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DoE Review Finds Toxic Dumping Posed No Risk

A Department of the Environment review has ruled that the secret dumping of radioactive waste in Northern Ireland posed no risk to human health.

The controlled burials in Belfast and Londonderry in the early 1980s were revealed in previously confidential government files.

The DoE review said that the toxic materials had been allowed to decay for a long time before its disposal.

Environment Minister Mark Durkan had ordered the review.

Company Directors Given Suspended Sentences Over Asbestos Dumping

Two company directors have pleaded guilty to dumping tonnes of asbestos at a former factory in south Belfast between 2008 and 2012.

77-year-old Samuel James Shields and 61-year-old Roy Millar Molyneaux admitted 14 charges of keeping, depositing and controlling unlawful waste.

Both men were sentenced to six months in prison suspended for two years.

L'Derry Men Plead Guilty To Possession Of Rifle

Two men have pleaded guilty to possession of a rifle linked to dissident republicans.

26-year-old Mark Anthony Patrick Kerr and 44-year-old Anthony Michael Taylor, admitted having the semi-automatic 597 Magnum rifle.

The pleas were accepted on a basis of "second limb possession", which means that the men were holding the weapon for someone else intending to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.

Kerr, from Carrabane Walk, also pleaded guilty to possessing a length of commercial detonating cord on the same occasion and was released on continuing bail.

Taylor, from Bishop Street, was remanded back into custody after refusing bail over having to wear an electronic tag.

The two men will be sentenced next month.


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01 February 2019
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27 June 2019
Two Arrested Over Lisburn Murder
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Paul Smyth in Lisburn. Mr Smyth, 50, was found dead in the living room of his house in Coulson Avenue at around 8.45pm on Friday 21 June. Police later confirmed he had been shot. The two men, aged 29 and 32, remain in custody.
08 October 2018
Two Armed Men Rob Shop In West Belfast
Two armed men wearing Halloween masks have robbed a shop in west Belfast. The incident happened in the Shankill Road area just before 10am on Saturday, 06 October. The men, armed with hammers, demanded money and then fled the premises. Staff were left badly shaken, however there were no injuries.
08 October 2018
Three Men Arrested In Antrim Assault Probe
Three men have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent following an incident in County Antrim. A 21-year-old man was allegedly assaulted in the communal area of a property in Barra Street on Saturday 06 October. PSNI detectives arrested two men aged 20 and one aged 22 following the incident.
01 October 2018
Three Men Arrested In Connection With Disturbance In L'Derry
Three men have been arrested in connection with an incident in L'Derry on Thursday 27 September. The men were detained in connection with a disturbance at a property in Ballynagard Crescent at about 7.30pm last Thursday.