31/10/2012

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Pensioner Charged Over Sex Offences

A pensioner has been charged with serious sexual offences which date back to west Belfast in the 1970s.

The man, now 88, faces charges over the sexual abuse of a child.

He will appear before Belfast Magistrates Court on 21 November.

L'Derry Farmer In Sheep Theft

A farmer in L’Derry has been charged with stealing sheep.

The 53-year-old man has appeared at L’Derry Magistrates Court.

Samuel George Leslie from Claudy faces charges of stealing 10 white-faced Texel hoggats.

He is also being charged with fraud for falsely presenting them for sale at a market.

He received the stolen sheep on 26 May.

The accused has been released on continuing police bail and will appear in court again on November 22.

L'Derry Halloween Celebrations Tonight

Tonight will see L’Derry’s annual night of Halloween celebrations get under way.

A carnival parade and fireworks will take place by the River Foyle.

The city has become famous throughout Northern Ireland for its Halloween festivities and traders are already reporting an increase in business with people buying costumes and Halloween-related items.

The city council has advised people coming into the city for the parade and fireworks to get there early.

Queen's Scientist Takes Sting Out Of Injections

A scientist at Queen’s University has won an award for research which could spell the end of the painful sting caused by injections.

Dr Ryan Donnelly has made a breakthrough on micro-needles; tiny projections which can painlessly penetrate the outer layer of the skin.

The new micro-needles act as a skin patch and are able to deliver medication or monitor the level of drugs in a patient's body without drawing blood.

Dr Donnelly was named the GlaxoSmithKline Emerging Scientist of 2012.

(IT)

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