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  1. Updates for Friday 18 November 2016
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Thanks for your company today and try and keep warm whatever you are doing this weekend. Join us again on Monday from 07:00 for more news, sport, weather and travel updates.

Risk of frost this weekend, but not much snow

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It will be a chilly weekend, so best to keep an eye on the BBC NI weather forecast which is available here.

Sewage firm fined for polluting river

A company which treats sewage for NI Water has been fined £2,500 for polluting a County Armagh river.

Glen Water Limited also paid costs of £1,600 to restore fish stocks in the Tall River near Richhill.

Belfast City Council to appeal Sprucefield decision

Belfast City Council is set to appeal against the John Lewis ruling at the High Court. 

John Lewis store
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The ruling has paved the way for a John Lewis store at Sprucefield near Lisburn, County Antrim.  

Dramatic footage of Antrim arson attack

Footage of cars on fire in Antrim

Three cars were damaged during an arson attack in the Stiles estate in Antrim this morning. This video footage captures the incident in the Aghaboy Gardens area.

'No current plans to open a shop in NI' says John Lewis

BBC Newsline signed summary

Delays continue on Belfast Metro services

Residents 'on edge' after Antrim arson attack

Chris Johnston, who lives close to the scene of the arson attack in Antrim, said residents were "on edge".  

Chris Johnston

He said his car was burnt out last year and there had been a number of other incidents in the area this month.  

On Inside Politics tonight...

'We want John Lewis in a town or city'

Commenting on the John Lewis ruling, Glyn Roberts of the NI Independent Retail Trade Association said:  "Our strong preference has always been for John Lewis to locate a store in a town or city centre." 

Glyn Roberts of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association

"It would be a major mistake for the executive to put aside its policy of town centre first for large retail stores," he said.

Cars damaged in Antrim arson attack

Three cars have been damaged during an arson attack in the Stiles estate in Antrim. 

Car damaged in Antrim arson attack

Hear the full story from our north-east reporter Sara Girvin on BBC Newsline at 18:30.

Evening Extra is on now: Tune in!

Seamus McKee on now on Radio Ulster's Evening Extra programme. 

Seamus McKee

On the programme - the latest on the John Lewis high court ruling and a look ahead to tomorrow's big game in Dublin.

Cold weather set to continue this weekend

John Lewis High Court ruling 'bad for Belfast'

The President of Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce has said that the John Lewis High Court decision is "bad for Northern Ireland and bad for Belfast in particular".


"Belfast is the hub of Northern Ireland, it must be considered first. Make Belfast great and the rest of the region will follow," says Gordon McElroy. 

Barra (and Jo) are suited and booted for the main event...

New date for Munster European game

Delays to Belfast bus services

Roads to close with Christmas lights switch on

Donaldson welcomes John Lewis court ruling

The MP Jeffrey Donaldson has welcomed the High Court ruling which could see a John Lewis store at Sprucefield. 

Jeffrey Donaldson

"The path is now clear for an application to be lodged and I would hope this can happen as soon as possible," said the DUP MP. 

Irwin starts in third place in Macau Grand Prix

PAW Patrol dropped from council's Christmas celebrations

Characters based on a Nickelodeon cartoon were dropped from a Northern Ireland council's Christmas celebrations - after it emerged they were unauthorised.  

Skye and Marshall with child

PAW Patrol's Skye and Marshall did not appear at a Christmas lights switch on in Londonderry last night. Derry City and Strabane District Council has since apologised.

Conor McCormack leaves Derry City

Free tonight? Fancy a date with Pudsey?!

Could John Lewis be on its way to Sprucefield?

A High Court ruling has paved the way for a John Lewis store at Sprucefield near Lisburn. 

John Lewis
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A judge has ruled to lift bulky good restrictions made under the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan.     

McCord Brexit case can go to Supreme Court

A victims campaigner is to be allowed to take his legal challenge to the way the government plans to quit the European Union, to the Supreme Court.

Raymond McCord
Press Eye

Raymond McCord had challenged the government's plans for triggering Article 50.

Robbie Keane to leave LA Galaxy

Busy day for Pudsey

Pudsey Bear paid a visit to our early morning team this morning. Have a look! Yes,  BBC Children in Need is under way... 

Pudsey pops into BBC Northern Ireland studios to meet the Good Morning Ulster team

Body to be exhumed as part of investigation

The body of man of a man shot dead by the Army 44 years ago is to be exhumed as part of an investigation into the Military Reaction Force (MRF).  

Detective Chief Inspector Neil McGuinness

Daniel Rooney, 18, was shot in the St James Crescent area of west Belfast on 26 September, 1972. 

The Somme, the priest and the chalice

A Belfast man has told how a silver chalice belonging to a priest from Kildare, who died at the Battle of the Somme, was brought from Ireland to his grave in France.

Teddy Colligan

Teddy Colligan, who is the official guardian of the Ulster Memorial Tower, told the story ahead of a service of remembrance in Thiepval on Friday. It will mark the 100th anniversary of the final day of the battle.

Traffic signals out on Finaghy Road South

Foster says ministerial meeting 'useful'

Sport: Crusaders gear up for Ards clash

People hospitalised after 'substance' taken

A number of people have been taken to hospital for medical treatment after police were called to a house on the Malone Road in south Belfast. 


Chief Insp Robert Murdie says police are "investigating the circumstances" surrounding the incident. "Early reports suggest that these individuals may have consumed a substance. There are no further details at present," he added. 

Coming up on Newsline at 13:30 with Donna

Forecast first, then weather questions - get yours in for Cee!

Brexit talks on the cards at North-South Ministerial meeting

Ministers from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have arrived in Armagh for the North South Ministerial Council meeting.

Martin McGuinness, Enda Kenny, Arlene Foster, Charles Flanagan

Brexit is likely to dominate the talks which are being hosted by NI First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Charter NI 'conflict of interest' claim

It has emerged that Charter NI was represented on the east Belfast steering group which awarded £1.7m public money to the organisation.

Charter NI offices

The Ulster Unionist leader, Mike Nesbitt, says an audit is needed of the Social Investment Fund process.