29/07/2016

Other News In Brief

Man Escapes Injury After Shots Fired At House In West Belfast

A man has escaped injury after a shots were fired at a house in west Belfast.

The incident happened at a property in the Clonard Crescent area between 2am and 2.25am on Friday, 29 July.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Call For More Money To Be Invested In North Down Roads

An Alliance Party MLA has called on the Infrastructure Minister to invest more money to repair roads throughout the North Down area in Northern Ireland.

Mr Stephen Farry made the call after Minister Chris Hazzard announced £245,000 worth of road improvements for Cotton village, just outside Donaghadee.

Mr Farry welcomed the announcement however he said said more still needs to be done to significantly improve the road infrastructure.

He said: "This announcement is certainly welcome in terms of the immediate Donaghadee area but it is only the latest step in what needs to be a bigger programme of maintenance throughout the North Down area.
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"It is not enough to just fix roads when they have fallen into disrepair but rather we need a strategic, forward-thinking plan that creates an effective and efficient strategy for dealing with road repairs. That will ensure we will not need to spend as much public money on roads in future, as well as making them safer for drivers."

Farmers Convicted On Number Of Animal Welfare Charges

Two farmers have been convicted on a number of animal welfare charges at Antrim Magistrates' Court.

Andrew Hamill was convicted of two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to two bovine animals and two charges of transporting two bovine animals that were not fit for the journey intended. Andrew Hamill pleaded guilty and was fined £600 plus a £15 offender levy.

Dennis Hamill was convicted of two charges of transporting two bovine animals that were not fit for the journey intended. He pleaded guilty and was fined £250 plus a £15 offender levy.

The case arose when a DAERA Official Veterinary Surgeon at an abattoir examined two animals presented by Dennis Hamill. The first animal was unable to bear weight on its left hind leg and the other animal had a large red bulbous mass on the right hind foot. In the opinion of the Official Veterinary Surgeon both animals had been caused unnecessary suffering during transport.

(CD)

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