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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 3 August 2016
  2. Man dies after two-vehicle crash in Claudy
  3. More than 1,000 fish killed in County Londonderry river
  4. Transgender woman wants to rejoin Orange Order
  5. Picture: Ballywalter, County Down (by Morris Duncan)

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By Niall Glynn and Tori Watson

All times stated are UK

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That's it from the BBC News NI Live for Wednesday 3 August. Join us tomorrow at 07:00 when we'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather!

Police investigate Orange Hall graffiti

Police are investigating an attack on an Orange Hall in Crumlin, County Antrim.

Police
BBC

It's believed sectarian graffiti was spray painted onto the building on the Antrim Road some time between midnight and early this afternoon.   

Irish police carry out puppy swoop

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Interest rate cut 'foregone conclusion'

Lisburn bomb target 'most likely a person'

Police say that the target of a bomb found in Lisburn at the weekend was most likely a person, rather than a location. 

Lisburn alert
BBC

It's believed the bomb may have fallen from a vehicle in the city centre on Saturday afternoon. A controlled explosion was carried out in Market Street to make the bomb safe.   

Crash on Great George's Street

Tourists left shaken after bus attack in west Belfast

A group of Asian tourists have been left shaken after their bus was attacked in west Belfast about an hour ago.

Stones were thrown at the bus. Coach driver Mark Coulter from McCombs Coach Travel told Radio Ulster's Evening Extra that they were shocked and wanted to go back to their hotel.

"I feel terrible for them, it is disgraceful for the country," he said. 

'Don't take dead fish from Faughan'

Lyric Theatre foyer is officially 'divine'

Call to extend undercover policing inquiry to NI

Northern Ireland's justice minister has backed calls for an extension to an inquiry into controversial undercover police units working for Scotland Yard.

Scotland Yard
BBC

The Pitchford Inquiry is investigating allegations of misconduct by undercover officers in England and Wales.  

What do you wish you knew?

Will it be fourth time lucky?

Ards FC still have nowhere to call home

Three years ago, Ards Football Club had been hoping to turn a local landfill site into their new ground.

Movilla
Hamilton Architects

Without a home to call their own for over a decade, the nomads of the Irish League thought they might just be seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

But it has all fallen through as the anticipated lease from the local borough council has not materialised. 

As BBC NI Sport reports, they're not giving up!

Ireland number one Chloe set for her third Olympics

Ireland's number one badminton player Chloe Magee is set to take part in her third Olympic Games in Rio.

Chloe Magee
Inpho

The Donegal woman faced a long, hard road to qualify for the Games, competing in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Silage effluent suspected source of Faughan fish kill

More than 1,000 fish have been killed over several kilmetres of the River Faughan near Claudy, the Department of Agriculture has confirmed.

fish
Lucan Newland

In a statement, it said the cause of the fish kill is suspected to be silage effluent. Its officers are working to source the pollution.

We can hardly wait!

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Woman, 32, arrested over £25,000 cannabis haul

Police have arrested a 32-year-old woman on suspicion of drugs related offences after an apartment at Custom House Square, Belfast, was searched yesterday.

Cannabis
BBC

Cannabis with an estimated value of £25,000 was seized. The woman was arrested at a separate address in north Belfast and has been released on bail.

MP calls for urgent investigation into fish kill

East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell has called for an urgent investigation into the fish kill on the River Faughan at Claudy. He called it "a pollution tragedy".

Fish kill
BBC

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald said penalties for polluting rivers were, at times, "not a sufficient deterrent". 

Drier this evening

Brexit boost for tourism?

The seaside town of Portrush is enjoying a revival after its reinvention, with local traders citing the Brexit vote and a weaker pound as factors boosting tourism.

Fairground rides in Portrush
BBC

Linfield sign new players

David Healy says he has added more international experience to Linfield FC by signing midfielders Josh Carson and Stephen Fallon.  

Linfield
BBC Sport

Former Ipswich Town and York City player Carson has won four senior caps for Northern Ireland, while Fallon has represented NI at youth level.

£6m business park 'has created no jobs'

App launched to help Irish fans in Rio

Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan has  launched a smartphone app for Irish fans travelling to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic and Paralympic games. 

Charlie Flanagan
BBC

The App, called 'TravelWise, will provide users with up-to-date security and health updates.  

Officer's family 'hurt' by Bobby Sands film

On your marks...

Health minister 'fully understands' wish to make Prep more available

Health Minister Michelle O'Neill says there are around 95 new diagnoses of HIV in Northern Ireland every year and she fully understands the desire to make the drug Prep more widely available.

Michelle O'Neill
BBC

"Any decision on the provision of Prep in the north of Ireland will be based on the best available clinical evidence to achieve optimal public health outcomes within the resources available," she said.

Man arrested in Portstewart over cocaine finds

A 34-year-old man has been arrested in Portstewart on suspicion of conspiracy to supply a class A drug. 

Cocaine
BBC

It follows the seizure of cocaine at Nutts Corner last November and in Belfast in February. The man was arrested at Milrush Drive this morning.

Dublin-bound M1 crash

Ex-champ Collins says Frampton can be all-time great

Four Irish people caught up in Dubai airline drama

Four people from Ireland are believed to be among 300 caught up in the Emirates airline flight from India which crash-landed at Dubai International Airport.

Emirates crash
Hayen Ayari

Images posted online show thick black smoke coming from the plane, with no landing gear visible.The Dubai government media office said all passengers had been evacuated safely.

On BBC Newsline this lunchtime

Man who drove at 37mph in 30 banned for six months

A 29-year-old man has been banned from driving for six months after breaking the speed limit by seven mph. 

Police speed camera
BBC

Eugene Gerard McErlean of Mullaghnamoyagh Road was driving at 37mph on Main Street in Dessertmartin, last October. He failed to appear at Magherafelt Magistrates Court on two occasions. 

Owning a home - why does that matter?

Road reopens after fatal crash

58 arrests over dissident activity

Police in Lurgan have arrested 58 people in relation to dissident activity over the course of three days during the Easter period. According to their facebook page, which refers to those involved as 'Dissident Dan', the total number of arrests will increase as investigations continue. 

Dissident Dan
PSNI Lurgan

Chief Inspector Burrows said "Any incidents which are shrouded in hatred, intimidation, paramilitarism, or large scale or organised violence will be dealt with robustly."

Fish kill in River Faughan 'like horror movie'

 A pollution spill that killed more than 1,000 fish in County Londonderry has been described as like "something out of a horror movie."  

River Faughan
BBC

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency is investigating the cause of the pollution in the River Faughan.