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  1. Updates for Wednesday 13 April 2016
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Thursday
  3. Image: Castleward, County Down (by Daryl Young)

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  1. Goodnight

    That's it for another day on BBC News NI Live. We're back in the morning at 07:00 for the latest news, weather and updates. Do join us then.

  2. Katie Taylor - on the road to Rio?

    Reigning Olympic boxing champion Katie Taylor scored a comfortable victory against Denmark's Yvonne Rasmussen this afternoon in the quarter-finals of the European Olympic qualifying tournament.

    Katie Taylor

    She may have won gold in London four years ago but still needs to reach the final in Turkey this week to book her place to Brazil. She is now one more win away. 

  3. World War One trenches plan

    A community group in Portadown is organising a commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme on 9 July.


    The open air event will include the reconstruction of a full-size World War One camp complete with trench systems.

  4. 'Bitten off thumb' to be incinerated

    Part of a man's thumb which was allegedly bitten off during a confrontation is to be incinerated, the High Court has heard.

    Laganside Courts

    It is understood the thumb was partially severed at a house in east Belfast on 7 April. It cannot be reattached. Details emerged during a bail application for Curtis Morrow, 24, of McAllister Court, Belfast, who faces charges of grievous bodily harm and assault. The application was adjourned.

  5. Who was Denis Donaldson?

    The family of ex-Sinn Féin official and republican informer Denis Donaldson have started fresh legal action after his inquest was adjourned for the 19th time. Find out more about him here.

    Denis Donaldson
  6. Please, ma'm, it's about the 'six counties

    A primary school pupil from Dublin who wrote to the Queen requesting that she "hand back" Northern Ireland to the Republic has received a reply from Buckingham Palace.  


    Reese Kilbride, 12, wrote after studying about the 1916 Easter Rising at school. The reply, written by a palace official, said: "This is not a matter in which Her Majesty would intervene".

  7. Man admits £11,000 theft during Ulster Bank 'glitch'

    A man who is a recovering alcoholic has been jailed for four months after he admitted stealing £11,000 from a faulty Ulster Bank cash machine and blowing the money on drink.

    Ulster Bank

    A judge told Peter Anthony Young, 58, of Hunter's Way, Ardglass, County Down, that he had "deliberately taken advantage '' of the major glitch in the bank's system almost four years ago.

  8. Killer back in prison for assaulting new partner

    A man convicted of killing his wife has been given another custodial sentence after assaulting his partner while on a pre-release scheme from prison.

    The victim was assaulted by 52-year-old Trevor McCandless at a shop in Cookstown on 8 January. Dungannon Magistrates Court heard that she was aware of his previous murder conviction when she entered into a relationship with him. McCandless was jailed for two months.

  9. BBC steps up hunt for new Belfast headquarters

    The BBC has instructed an agent to step up the hunt for its new headquarters in Belfast, as developers look to woo the 100,000 sq ft plus office requirement, CoStar News can reveal.

    Broadcasting House, Belfast

    Lambert Smith Hampton has been tasked by BBC Northern Ireland with finding sites. According to market sources, the Sirocco site in east Belfast and the site off Royal Avenue, close to the new Ulster University campus, feature prominently in early discussions.

  10. Five men arrested in West Belfast

     Five men have been arrested overnight in west Belfast.  


    Three were seen acting suspiciously at Finaghy Road North and were arrested on suspicion of interfering with cars. 

    An hour later, at Riverdale, following reports of a burglary, two men were arrested in a shed.

  11. Thank you very much, Constable Millar

     A US couple has praised the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) for finding their seven-year-old son after he went missing during a visit to Titanic Belfast.  


    They said they spoke to police within 15 minutes of last seeing their son and they found the boy "a mile away from the museum".

  12. Denis Donaldson: Family to take legal action

    The family of Sinn Féin official and republican informer Denis Donaldson is to take legal action against a range of official organisations and individuals in the Republic of Ireland including the Garda commissioner, attorney general and Irish justice minister over how his case has been handled. 

    Denis Donaldson

    His inquest was adjourned for the 19th time in Letterkenny, County Donegal, today. Denis Donaldson was shot dead in April 2006, months after being exposed as an agent who had worked for the police and MI5 for 20 years.His murder was claimed by the Real IRA.

  13. Francis Rowntree: Retired colonel expresses regret

    The retired lieutenant colonel who was in charge of the unit that fired a rubber bullet at 11-year-old Francis Rowntree in west Belfast in 1972 has told the family that he regrets what happened.

    Francis Rowntree

    At the inquest today, Trevor Veitch said: "It's extremely sad what happened and clearly I regret it. I regret it's taken 44 years for the family to get the information they were seeking."

  14. Police break into car to save dog

    Police broke into a parked car at Station Road in Moneymore last year to save a dog which was in the boot. 

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  15. Mother of legal highs victim speaks out

    The mother of a teenager who died after taking so-called legal highs says she's concerned that proposed legislation doesn't go far enough. Adele Wallace's son, Adam, was found dead in an estate in Newtownards. 

    Adele Wallace

    Ms Wallace told the BBC she has "major concerns" because a ban on the drugs in the Republic of Ireland "hasn't been working." She added that her son's death had been "a parent's worst nightmare".