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Arrest Warrant Out For Teenage Rapist

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a convicted rapist who has breached the conditions of his probation.

Edward Connors was 15 when he twice raped an American tourist in the Colin Glen Forest in west Belfast, four years ago, and he was given an eight year jail sentence.

He was due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Monday morning charged with failing to "complete an individual programme of work to address his sexual offending," but he did not turn up.

County Fermanagh Man Popped 20 Ecstasy Tablets A Day

A 27-year-old from Lisnaskea has admitted regularly using 20 Ecstasy tablets in a day.

Kevin Joseph McElroy of Main Street pleaded guilty at Fermanagh Court to possession of the drug.

The prosecutor said Mr McElroy had drug and alcohol dependencies and the tablets were found on him by chance.

Northern Irish Structures Commended At National Awards

Derry/Londonderry's Peace Bridge has won a national steel design award.

And Rise, the 37.5-metre sculpture on the Belfast's Broadway roundabout, was highly commended at the national Structural Steel Design Awards in London.

Other structures that were recognised at the awards were the main Olympic Stadium, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the new footbridge at MediaCity UK, in Salford.


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18 August 2010
£15m College Campus Planned For Belfast
A £15m educational facility for west Belfast that will boost economic development and promote employability, entrepreneurship and enterprise (or e3) has been announced. It centre is to be constructed on what would have been west Belfast's Springvale university campus - a project that was dropped eight years ago.
04 July 2008
It All 'Looks Brighter' On Belfast's Broadway
Northern Ireland commuters got their first taste of the long-awaited Westlink improvement scheme today, with the opening of a new motorway underpass at Broadway. A major phase in Belfast's multi-million M1/Westlink upgrade, the new underpass aims to improve journey times for thousands of Ulster drivers.
04 July 2016
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11 July 2016
Belfast Zoo Welcomes First Andean Born Cub In Over 20 Years
Belfast Zoo has welcomed the first Andean born cub in 22 years. The cub's dad, Spook, was born at Belfast Zoo on 30 July 1994 and was joined by female, Alice, in 2010 as part of the European breeding programme. Zoo Curator, Julie Mansell, said the zoo is "over the moon" at the arrival.
05 November 2003
Training success honoured at Belfast gala dinner
A total of 24 local organisations, businesses and individuals have scooped 33 awards in this year’s prestigious National Training Awards competition.
07 January 2011
City Competition Catering For Success
Belfast City Council will honour the achievements of the hospitality sector in the city when it hosts the Belfast Business Awards this year.
25 July 2016
Man Shot In West Belfast
A man in his 20s has been shot in the foot in west Belfast. Four masked men approached the victim in an entryway in the Laurelbank area of Poleglass on Sunday at around 10.10pm, 24 July. They ordered him to lie down before shooting him in the foot.
25 July 2016
Arson Attack On Church In South Belfast
A Presbyterian Church has been targeted in an arson attack in south Belfast. The attack happened at the Saintfield Road Presbyterian Church in the early hours of Sunday morning, 24 July. A significant amount of damage was caused and police said "a sectarian motive is only one of a number of lines of enquiry".
22 July 2016
Police Appeal After Woman Seriously Attacked At Bonfire In East Belfast
Police are appealing for information after a woman sustained serious facial injuries at an Eleventh night bonfire in east Belfast. A 21-year-old woman was seriously attacked by another female in the Ballybeen area in Dundonald. Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the attack or who may have any other information to contact them.
07 July 2016
Police Rescue Neglected Animals
Officers from the PSNI have rescued a number of neglected animals after uncovering a cannabis factory in east Belfast. Cannabis plants worth an approximate street value of £15,000 were seized during a planned raid by the District Support Team at a property on the Old Holywood Road, on the outskirts of Belfast.
07 July 2016
Belfast City Council To Host Tennis Tournament
Belfast City Council and Ulster Tennis have teamed up to host the Belfast City International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Tournament. The event will be held in the city later this month, from Saturday 23 to Friday 29 July.
30 June 2016
Investigation Launched After Restaurant Robbed In Belfast
Police have launched an investigation after three men, one believed to have been armed with a gun, robbed a restaurant in Belfast. The incident happened at premises in the Stranmillis Road just after 9.30am on Wednesday, 29 June. The men took money from the till and made off on foot.
16 December 2011
Pilot Plan To Re-Open Lagan Waterway
Belfast is about to turn its face back to the River Lagan and revisit the vital part played by the waterway in the history of the city. Once a major river arterial route for cargo that was integral in helping it to become one of the greatest ports in Europe in the 19th century, the river is again in focus.
17 November 2003
City Council announces further culture and arts funding
Belfast City Council has announced a further investment of £140,000 in the city's culture and arts with the second year of its Development and Outreach Initiative.