Northern Ireland News for August 2019

Northern Ireland News, Aug 23, 2019
Man Threatened With Knife During Belfast Hijacking
Police are hunting a suspect who wielded a knife in a driver's face during a car hijacking in west Belfast. A man in his 40s was driving his grey SEAT Altea on Osman Street when he was targeted at ar...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 23, 2019
NI Hospices Excluded From £25m Govt Boost
Northern Ireland hospice users have been excluded from a £25 million cash boost announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The funding will be allocated to protect charitable hospices and palliative ...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 23, 2019
Man Struck With Hammer In 'Vicious Assault'
A man has been hospitalised after he was struck on the head with a hammer during a "vicious assault" in County Antrim. A gang of males forced entry to a home in the Kellburn Park area of Ballyclare i...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 23, 2019
5p Bag Levy Sees Distribution Fall By Almost 70%
The amount of carrier bags distributed in Northern Ireland has fallen by almost 70% since the 5p levy was introduced, official figures have revealed. Over five million fewer bags were dispensed by re...
Business News, Aug 23, 2019
'Healthy Interest' In Purchase Of H&W Shipyard
A number of non-binding offers to purchase the iconic Harland & Wolff shipyard have been submitted, according to the firm appointed as administrators. The yard was placed into administration earlier ...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 23, 2019
Police Believe Continuity IRA Behind Fermanagh Bomb
Police have expressed their belief that an explosion in the Wattlebridge area of County Fermanagh on Monday was the work of the Continuity IRA. The device detonated while a wider security operation w...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 23, 2019
Tutoring Service Launched For GCSE Students
As students across Northern Ireland receive their GCSE results, Belfast City Council has launched a new programme to help young people make the grade in English and Maths. Free tutoring sessions will...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 23, 2019
Man Sentenced For Historic Child Sex Offences
A man has been jailed for a series of historic child sexual abuse offences. The sentence handed out at L'Derry Crown Court on Wednesday 21 August saw the man handed nine years, six of which will be s...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 23, 2019
Other News In Brief
Man Sentenced For Sexual Offences Against Teenagers A man has been sentenced for a series of sexual offences that date back to 2012. 75-year-old Liam Rafferty was handed two and a half years ...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 22, 2019
Rise In GCSE Pass Rates
The percentage of Northern Ireland students achieving a pass at GCSE level has risen slightly. Pupils received their results this morning, Thursday 22 August, with 82.2% celebrating A*-C grades at sc...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 22, 2019
MLAs Pen Letter Supporting Brexit Backstop
A cohort of assembly members have penned a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk expressing their support for the Brexit backstop. 49 pro-remain MLAs, including leaders of the SDLP, Sinn F...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 22, 2019
Police Chief Calls For More Officers
Northern Ireland's police chief has called for a fresh recruitment drive to see more officers instated across the region. Simon Byrne said he would like to see a commitment to recruit more officers f...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 22, 2019
Man Hospitalised After North Belfast Shooting
A man has been hospitalised following a shooting in north Belfast. Police are probing the paramilitary style incident in the Ardoyne area last night, Wednesday 21 August. The victim, a man in his fo...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 22, 2019
Footage Shows Malcolm McKeown's Final Moments
Detectives have revealed that Malcolm McKeown was shot up to six times at close range and in broad daylight. The 54-year-old father of four was found slumped in his car outside a petrol station in Wa...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 22, 2019
Kids Can Swim For £1 Across Belfast
Kids can swim for just £1 in leisure centres across Belfast for the next ten days as the council launches a new Aquatics Strategy. A range of ambitious targets for increased swimming participation ov...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 22, 2019
Pair Bailed Over INLA Drug Finds
Police have arrested and bailed two people after controlled drugs were recovered during two searches targeting the INLA. Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force seized a significant quantity ...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 22, 2019
Other News In Brief
Local Woman Missing In Berlin Found A Northern Ireland woman who had been missing in Berlin since Sunday has now been located, her family have confirmed. Danielle Anderson, the daughter of In...
Business News, Aug 22, 2019
Retail NI Welcomes Primark Progress
Almost a year since the iconic Bank Buildings that once housed Primark were destroyed by fire, Retail NI has welcomed the progress in rejuvenating the area. Parts of the surrounding roads were cordon...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 21, 2019
Malcolm McKeown: Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Murder
A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a shooting in Waringstown, County Down. Malcolm McKeown, aged 54, was shot dead at a petrol station on Main Street in the village ...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 21, 2019
Over 400 Attacks On Religious Buildings Reported Since 2016
A Christian charity has called for more protections for places of worship in Northern Ireland after over 400 attacks in the last three years. Some 445 incidents of criminal damage to religious buildi...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 21, 2019
Woman Convicted Of Animal Welfare Offences
A Belfast woman has been banned from keeping animals for ten years after she was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a pony. Phyllis Burns of Rosapena Walk was handed a five month custodial...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 21, 2019
West Belfast Security Alert Disrupts Travel
Significant travel disruption has been caused in west Belfast as police dealt with a security alert. The busy Springfield Road was closed between Workman Avenue and Pollard Street early this morning,...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 21, 2019
£36k Boost For Lisburn Sports Clubs
A grant programme worth £36,000 has been committed to increase public participation in sports groups in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. 'Be Active, Stay Active Awards' was developed to prioritise the...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 21, 2019
Police Issue Appeal Over Co Down Murder
Detectives investigating a fatal shooting in County Down on Monday night have issued further details and appealed to the public for information. 54-year-old Malcolm McKeown was shot dead in his BMW a...
Business News, Aug 21, 2019
NI Firm Donates £33k Towards Hospice Care
A Northern Ireland home builder has committed £33,000 to fund hospice care for the terminally ill. Hagan Homes, an award-winning company based in Ballyclare, has donated the money to the Northern Ire...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 21, 2019
MLAs Call For Progress On Lagan Bridge
A cross-party group of MLAs have called for construction to begin on a new foot and cycle bridge across the Lagan. The Lagan Pedestrian and Cycle bridge, first announced in 2014, would connect Ormeau...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 21, 2019
Arrest As Drugs & Cash Discovered In Co Tyrone
Police have made an arrest after a quantity of suspected drugs was discovered when a car was stopped in County Tyrone. The vehicle was stopped in Fintona late on Tuesday evening, 20 August, and an am...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 21, 2019
Warning Over Underage Drinking
Police have issued a warning to the parents of young people expecting to receive their GCSE results this week over planned attempts to enter licensed premises. Officers in Omagh said they aware of so...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 21, 2019
Other News In Brief
Sinn Fein Demand The Truth For Neurology Recall Patients A Sinn Fein MLA has issued a statement advocating for patients affected by the ongoing neurology recall. The party's health spokespers...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 20, 2019
Arrests In Dublin Over East Belfast Car Bomb
Two men have been arrested by Irish police in Dublin in connection with a bomb found under a senior PSNI officer's car in east Belfast. The explosive device was discovered at Shandon Park Golf Club, ...