Other News In Brief

Appeal After Apartment In North Belfast Burgled

Police have issued an appeal for information after an apartment in north Belfast was burgled on Sunday morning, 10 February.

The residence in Queen's Square was broken into at around 6.30am, disturbing a man in his 60's.

The burglar has been described as aged in his early 20's, approximately 5'8"-5'9" tall, of slim build with black hair.

He fled the scene empty handed.

Detective Constable Reynolds is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or saw a man matching the description of the suspect, or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to call detectives in Musgrave on 101, quoting reference 386 10/02/19. 

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous.

Calls For Safety Review At Belfast Zoo After Chimp Breaks Free

Pressure is mounting for a review of safety measures at Belfast Zoo after a group of chimpanzees managed to escape from their enclosure.

The mischievous animals got out after making an improvised ladder from tree branches which are understood to have been weakened during the recent stormy weather.
News Image
One chimp jumped out of the enclosure and walked along a path with members of the public, while others perched themselves on a wall and watched.

The incident is the second in as many weeks, after a red panda escaped late last month.

Alliance councillor for north Belfast Nuala McCallister said: "We need to have a serious conversation around the future of the zoo and Belfast Council's investment in it. Not a simple open versus close debate but long term sustainability, safety, wellbeing and conservation of animals."

Police Urge Queen's Quarter Robbery Victim To Come Forward

The PSNI is appealing to the victim of a robbery in Belfast in the early hours of Sunday to come forward.

The incident was reported by a third party and took place at around 2.40am near the grounds of Queen's University.

Constable Howell said: "Police received a third party report of the robbery and investigations are continuing, however, we are appealing to the victim to come forward and speak to us to help determine the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

"I would ask anyone with information that could assist the investigation to please contact the Reducing Offending Unit at Musgrave Police Station on 101 quoting 229 27/01/2019.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

22 January 2013
Heavy Snow Closes Over 80 Schools
Over 80 schools across Northern Ireland have been closed as the heavy snow continues to cause disruption on Tuesday morning. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, as the snow is continuing to affect many roads. Areas which have been majorly disrupted include Lisburn, Castlereagh and Carryduff.
07 May 2015
Police Use Of Tasers Was 'Lawful' And 'Necessary' - Report
Ten incidents in which police fired Tasers between July 2012 and June last year were "justified", a Police Ombudsman report has concluded. Dr Michael Maguire found that the use of Taser had on each occasion been lawful, proportionate and necessary given the risks faced by officers and the danger posed to members of the public.
17 December 2014
Flight Diverted After Engine Fire
A Flybe flight from Glasgow to George Best Belfast City Airport was diverted to Belfast International after one of its engines caught fire. An emergency was declared at the airport as the plane was diverted, with fire crews and ambulances sent to the runway. It is understood that the plane was able to land.
22 April 2008
Tunnel Breakthrough For Belfast Sewers Project
Nearly a mile long and 40 metres below ground, a key section of Belfast's deepest tunnel was completed yesterday as the tunnel boring machine (TBM) made its breakthrough at Duncrue Street. Capable of holding vast overflows of stormwater - up to four million gallons - it will reduce the risk of sewer flooding in the greater Belfast area.
26 July 2002
Attwood warns of 'threat' from west Belfast UDA
SDLP Policing Board member Alex Attwood has warned that the west Belfast battalion of the UDA has extended its influence and control to other parts of Belfast. Mr Attwood was speaking following the recent violence in north Belfast were Catholic teenager Gerard Lawlor was murdered by the UFF – a militant wing of the UDA.