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  1. Updates for Thursday 25 August 2016
  2. Marine arrested in terrorism investigation named as Ciaran Maxwell from Larne
  3. Easyjet Belfast-bound flight delayed due to fight between air stewards
  4. Some 30,000 NI students learn their GCSE results
  5. Picture: Glenarm Marina, County Antrim (by Ian Mcilroy)

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By Ross McKee

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That's all from us for today. BBC News NI Live will be back at 07:00 tomorrow. Until then, you can keep up to date with the latest news on our website, on BBC Newsline and on Radio Ulster bulletins. 

County Down
Paul McFarland

 Before we go, we thought we'd leave you with Paul McFarland's image of blue skies and rolling hills in County Down today - thanks Paul!  

Orange Order meet PSNI over ongoing attacks

Senior representatives of the Orange Institution met the PSNI this afternoon to express their concern over ongoing attacks on Orange halls across Northern Ireland. 

Orange Hall damaged in arson attack

Last week, Salterstown Orange hall in County Londonderry was extensively damaged in an arson attack. It was the 21st reported incident targeting Orange property this year.

Early showers and sunny spells tomorrow

That was a day for the beach, but what about tomorrow? Get the full forecast here. 

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'Officer hotstuff' keeps feet on the ground...

The PSNI detective superintendent at the centre of the #officerhotstuff story insists his colleagues are keeping him "well grounded" after his well meant advice for Tennents Vital fans turned him into a bit of a sex symbol.

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eBay to close Dundalk office

Internet auction site eBay has told staff at an office in the Republic of Ireland that the facility will close next year.

It is understood 150 people work at the office in Dundalk, County Louth

It's understood 150 people work at the office in Dundalk, County Louth. The company has not said how many staff will be impacted by the closure.

Couple who died 45 years apart to the day are buried together

A couple who died exactly 45 years apart were buried together today. Hundreds of mourners gathered in west Belfast for the funeral of Mary Murphy, the widow of Joseph Murphy, who was shot in Ballymurphy in the 1970s.

Funeral of Mary and Joseph Murphy

Joseph Murphy's remains, which were exhumed last year, were released by the coroner this week so that the couple could be buried together.  

Vital buses transferring music fans every 12 minutes

Delays on Stockmans Lane and Boucher Road

Family of late singer hit out after burglary

Man arrested after £80k drugs found in Omagh

A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged after police uncovered drugs with a potential street value of up to £80,000 in Omagh. 

Herbal cannabis and Diazepam tablets were seized following searches

Herbal cannabis and diazepam tablets were seized following searches, along with a significant amount of money believed to be the proceeds of crime.   

Disruption to Coleraine - Londonderry railway line services

Due to a major engineering project to complete the re-signalling works and a passing loop on the Coleraine to Londonderry railway line, some weekend Translink services will be cancelled. 

Closures will take place on Sunday 28 August

Closures will take place on Sunday 28 August, 10 and 11 September and Sunday 18 September. A bus substitution will be in place.   

Nursing home fined for data breach after computer stolen

A nursing home in County Antrim has been fined after a data breach relating to sensitive details about patients and staff, connected to the theft of a computer. 

A laptop containing the details was taken home by a member of staff and then stolen
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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)  launched an investigation after a laptop containing the details was taken home by a member of staff at the Whitehead Nursing Home and then stolen in a domestic burglary. Fining the home £15,000, the ICO said it had found "systematic failings" in data protection measures.

Postie goes overboard for Olympic sailor

An Irish postal worker has pushed the boat out to ensure a oddly addressed letter was delivered to Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy. 

Annalise Murphy on the podium after receiving her silver medal

Murphy has been showered with good wishes after winning a silver medal in the laser radial sailing event in Rio.  

Wells 'vindicated' by woman's prison sentence

DUP MLA Jim Wells says he feels "totally vindicated" after the sentencing of Dungannon woman Dorothy Gardner to three months in prison for wasting police time.  

Speaking outside Downpatrick Court, Mr Wells said he had no sympathy for Gardner

Speaking outside Downpatrick Court, Mr Wells said he had no sympathy for Gardner: "My political career was destroyed as a result of totally false allegations made against me...I was forced to resign as health minister and have been subjected to a torrent of abuse."

Pipe bomb found in north Belfast

A pipe bomb found in north Belfast is being linked to a racist attack on a nearby house during which a window was smashed with a rock, police have said.

It was discovered during a search of the property on Atlantic Avenue

The discovery of the pipe bomb on Atlantic Avenue led to a security alert, which has now ended. 

Robbie Keane hailed as 'world class' by Packie Bonner

Dean Shiels snapped up by Dundalk

'Constable Hotstuff' causes a stir on social media

A PSNI safety warning on social media ahead of the Tennent's Vital music festival in Belfast has become a huge success - but not for the reasons the force may have hoped.

Bobby Singleton

The vast majority of the likes, comments and shares are about the appearance of Superintendent Bobby Singleton. He has even been dubbed 'Constable Hotstuff' on the thread.

Woman sentenced for false statements about Jim Wells

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A Dungannon woman has been sentenced to three months in prison after she pleaded guilty to making false statements to police about DUP assembly member Jim Wells.

Jim Wells

Dorothy Gardner, 49, of Killycanavan Road in the town alleged she had attended a hustings meeting in Downpatrick in April 2015 during which the issue of same sex parenting was discussed. She was released on her own bail pending appeal.

Dunlop sets the pace in the Isle of Man

Michael Dunlop set the quickest time in qualifying at the 2016 Festival of Motorcycling for a third night in a row in the Isle of Man.  

Michael Dunlop
Festival of Motorcycling

The Northern Irish racer posted a lap of 123.650mph on his Classic Suzuki XR69 - in the best conditions of the week so far.  

Diversions due to north Belfast alert

Increase in numbers waiting to see consultant

The number of people here waiting more than a year to see a hospital consultant has increased, according to new Department of Health figures. 

Numbers waiting on consultant increases

The number waiting to be admitted to hospital as an inpatient has also gone up.  

Stephen Martin's family slam 'callous' burglary

The family of the late musician Stephen Martin have spoken of their added grief after his home was burgled while he was missing.  

Stephen Martin

The body of the 29-year-old, who performed under the name Rainy Boy Sleep, was found in County Sligo on 13 August.  Stephen's brother Sean said the burglary was a "deplorable act".

Best Rolls Royce up for auction

Search for missing swimmer continues off Donegal coast

The search for a swimmer who went missing off the the coast of Donegal in the Republic of Ireland has entered its third day.  

Naval dive teams help with search

It is understood he was one of a group of five swimmers who got into difficulty in the sea at Tullan Strand near Bundoran on Tuesday evening.  

Delays to Metro bus services in Belfast

PSNI sick levels are 'not sustainable'

A senior police officer has said that current levels of sick leave in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are "not sustainable".  

Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris

Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris told the BBC's Nolan Show there were currently about 330 officers on sick leave. He said this had risen by a third in the past five years.

Unexpected form of horsepower on M1

BBC Radio Foyle reviews GCSE results

Easyjet passengers 'aghast' at crew spat which delayed flight

An Easyjet passenger, who witnessed staff being removed from the plane after an argument, has said those on board were "totally aghast".

The pilot on flight EZY835 apologised to passengers for the delay caused by staff falling out

The flight was delayed by 90 minutes while the two staff involved were replaced.  

People moved from their homes in north Belfast alert

A number of people have been moved from their homes following the discovery of a suspicious object in Atlantic Avenue in north Belfast.

Security alert in north Belfast
Security alert in north Belfast

Paddy Barnes talks back after Rio

Nolan callers react to Deputy Chief Constable interview

A 'third more PSNI officers' off work due to sickness

A senior figure in the PSNI says the number of officers not working due to sickness has increased by about a third over the past five years.

PSNI crest

Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris made the comments on The Nolan Show on BBC Radio Ulster. He said stress and a rise in long-term sickness were significant factors.

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Landslide near Belfast Road at Whitehead Point

What's the outlook for the bank holiday weekend?

Jail-term warning in Enniskillen

Sun splitting the trees in Londonderry

Lesley Garrett to perform at BBC Proms in the Park in Belfast

Internationally-acclaimed soprano Lesley Garrett and Broadway performer John Owen-Jones have been secured for this year's BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland.

Lesley Garrett

The event at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast is due to take place on Saturday 10 September.