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  1. Updates for Tuesday 4 October 2016
  2. Picture: Sunrise in Newcastle, County Down (by Kathy Black)

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By Niall Glynn and Fiona Murray

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That's it from the BBC News NI Live team on a lovely hazy autumn evening. Join us tomorrow from 07:00 for the latest news, sport, travel and weather news.

Ulster 'set for physical test against Connacht'

Paul Marshall says Ulster are preparing for a physical test against Connacht: Paul Marshall says champions Co...

Damaged plane finally towed away

A damaged cargo plane that was stuck on the runway at Belfast International Airport has been towed away.

Belfast International Airport

The plane caused more than 12 hours of disruption after landing shortly before 06:00 BST with a damaged undercarriage.  

Can a Stormont plan to end paramilitarism work?

Should people with unhealthy lifestyles pay for treatment?

Latest on a scrambler bike incident

Thieves target elderly woman's home

An elderly woman has had jewellery stolen from her house in Larne this afternoon.


She was returning to her home in Greenland Gardens when she saw two men running away from the house. She discovered they had forced entry to her home.  

Profits up at Belfast City Airport

2015 operating profit @BELFASTCITY_AIR up by 40% to £3.3m off a turnover of £21m. "Business performed exceptionally well," it says

DUP bubbly reception a big hit

The DUP's champagne reception at the Conservative Party conference proved to be so popular it attracted queues. Among the attendees were First Minister Arlene Foster, DUP MPs Nigel Dodds, Gavin Robinson, Ian Paisley and Sir Jeffrey Donaldson.


It is understood the event was not intended to have been billed as a champagne reception and Ms Foster said something had been "lost in translation". She said it was "all good PR".  

Samurai sword accused murder charge dropped

A man accused of wielding a samurai sword during violence in north Belfast is no longer to be charged with two attempted murders. Police say they are not pursuing allegations that William John Paul tried to kill two men, due to their refusal to provide statements.


The 32-year-old is still accused over an attempt to hijack a taxi using a pizza cutter and then threatening to kill a father and daughter following suspected clashes at Woodvale Drive in January. 

'Worst possible place to stop,' says airport boss about stuck plane

Belfast International Airport's operations director, Alan Whiteside, has described the area where a damaged cargo plane got stuck today as the "absolute worst possible place to stop."  The plane was stranded at the intersection of the two runways, blocking both of them.


Mr Whiteside said the result was "quite a bit of havoc" which had a knock-on effect throughout the day.  

Health Minister 'regrets' waiting list delays

The health minister Michelle O'Neill has said she regrets the delays in waiting times for non-urgent breast surgery. Responding to an urgent oral question in the Assembly she said that health and social care here needed to be radically transformed.

Frans Rombout

"Despite all the challenges we have, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is better here than in England, Scotland and Wales," she added.    

Irish set up All-Ireland dialogue group on Brexit

The Irish government is to set up an All-Island Civic Dialogue to examine the implications of Brexit. The first meeting is scheduled for November. 

Enda Kenny

Invitations are to be sent to civic groups, trade unions, business groups and representatives of the main political parties in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Two dogs seized in East Belfast search

Police have seized two dogs and arrested two men following a search in East Belfast today. A 22-year-old was arrested on suspicion of obstructing police and a 23-year-old on suspicion of assault on police. 


Both men have since been released following the issue of penalty notices of disorder, which bans them from keeping animals. 

Plans to protect soldiers from prosecution under the ECHR

Plansto protect soldiers from prosecution under the European Convention on Human Rights @BeattieDoug @FinucaneCentre

Big rise in river pollution

There's been a big rise in pollution on rivers monitored by the Loughs Agency. 

River Fauaghn fidsh kill
Lucan Newland

So far this year there've been 150 incidents compared to 100 in the whole of 2015. In the worst incident this summer more than 1,000 fish were killed in the River Faughan by what's believed to have been silage effluent.

Latest on Belfast International Airport delays

Update 1510: Flights operating albeit with some delays. Disabled aircraft remains on runway. Please check with airline for flight updates.

Sixty prison officers 'retired on medical grounds'

Justice Minister @ClaireSugden tells assembly in 2015/16 that 60 prison officers in Northern Ireland were retired on medical grounds

Barrister says Brexit would have 'catastrophic' effect on peace process

A lawyer has argued that Brexit would have "a catastrophic effect upon the peace process".


Ronan Lavery QC was presenting his legal and constitutional arguments against the withdrawal of Northern Ireland from the EU during a hearing at the High Court in Belfast today. He is representing the victims campaigner Raymond McCord.

Calls from public lead to 11 arrests in 11 days

Brokenshire needs to 'wake up to reality', says O'Dowd

John O'Dowd has said James Brokenshire needs to "wake up to the reality" that the majority of people here voted to remain in the EU. 


The Sinn Féin MLA's comments came after the secretary of state told the Conservative Party conference he had no doubt Northern Ireland could be a success outside of the EU.  

'I'll miss my return to Oz' - passengers react to airport disruption

Passengers react to flights disruption

Bloodstains found on clothing of wheelie bin accused

The trial of a man and woman accused of murdering County Armagh man Owen Creaney in 2014 has heard that bloodstains were found on clothing belonging to one of the accused - 29-year-old Stephen Thomas Hughes. 


It's alleged that Mr Hughes and 25-year-old Shauneen Boyle were jointly responsible for Mr Creaney's murder. Both defendants deny the murder.

Threat to EU funds lifted says Finance Minister

Madness gig bail man admits involvement in shooting

A Belfast man whose bail was once relaxed so he could attend a Madness concert has pleaded guilty to involvement in a paramilitary shooting nearly six years ago.


Patrick Joseph O'Neill, 41, admitted possessing a Glock pistol with intent and secondly to unlawfully and maliciously causing grievous bodily harm, both on November 15, 2010. He will be sentenced at a later date.

The dangers of dishwashers

Cathcart joins Boyce on NI injury list

Craig Cathcart has joined Liam Boyce in being ruled out of Northern Ireland's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Germany.

Craig Cathcart
Press Eye

Watford defender Cathcart has been forced out by a groin injury and that has led manager Michael O'Neill to call up veteran Aaron Hughes.

Armed robbery at Lurgan fast food outlet

There has been an armed robbery at a fast food outlet in Lurgan. Just before midnight last night a masked man demanded money from staff at the premises on the Gilpinstown Road.  


He made off empty-handed. A 25 year old man has been arrested.  

Tackling a blaze under a fiery sunrise

Durkan brands cancer waiting list times 'scandalous'

The SDLP Health spokesman Mark H Durkan MLA has tabled an urgent question to the health minister following revelations about cancer waiting list times in Northern Ireland. 

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"The figures are scandalous and completely unacceptable," said Mr Durkan.

Aircraft still blocking runway

Update12:35 Aircraft still blocking runway however flights are arriving & departing. Still some delays so check with airline for latest info

10 flights cancelled in airport disruption

Ten flights have been cancelled following the significant disruption at Belfast International Airport after a freight plane got stuck on the runway. Five of the affected planes were outgoing and five were incoming from Bristol, Liverpool, Luton, Glasgow and Edinburgh.


Planes are taking off and landing on a delay. The airport says it hopes to remove the freight plane this afternoon.   

Sugden to reveal action on animal cruelty

Son's 'birthday treat' ruined by airport disruption

Among the passengers affected by the disruption at Belfast International Airport today were June Stobey from Newtownabbey and her son Andrew, who  had planned a trip to Glasgow as a "birthday treat" for him.  


"We were travelling Tuesday morning and coming back on Wednesday afternoon but our flight has been cancelled until 5.45pm tonight," she said. "He was looking forward to it, but he's not willing to move from here until we get on the plane."

Moving stranded aircraft 'will take time'

Belfast International Airport's Graham Keddie says emergency services are around a stranded cargo aircraft that has caused disruption at the airport.

Belfast International Airport

"We're trying to unload the cargo now so we can move the aircraft, but that's just going to take time," he said.

Couple tied up by robbers in Banbridge home