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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 16 November 2016
  2. Picture: Newry Canal, County Down (by Louis Auden)
  3. Second inmate dies at prison in two weeks
  4. McGuinness to appear before Irish Public Accounts Committee
  5. Filipino family in fear after latest attack

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'Eyesore' Christmas tree replaced

A Christmas tree in the centre of Larne has been replaced after complaints that it was an "eyesore".

Tree removed
Radio Larne

It has been swapped for a more festive offering, ahead of the town's annual tree light switch-on ceremony  

Teen charged over attempted robbery

A 17-year-old youth has been charged with a number of offences following an attempted robbery in Newtownards yesterday.

Newtownards court
BBC

The teenager is due to appear at Newtownards Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

PSNI display new body worn cameras

Trains disrupted after vehicle hits bridge

Is snow on the cards?

Coalisland's cold welcome for parking attendants

BBC Newsline reports on prison concerns

Row over PSNI's visit to Omagh school

A row has erupted after a Catholic school in Omagh tweeted its thanks to a PSNI officer for briefing pupils about opportunities with the RAF cadets.

Loreto Grammar School for girls.
Google

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff said he had been "inundated" by phone calls from "concerned and angry" parents and past pupils from Loreto Grammar School for girls.

Irish PAC 'couriered invite' to Robinson's house

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in Dublin says it has couriered an invite to Peter Robinson's house to invite him to give evidence to its Nama inquiry.

Peter Robinson
BBC

The PAC said it had previously tried to contact the former Northern Ireland First Minister via the DUP, but he said he had not received an invite.    

Belfast police to wear body cameras

Police officers in Belfast will wear body cameras while on duty from Wednesday.

Officer with body camera
BBC

Four hundred devices have been bought, at a cost of £1.5m. The roll-out follows on from a pilot scheme in Foyle in 2014-15.

McGuinness tells Stitt to consider stepping aside

The Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called for the Charter NI Chief Executive Dee Stitt to reconsider his position.

Dee Stitt and Arlene Foster
BBC

He said Mr Stitt, who's also a leading member of the UDA, should consider stepping aside, as the controversy surrounding him is presenting real difficulties to the reputation and efforts of Charter NI.

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'Gay cake' case could go to Supreme Court

Northern Ireland's Attorney General (AG) has asked the Court of Appeal to refer aspects of its finding on the Ashers Cake case to the Supreme Court.

The cake design Gareth Lee requested
BBC

The Belfast Telegraph has reported that John Larkin QC wants the UK Supreme Court to examine a number of legal questions arising from the case.  

Rathlin: Ferry cancellations

Jonny Evans shows he's the Daddy of defenders

The Nolan Show: Today's podcast

One for the boys

Reason to Believe...

Rod Stewart caught up with Celtic superfan Jay Beatty from Lurgan on Monday evening after the first of two concerts in Belfast.  

Rod Stewart and Jay Beatty
Martin Beatty

He met the 12-year-old along with his mum and dad Ainé and Martin before getting a hug from Jay.  

Green Party's Ross Brown leaving politics

McGurk gets Derry senior hurling job

Doctor with indecent images 'not dangerous'

A judge who gave a suspended sentence to a doctor who made indecent photographs of children said he did not require an immediate custodial sentence because he was "not dangerous".

Causeway Hospital, Coleraine.
BBC

Piotr Dziurdzik, an anaesthetist from Meetinghouse Street in Ballymoney, formerly worked at the Causeway Hospital, Coleraine.

Hillsborough software firm creates 20 jobs

House damaged in Lisburn arson attack

A house has been damaged in an overnight arson attack in Lisburn.

Fire engine
BBC

A number of bins were placed against the wall of the house in Clontara Park and set alight at about 1am. No-one was injured and firefighters put out the blaze. 

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Boy gives first minister a piece of advice

Nolan Show: What can be done about Belfast traffic chaos?

Pork plant sale 'won't affect NI business'

Croatian footy star in tribute to George Best

Kings Hall to be replaced with health centre?

Doctor avoids jail over indecent images

A former doctor who worked at Causeway Hospital, Coleraine, and who had almost 3,000 indecent images of children, has been given a suspended sentence.

Piotr Dziurdzik
Mark Jamieson

Anaesthetist Piotr Dziurdzik, who admitted 33 counts of possession of indecent images, was sentenced to nine months for each count, suspended for two years.  

Cost of retraining student officers is over £400k

The Nolan Show has revealed it cost more than £400,000 to retrain student police officers who were the focus of an exam cheating probe. 

PSNI
BBC

When it emerged in June, the PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton said over 50 students had to go back to the start of their 22-week training programme and repeat it.  

Snooker: Allen angry despite defeating Joyce

Ballyclare couple recall son's mental health problems

A Ballyclare couple have described how mental health problems engulfed their eldest son and how, as a result, the family reached breaking point.  

Ian Hamilton
Hamilton family

They have called for the establishment of a single mental health trust in Northern Ireland after their son, Ian, took his own life.

Carryduff crash has been cleared