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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 4 April 2016
  2. Investigation after woman's death in Lurgan
  3. Peru drug smuggler tells of 'moment of madness'
  4. Picture: Murlough Bay, County Antrim (by Jenny Ebbage)

Live Reporting

By Fiona Murray and Ross McKee

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    That's all from BBC News NI's Local Live service today.  

    Daffodils in Roe Valley

    We'll be back from 7am tomorrow with more news, sport and weather but until then you can keep up to date with BBC News NI on Twitter.

  2. Murder inquiry launched after body found in Lurgan

    Police have begun a murder investigation after the body of Laura Marshall, 31, was discovered in Lurgan on Sunday.

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  3. Gang with Irish links jailed for £57m art and rhino horn thefts

    Seven members of an organised crime gang with links to the Republic of Ireland have been jailed in England for their roles in stealing artefacts worth up to £57m from museums and an auction house.  

    Stolen artefacts

    The gang have been dubbed the Rathkeale Rovers because of their links to the County Limerick town. The items stolen in England in 2012 included Chinese jade and rhino horn.

  4. Driver dies after Lisburn crash

    A man in his 60s has died after a crash in Lisburn, County Antrim.

    Police accident sign

    He was the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the collision at the junction of Belfast Road and Wallace Avenue at about 3pm.  The junction is cordoned off and diversions are in place. 

  5. Abortion pills prosecution 'medieval' says Alliance MLA

    Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn reacts on Twitter after a woman who bought drugs on the internet to induce a miscarriage was given a suspended prison sentence.

    Trevor Lunn

    Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland unless a woman's life or health is seriously at risk and the woman, who was 19 at the time, was unable to raise enough money to travel to England for a termination.  Mr Lunn tweeted that such treatment of women is "medieval and embarrassing".

  6. Get your fingers tapping with iWonder's country music guide

    From Cork to Conlig the popularity of country music is on the march across the island of Ireland.

    Keepin Er' Country

    You can find out why it is proving so popular in this BBC iWonder guide and learn the science behind the stetsons.

  7. Fire at east Belfast flat under investigation

    Six fire engines have been involved in fighting a fire at a second-floor flat in east Belfast. No-one was inside when the blaze was reported at about 2.15pm, but a man in a neighbouring flat was alerted by a smoke alarm.

    Fire crews outside the flat on Albertbridge Road

    Buses were diverted for a short time until the fire was extinguished. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. 

  8. Driver who rammed police vehicle during car chase is jailed

    A banned driver who caused £13,000 worth of damage to two police vehicles during a stolen car chase in west Belfast has been jailed for 18 months.  

    Laganside court complex, Belfast

    Paul Liam Valliday, from John Blacking House in Belfast, was already disqualified from driving when he repeatedly rammed one of the police vehicles on Divis Street in June 2014.  He was convicted of nine charges including aggravated vehicle taking causing damage and carrying an imitation firearm in public. 

  9. March was a drier and sunnier month in NI than average

    Armagh Observatory reports that March 2016 was slightly drier, milder and sunnier than average.

    Armagh Observatory

    It said there were more than a dozen days with little or no rain at all in Northern Ireland last month.

  10. £2m donation for visitor facilities at Hillsborough Castle

    A charitable trust has donated £2m towards improving public visitor facilities at Hillsborough Castle in County Down - the Queen's official residence in Northern Ireland.   

    Hillsborough Castle

    The donation was made by the Garfield Weston Foundation, and a new welcome centre on the 100-acre estate will be named after the Weston family, in recognition of their financial contribution to the project.

  11. Update: Royal Mail alert ends as white powder found to be 'harmless'

    An alert that began after white powder leaked from a package at the Northern Ireland Mail Centre in Mallusk, County Antrim, has ended.

    Mail Centre, Mallusk

    Firefighters and police were called to the scene on Monday morning but after examining the substance, it has been declared "harmless".  A Royal Mail spokesperson said: "The building was not evacuated and there is no impact on our collection and sorting operations."