

  19. Man dies after being pulled from water

    A man has died after being pulled from the river close to Portora Wharf in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

    Police car

    Police received a report at about 10:28 on Tuesday of a man in the water. Insp Rory Hoy said: "Emergency services were tasked along with the police boat. He was recovered into the police boat and was brought to shore. He was conveyed to hospital for treatment."

  20. Student charged with murder of mum

    A 25-year-old student has been charged with the murder of his mother Marian Horgan at the family home in Cork.

    Paul Horgan

    Paul Horgan, of Murmont Avenue, Montenotte, was brought before Cork District Court today where he was remanded in custody. He will also undergo psychiatric assessment.

  21. House damaged in Carrowdore

    BBC News NI reporter Mervyn Jess has sent us these images from Carrowdore in County Down where police are investigating damage to a house and reports of a loud bang.


    Windows, an oil tank and the back door were damaged at about 03:20 this morning.

  22. ABC reporter at site of Perth construction accident

    Laura Gartry, a reporter with ABC News in Australia, is tweeting from the construction site where two men were killed in an accident this morning. 

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  23. Firm confirms construction deaths

    The construction company behind the apartment block in Australia where two workers have died in an accident says its "heartfelt thoughts go out to their families, loved ones and colleagues".

    In a statement published on its website, Jaxon Construction says: "We are co-operating fully with the relevant authorities and will make further announcements as additional information becomes available."

  24. Men killed from Tyrone and Londonderry

    Ulster Herald

    The two men killed in a construction accident in Australia are believed to be from County Tyrone and County Londonderry, the Ulster Herald is reporting.

  25. Post update

  26. BreakingTwo men die in Australia accident

    Two construction workers believed to be from Northern Ireland have been killed in an accident in Australia.

    Reports say that the men in their 20s were working on an apartment block in Perth when a construction slab fell on them.

  27. Suspended GP defends methods

    A doctor behind an alternative medicine centre who has been suspended by the General Medical Council says he has always acted "through conscience".

    Synergy healthcare clinic in Belfast

    Dr Finbar Magee founded Synergy Healthcare on the Cregagh Road in Belfast and in May, RTÉ's Prime Time programme reported he had prescribed a supplement to treat a child's autism which had a includes the main ingredient of bleach.

  28. Listen: Composer speaks about Best film

    A film released in 1971 which focuses on George Best for an entire football match has been given a reworking on the 10th anniversary of the star's death.

    George Best

    Football as Never Before, was made by German director Hellmuth Costard. Dubliner Matthew Nolan, who has composed a new musical score for the film, spoke to BBC Northern Ireland's Dublin correspondent, Shane Harrison.

  29. Judge: Victim will never be released

    A judge told Ryan Craig (pictured) his victim would never be released from the "imprisonment he had subjected him to". Craig was jailed for five years for attacking and beating Scott Vineer in 2012.

    Ryan Craig

    Craig pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He claimed others were present and that he beat Scott with a piece of discarded skirting board.

  30. BreakingBreaking News

    Man jailed for attack on teen

    A 20-year-old man has been jailed for five years for attacking and beating an autistic teenager in Lisburn in 2012.

    Scott Vineer

    Ryan Craig, of Ashmount Gardens, Lisburn, was also sentenced to five years on supervised licence for the attack on Scott Vineer.

  31. No injuries in lorry blaze

    It is understood that an exploding tyre caused a lorry on the M1 motorway to burst into flames earlier this morning.

    Lorry fire

    Police say no injuries have been reported. The M1 eastbound inside lane after junction 10 Lurgan is now closed whilst the lorry is being recovered.

  32. Spence shares memories of Belfast Boy

    Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Guy Spence told Good Morning Ulster he refused to enter the house where he was due to meet George Best as a child because he had never played for Liverpool.

    George Best with son Callum and pictured playing football

    Mr Spence, an avid Liverpool fan, was speaking on the tenth anniversary of George's death. He said he was eventually coaxed in by the "down-to-earth, modest character".

  33. Arrests after attempted burglary

    Three men, aged 23, 25 and 28 have been arrested following an attempted burglary near Banbridge, County Down.

    PSNI logo

    Three men were caught trying to gain entry to a shed on Huntly Road at about 20:00 on Tuesday 24 November. A Honda Accord car was stopped by police conducting searches of the area later and seized.

  34. McGuiness response

    Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness has responded to claims he should be questioned by police over the murder of IRA man Frank Hegarty by saying he had "absolutely no role" in the man's death.

    Martin McGuiness

    He said: "I became involved with the family on being told that Frank Hegarty - a well-known Derry republican - had informed them that he had been abducted and taken to England by British intelligence agents. It was my duty as a public representative to assist the family. I did this to the best of my ability but there was little I could do."

  35. Growing up was 'nightmare'

    The son of an IRA informer who was shot dead almost 30 years ago has told the BBC he believes that Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness should be questioned about his father's murder.

    Rya Hegarty

    Frank Hegarty was killed in 1986 after coming out of hiding. Speaking for the first time since his father's death, Ryan Hegarty says he went through a "nightmare" growing up in Londonderry after his dad's murder. He says he was accused of being a "tout" from the age of five.

  36. Police investigating 'loud bang'

    Police are investigating damage to a property in Carrowdore, near Newtownards, County Down.

    A loud bang was reported at the back of the house in Main Street at about 03:20 and damage was caused to windows, an oil tank and the back door. There were no reports of any injuries.

  37. Two released

    Two people, who were arrested after the seizure of ammunition and bomb-making equipment in west Belfast, have been released pending reports to the Public Prosecution Service.

    Bomb-making materials found in searches in west Belfast

    The 44-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were arrested after police searches on Sunday.

  38. Lorry blaze

    Here is another picture of the lorry that was on fire this morning on the M1 motorway.

    Lorry on fire

    Thanks to Stephen Hegarty for sending it to us.

  39. 'Minimum notice'

    Good Morning Ulster

    Evelyn Hoy, the Chief Executive of the Commissioner for Older people in Northern Ireland, has told the BBC's Good Morning Ulster that Four Seasons Health Care gave the "minimum amount of notice required" for the closure of seven care homes.

    Elderly person holding cane

    The company will now begin a 12-week period of discussions with families and health care trusts. None of the homes will close before the end of February 2016.

  40. Closure impact 'should be minimised'

    Good Morning Ulster

    East Belfast MLA Andy Allen has told BBC's Good Morning Ulster programme he will meet managers from Four Seasons Health Care, which has announced it would close seven homes in Northern Ireland, later today.

    Four Seasons Care Homes to close

    He says he will seek assurances that the company will do its best to minimise the impact of the closures on staff and residents. Two of the care homes due to close are in his constituency.

  41. Lorry fire causing delays

    Mervyn Breen sent us in this picture of the lorry on fire between junctions nine and ten on the M1.

    Lorry fire on M1

    The vehicle is on the hard shoulder but both lanes of the M1 have been closed. Delays are to be expected.

  42. Tribute to George Best ten years after his death

    It's ten years since the death of soccer legend George Best, and to mark the anniversary there will be a special performance in Carlow tonight.

    Musicians will play along live to a German film from 1971, in which eight cameras follow the footballer's every move on the pitch. 

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  43. Bill passes through Lords

    The Northern Ireland Welfare Reform Bill last night passed through the House of Lords.

    Fresh Start bill

    The next step in the process of the bill becoming law is Royal Assent. The bill, which will see powers over the welfare system handed over to Westminster, was given accelerated passage through the House of Commons of Monday night despite objections from SDLP and UUP MPs.

  44. Pedestrian killed

    A woman in her 30s has died after being struck by a car in County Armagh at about 21:45 on Tuesday.

    The crash happened on the Moy Road in Portadown. Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

  45. Spending review

    John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

    The Chancellor will today lay out tough plans for the next four years in a comprehensive spending review.


    The review will determine the amount of money Stormont gets from Westminster. One think-tank has calculated that Stormont's departmental spending could be cut by about £400m in real terms by 2019/20.

  46. Good morning

    Erinn Kerr

    Good morning and welcome back to BBC News NI Live this morning. It's Wednesday 25 November and we'll be here until 19:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel. We hope you can stay with us.