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  1. Updates for Wednesday 18 May 2016
  2. Irish Foreign Affairs minister visits Belfast
  3. Weapons find 'one of most significant in years'
  4. Picture: Portavogie Harbour, County Down (by Clark Anderson)

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By Eunan McConville and Nuala McCann

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That's all from us here on BBC News NI Live. It's shaping up to be a fine, bright evening, so go on - make the most of it. We're back bright and early at 07:00 tomorrow.

The weather will keep us guessing

You can get the latest forecast by clicking here. For a full weather update and outlook for the next five days, visit the BBC Weather website.

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Staff locked themselves in room to escape armed robber

Staff at a premises in Summerhill Avenue, Belfast, locked themselves in a room to escape an armed robber on Monday.


The man, who was wearing a balaclava and armed with a knife, is described as being approximately 5'7" tall, with a strong Belfast accent, slim build and aged in his late 20s or 30s. It's believed a sum of money and a laptop were stolen.

Paws up for Mike and Finn at Belfast trials

Belfast to Cairnryan ferry 'used to traffic puppy-farmed dogs'

The ferry operator Stena Line is to crack down on illegal puppy dealers found to be using its Belfast to Cairnryan service.


News of the move follows a BBC investigation which highlighted how the route was being used to traffic puppy-farmed dogs into Scotland.

Take a trip down memory lane

A new tool created by the BBC allows you to create a slideshow of photos, music and programme clips.

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By entering your name, date of birth and some of your interests, you can create a show for a friend, relative or elderly person.

Upset over exam's drunk rats question

Julian Fowler


A GCSE biology paper featuring questions on drunk rats and teenage drinking has left some County Fermanagh pupils in tears.


They said the examination did not cover the subject areas that they had been taught.

Man suffers head injuries after Omagh assault

A man in his 20s is in hospital with head and facial injuries after becoming the victim of a serious assault in Omagh town centre.

PSNI officers

The attack happened in the early hours of Sunday morning near Sally's Hill. Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

McGuinness tells press pack to 'look after' BBC journalist in new role

Deputy Fist Minister Martin McGuinness has welcomed BBC journalist Enda McClafferty in his new role as political correspondent. 

Martin McGuinness

He said: "He's from my own city and I want you all to look after him".  

Cliftonville skipper George McMullan to retire

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Cliftonville captain George McMullan has announced his retirement from the game after playing for the north Belfast club for 15 years.

George McMullan
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The 34-year-old skippered his side to their two Irish Premiership league title successes in 2013 and 2014.

US consul remembers lost airmen

US Consul General Daniel Lawton laid flowers earlier today at the Graan memorial in Fermanagh to US airmen killed in an aeroplane crash in World War II.

The Graan

Former GAA star alleging failure to provide medical treatment

A former Tyrone GAA star is taking legal action over alleged failures to provide medical treatment for his delusional disorder.

Sean Hackett

Sean Hackett,21, is currently serving a minimum seven-year sentence for the manslaughter of his father, Aloysius, in January 2013.   

Collision on M2 heading north causing delays

Man and woman arrested on suspicion of armed robery

A 26-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.


It happened at commercial premises on the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast last night at about 23.50. Police said no members of staff were hurt, but they were left badly shaken.   

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£11,000 worth of cannabis seized

A 59-year-old man has been charged following the seizure of cannabis plants worth £11,000 at a house in Abbey Road, Newtownards, on Tuesday.

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He has been charged with cultivating cannabis, possession and intent to supply Class B drugs, dishonestly using electricity and preventing a meter from registering electricity.

KPMG tax evasion probe 'was publicity stunt'

An investigation into suspected tax evasion targeted four former partners at Belfast accountancy firm KPMG in a publicity stunt, a court has been told.


Campaigners appear in Londonderry court

Two environmental campaigners have appeared in court charged with blocking a road outside Londonderry Port and the Harbour Commissioners premises at Lisahally last month. 

Londonderry Magistrates Court

61-year-old Eamon O'Donnell and 27-year-old Paul Hughes both from Campion Court in the Waterside area of Derry denied committing the offence on 25 April. Both were released on bail.

PSNI linking Southampton arrest with Belfast drug seizure

The PSNI have arrested a 46-year-old man in Southampton on suspicion of drug offences.


The PSNI say the arrest relates to the seizure of herbal cannabis in the Skegoneill area of north Belfast on 8 March.

Overnight child respite care in NI 'full to capacity'

A number of local families, who have children with challenging behavioural problems, have been told they will have to wait several years before they can access overnight respite care.

Donna Jennings and her son Micah

One mother was told her eight-year-old son will probably have to wait two years.

It wouldn't be NI if there wasn't a bit of rain

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Dublin boxing weigh-in murder: Fourth man arrested

A fourth man has been arrested in connection with the murder of David Byrne, who was killed at a boxing weigh-in in Dublin. He is in his mid-50s.

Scene of the shooting

A father and son were arrested in connection with the case yesterday. Another person also remains in custody.

Squad goals: Here's the team for Friday's match against Belarus

SDLP Executive decision 'next week'

HMRC searches described as a "public stunt"

Beggs to meet senior police officers following ammunition find

Ulster Unionist MLA, Roy Beggs, says he will meet with the Supt of Mid and East Antrim PSNI following the discovery of terrorist ammunition in Capanagh Forest.

Pipe bombs

He says the find raised "a series of questions", including whether "sufficient resources were being directed to tracking suspected terrorists".

Mountain Biker injured in Kilbroney, County Down

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'Make up your mind time'

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness says it is "make up your mind time" for the SDLP and Alliance Party.

He says he is still hopeful that they will be part of the new executive.

Martin McGuinness

The Alliance Party's ruling council is due to meet tomorrow to decide if it will join the executive.

US Consul marks Eisenhower visit 72 years ago

US Consul General Daniel Lawton (right) is on his first official visit to County Fermanagh where he is marking the anniversary of General Eisenhower's visit, 72 years ago.

US Consul

He laid flowers at the Graan memorial to US airmen killed in a plane crash nearby during World War II.

Man escapes injury in Cookstown gun attack

Two shots were fired through the living room window of a house in the Tullyveagh Road area of Cookstown, early on Tuesday morning. 


Police said a 45-year-old man was in the house at the time, but was not injured. The attack is being treated as attempted murder.

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Families 'face two-year wait for respite care'

Marie-Louise Connolly

BBC News NI Health Correspondent

Some families who have children with challenging behavioural problems have been told they will have to wait several years before they can access overnight respite care as the system is full to capacity.


Families told the BBC that, in some areas, there is a two-year waiting list.

Family fears for man missing for over six months

The family of a pensioner from Londonderry who went missing six months ago have said they 'fear for his safety'.

John Concannon
Concannon family

John Concannon has dementia and hearing difficulties and went missing on Tuesday 10 November.

Teenager admits killing passenger and injuring elderly nun in crash

A 17 year old has admitted killing his back seat passenger and injuring an elderly nun by dangerous driving while he was being chased by police.

scene of crash
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The teenager, who cannot be identified because of his age, admitted causing the death of Conal Daly, 18, from north Belfast and causing grievous bodily injury to Josephine McAteer, a nun in her 70s, by driving dangerously on the Saintfield Road on the outskirts of Belfast on 16 October 2014. 

Stormont ministers 'to be appointed on Wednesday'

Northern Ireland gets mention in Queen's Speech

The British government will work in Northern Ireland "to secure further progress in implementing the Stormont House and Fresh Start Agreements", the Queen has said in her Speech.

The Queen

Talkback: Eamon McCann rules himself out of justice ministry

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He said the role of People Before Profit was to hold the parties to account.