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Ballymena Shop Owner Held At Knife-Point In Robbery

An owner of a shop in Ballymena was held at knife-point while a sum of cash was stolen in an early-morning robbery on Friday 12 October.

Two hooded men armed with knives entered the premises of the shop on Queen Street Ballymena at around 4.30am and threatened the owner.

The pair made off on foot with a sum of cash.

Detectives are appealing for information

Cat Shot With Pellet Gun Suffers 25 Injuries

Police are seeking an individual who repeatedly shot a cat with a pellet gun, leaving it seriously injured, on the Tullymore Road in L'Derry.

The animal suffered 25 injuries and needed emergency surgery.

The cat was the pet of a pensioner who lives in the area and found her pet bleeding after the attack.

PSNI spent a considerable amount of their time consoling the woman after her ordeal.

"Officers have just spent time consoling a grandmother who found her wee cat with serious injuries," a spokesperson said.

"It is presently with the vet who has stated it has been shot with a pellet gun and has 25 pellets in it's body.
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"The cat would not go far from its home on the Tullymore Road."

Anyone with any information about the attack is asked to contact police.

MLAs Paid £275K For Travel To Stormont Since Government Collapse

Over £275,000 has been paid to MLAs in allowances for travelling to Stormont between the last election in March 2017 and June 2018.

The country has been without a functioning government since January 2017, but MLAs have been refunded the public money for travel expenses to the Stormont estate in Belfast.

Despite the collapse of power-sharing, elected representatives have continued to use the building for a wide-range of functions.

In the last financial year, half of the 90 MLAs claimed the full amount of travel expenses they were entitled to. Each one is given an allowance ranging from £600 within Belfast to £6,200 in Fermanagh and Tyrone.

The current level of expense allowance was set by the Independent Financial Review Panel in 2016.

In July, the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee at Westminster heard that MLA salaries had cost £9m since the suspension of functioning government.

Salaries are expected to be cut next month.


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