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Three Men Convicted Of Benefit Fraud

Three men have been convicted for claiming benefits they were not entitled to at Belfast Magistrates' Court.

Jonathon Delaney claimed Jobseeker's Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £3,919 while failing to declare employment. He was fined £250.

James Knocker claimed Jobseeker's Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £12,439 while failing to declare employment. He was given 75 hours community service.

Edward Smyth claimed Jobseeker's Allowance totalling £2,999 while failing to declare employment. He was given a 12 month conditional discharge.

All are also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department for Communities.

Construction Work To Start On Road Scheme In Loughall

Construction work is to commence on a £205,000 road improvement scheme in Co Armagh.

The work, which is to start in Thursday, 02 October, will take place on the B77 Red Lion Road in Loughgall.

The scheme is expected to be completed on Monday, 24 October.

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard said: "This investment will deliver significant improvements on the B77 in the Loughgall area and serve the community for many years."

Drilling Operation At Woodburn Forest Ends

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has welcomed news that a controversial drilling operation at Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus has stopped.

The East Antrim MLA said: "It is great news that Infrastrata are no longer interested in exploratory drilling in the forest.

"I would like to congratulate the Stop the Drill campaign for conducting their campaign with dignity and keeping within the law.

"I have contacted the Economy Minister to ask him to immediately withdraw the drill licence granted to the Woodburn site."

(CD)

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