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Suspected Hate Crime At Kingsmill Memorial Investigated

An investigation has been launched into a suspected sectarian hate crime after an Irish flag was nailed to a Kingsmill memorial.

It is understood that a memorial on the Kingsmill Road in Bessbrook to 10 Protestant men shot dead by Republicans in 1976 was discovered to have been damaged this morning, Monday 30 July.

The PSNI are investigating the incident.

£100,000 Resurfacing Scheme Underway In Newtownards

The Department for Infrastructure have announced that a £100,000 footway improvement scheme in Newtownards will commence today, 30 July.

The resurfacing scheme, will greatly improve the surface quality of the footway on a 1.4km section of U9012, Victoria Road, Victoria Crescent, Victoria Park and Victoria Gardens.
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The work will commence at Victoria Crescent and it is planned that this section will be completed before the end of Victoria Primary School summer recess.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of October.

Over 40 Warning Notices Issued In First Week Of New 12-Hour Bus Lanes

More than 40 drivers have been issued warnings for using the new 12-hour bus lanes in west Belfast in their first week of operation.

The figure has been released as new Glider bus lanes come into effect in the east of the city.

Warnings are being issued in lieu of the usual £90 fine for the first two weeks of operation – however, drivers caught more than once, will be fined.

Bus lanes on the Upper Newtownards Road, Albertbridge Road and East Bridge Street will now be in operation from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday.

A Department for Infrastructure spokesperson said that while a total of 43 warning notices were issued, there has been a reduction in the number of illegally parked vehicles.

(MH/LM)

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