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Spaniard jailed for abuse of girls at Co Fermanagh swimming pool

A 35-year-old Spaniard has paid the price for “the greatest mistake of his life” – a jail sentence for the sex abuse of three young girls in a Co Fermanagh swimming pool last year.

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Man charged with drugs offences

Man charged with drugs offences

Detectives have charged a 33-year-old man with a number of drugs offences following a search operation in Banbridge at the weekend.

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David Lyness appears at Lisburn Court on Monday, Charged with the murder of Anita Downey  at a in Toberhewney Hall area of Lurgan, Co Armagh on Friday.

Man in court charged with Anita Downey’s murder

A 51-year-old man has appeared at Lisburn Magistrates’ court, charged with the murder of Anita Downey (nee Doran) in Lurgan last week.

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‘Nine or ten shots’ fired from high velocity rifle during north Belfast gun attack on policeman

Chief Constable George Hamilton has said the officer injured last night in north Belfast was hit three times on his right arm as “nine of 10 shots were fired” from a high velocity rifle.

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Fr Patrick McCafferty (centre) with Pastor Jim McConnell (left) in 2015 after the latter was cleared of making offensive remarks about Islam

HIA: report poses questions for Sean Brady - abused priest

The report from an official inquiry into widespread child sex abuse has delivered “a day of justice long overdue for those who suffered in these institutions run by church and state”, according to a priest who was also a victim.

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Secret Victory author Dr William Matchett

‘Secret Victory’: Special Branch insider account of Troubles a best seller

An unprecedented book shedding light on the shadowy world of Special Branch agent handling – which was serialised in the News Letter last month – has become a best seller.

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James Brokenshire said a proportionate approach needed to be taken on legacy investigations

New law may protect OAP soldiers from prosecution

Secretary of State James Brokenshire and Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP have both lent credibility to reports that a law is under discussion within government which would protect elderly soldiers from facing prosecution for their actions while serving during the Troubles.

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PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton

Chief Constable condemns automatic gunfire on busy forecourt

The Chief Constable has said that an attack which injured one of his officers saw automatic gunfire sprayed across a busy garage forecourt in Belfast.

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The high-security Castlereagh police base in east Belfast which suffered a security breach in 2002

Castlereagh break-in brought Special Branch ‘close to meltdown’

The audacious terrorist break-in at the high security Castlereagh police base in 2002 had the RUC’s Special Branch “close to meltdown” a former SB detective has revealed.

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Fatal crash between Belfast and Bangor

Fatal crash between Belfast and Bangor

A man has died following a single vehicle road traffic collision on the A2 dual carriageway between Belfast and Bangor.

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Martin McGuinness (left) follows the coffin of IRA man Charles English in Londonderry in 1984

File including religion of IRA targets ‘was destined for McGuinness’

Details of which religion police officers belonged to were contained in an IRA targeting dossier earmarked for Martin McGuinness, according to an account of a court case from the early 1970s.

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Video: Man arrested after officer shot in north Belfast

A 36-year-old man has been arrested after a policeman was shot in north Belfast, police said.

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One of the many terrorist arsenals seized as a result of RUC covert policing operations. A former SB officer has denied any agent had a licence to kill

Troubles agents not immune from prosecution: ex-Special Branch officer

A former Special Branch officer has come forward to give the News Letter a first-hand account of how police agents are recruited and managed, to explain how the 2002 break-in at Castlereagh almost caused a “meltdown,” and why the lethal force of the SAS was not utilised more often.

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Morning View

Criticism of dissident terrorists is not enough: action to combat them must be supported

Last night a PSNI officer was shot in another terrorist attack in north Belfast.

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Kathryn Johnston and her late husband Liam Clarke. Together they wrote the only biography to date about Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness has tremendous duty to tell whole story: biographer

The only author to have written a biography of Martin McGuinness says that “history demands” that he now gives a full account of his life.

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David McCaughey (cousin of Dougald McCaughey) at the monument for the three Scottish soldiers murdered in the IRA honeytrap attack in 1971.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Omagh bomb lawyers target PIRA killers

Lawyers behind the successful civil court case over the Omagh bomb are now launching a private case centring on the three young Scottish soldiers killed in 1971.

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Bloody Sunday mural, inner-west Londonderry

Protest for soldiers ahead of Bloody Sunday anniversary

A former SAS man is promoting a protest in support of ex-soldiers in the run-up to the 45th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

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Cash and jewellery stolen in spate of North Belfast burglaries

Cash and jewellery stolen in spate of North Belfast burglaries

Detectives are investigating burglaries at four houses and an attempted break-in at another in North Belfast.

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A cannabis plant

£300k cannabis accused is now ‘skint’

A mechanic from Liverpool charged over a £300,000 cannabis seizure in Co Antrim is now “skint” after a series of exotic holidays, he told the High Court today.

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