Northern Ireland

NI paper review: Toilet tipping woes in Craigavon

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Both the Belfast Telegraph and the News Letter have the mystery of a Saintfield man's disappearance on their front pages, while there are also reports of an unusual form of vandalism in Craigavon.

The disappearance of William McCormick, who was known locally as Pat, has led to a murder investigation being launched by detectives.

He was last seen in Comber on the evening of Thursday, 30 May.

The Belfast Telegraph reports that his children are "devastated".

The lead story in the News Letter is a warning from grieving parents after the death of their newly-born child.

Hollie Maguire lived for 30 minutes after being born in October 2016.


Her parents, Brendan and Susan, are calling for more awareness of Group B Streptococcus and for more information to be given on this bacterial infection.

The Irish News leads with the death of a Belfast man whilst on holiday on the Costa Brava in Spain.

The paper reports that 48-year-old Colin McGarry from the north of the city died after falling from a balcony on Saturday night.

The Irish News carries tributes paid to him by his family as efforts are made to repatriate his body.

The News Letter reports that singer Malachi Cush is recovering well after being involved in a traffic collision in Dungannon on Monday.

Mr Cush's wife, Claire, said he will be "singing again in no time".

Toilets and grenades

Among the Northern Ireland stories in the Daily Mirror is a report of vandals creating a mess in Craigavon - by tipping over mobile toilets.

There have been six such incidents in the County Armagh town, the paper reports.

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Image caption Toilets such as these have been tipped over in Craigavon

Also in the Mirror: "Another blast from the past". The paper reports that wartime munitions have been found in the Mournes in recent days.

'Lack of action'

In the opinion pages, former SDLP MLA Alban Maginness, writing in the Belfast Telegraph, laments what he describes as a lack of western action as Christians are persecuted throughout the world.

The paucity of condemnation is due to a fear of being branded Islamophobic, he writes.

Also in the Belfast Telegraph, another barrister and former MLA and MP, Robert McCartney, writes that it is to the credit of Northern Ireland's Protestant community that it only ever gave minimal support to parties with a connection to terrorist violence.


In the News Letter, the MP for Vauxhall in London, Antrim-born Kate Hoey, gives her take on how her party, Labour, could win power.

For her the solution is simple - delivering a 'People's Brexit'.

In the Irish News, however, Brian Feeney writes that Brexit is driven by Britain's "dreams of dead empire".