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Tower block fire safety concerns to be raised with Housing Executive

A local DUP councillor says he will be calling for “a major rethink” of fire safety systems at Coolmoyne House and other high-rise flats in the local area when he meets with Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) officials next week.

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Skaters in Banbridge should be able to perfect their tricks in a new urban sports facility from April 2018.

Work on urban sports facility due to commence early in new year

The construction of an ‘urban sports facility’ at Solitude Park in Banbridge is due to be completed by the end of March, it has been confirmed.

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Lisburn New Cemetery, Blaris Road. Pic by Google

Woman’s handbag stolen in cemetery

Police are investigating the theft of a woman’s handbag from a car parked at the cemetery on Blaris Road, Lisburn.

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Men charged with hijacking and possession of a firearm

Men charged with hijacking and possession of a firearm

Two men are due to appear in court on Monday charged in connection with a hijacking incident in north Belfast.

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Agharan Orange Hall, near Dungannon. Pic by Google

Vandalism at Orange Hall being treated as ‘hate crime’

Vandalism at an Orange Hall near Dungannon is being treated as a hate crime, police have said.

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Police officers assaulted after coming to aid of stricken teenager

Police officers assaulted after coming to aid of stricken teenager

Police officers in Maghera came under attack from a group of youths while responding to a report of a teenager lying unconscious in the street.

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Two arrested after police seize drugs in Lisburn

Two arrested after police seize drugs in Lisburn

A man and a woman have been arrested in Lisburn after police officers seized a quantity of suspected drugs in the Old Warren area of the city.

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Northway, Portadown. Pic by Google

Man seriously injured after falling from bridge

A man has been rushed to hospital by Air Ambulance after falling from a bridge onto the Northway road in Portadown this morning.

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Two men arrested after police seize drugs and ammunition

Two men arrested after police seize drugs and ammunition

Detectives from the PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit have arrested two men following the seizure of an estimated £70,000 worth of suspected drugs in Banbridge last night (Friday, November 17).

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WATCH: Lisburn lights up for Christmas

Thousands of people of all ages lined the streets of Lisburn city centre on Thursday evening to watch Mayor Tim Morrow and special VIP guest Santa light up the city’s Christmas tree and glittering street lights.

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Emergency services personnel were called to Hillhead Gardens, Banbridge on Wednesday night. The area was cordoned off following reports of a gas leak. This picture was posted on social media by a local resident.

Man arrested as Fire Service deals with gas leak in Banbridge

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed that it was called to a property in the Hillhead Gardens area of Banbridge shortly after 9.20pm on Wednesday, November 15 following reports of a gas leak.

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Men charged in connection with spate of burglaries

Men charged in connection with spate of burglaries

Two men, aged 25 and 28, have been charged in connection with a series of burglaries in the Dromore and Dromara areas of Co Down.

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 Emergency services personnel and local residents look on as firefighters extinguish the blaze at Coolmoyne House, Seymour Hill. Photo by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Fire at high-rise flats: Housing Executive offers safety assurances

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has insisted that it is “fully compliant with all fire safety regulations” and takes the safety of residents “extremely seriously”.

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Dave Crockett from Cirdan (left) with Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI (third from left) and representatives from Northern Health.

Lisburn firm wins major new contract in Australia

Lisburn-based medical devices company Cirdan has won a major contract in Australia estimated to be worth nearly £1m.

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Tributes paid to a ‘unique, special and gifted’ young man

A young Glenavy man who was fatally injured in a hit-and-run incident in Liverpool earlier this month had “a life full of so much further promise”, his funeral has heard.

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Band members who received their 10 year service awards. Back row L-R: Nathan Bready, Adam Gilmour, Mark Anderson, Roy McCleery, Raymond Thompson, Jason Fairley, Ryan McCann. Front row L-R: Neil Megarrey, Mark McCully, Victoria Bready, Stuart Magennis, Thomas Jennings, Iain Anderson.

Rathfriland flute band celebrates 35th anniversary

Pride of the Hill Flute Band, Rathfriland recently celebrated its 35th anniversary with a dinner dance in the Belmont Hotel, Banbridge.

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Keith Scott, Marc Carson and Alexander McCartan pictured in front of the empty defibrillator cabinet at Meeting Street.

Football fans’ goal is to purchase defibrillator

A group of local Northern Ireland football fans have set themselves the goal of raising enough money to purchase a defibrillator that will be available 24/7 for the community in Dromore.

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Lisburn training centre responds to skills crisis in construction sector

A recently-opened construction training centre in Lisburn has responded to the industry’s growing skills shortage with a programme of more than 100 courses for 2018.

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Highlighting GEW 2017 are Karyn McNiece, Enterprise Programme Manager, Princes Trust; Ald Allan Ewart MBE, Chair of Development Committee, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council; Dympna Hannon of the Dympna Hannon Clinic and Jan Donaldson, Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Young Enterprise Northern Ireland.

Council launches programme of free events for Global Entrepreneurship Week

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, through its Business Solutions Team, will mark Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) with a week-long programme of free events from Monday 13 to Friday 17 November.

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The vacant site on Ballinderry Road, formerly occupied by the Down Royal Bar and Grill, has been earmarked for a supermarket development. Pic by Google

Green light for new supermarket development

The council’s Planning Committee has given the green light for a new supermarket development on the site of the former Down Royal Bar and Grill.

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