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Police Concern Grows For Man Missing Since Last Week

Police in the North Coast are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare and safety of a 42-year-old male.

Anthony Smylie was last seen in the Harpurs Hill area of Coleraine almost a week ago, on Wednesday 06 March, at approximately 12 noon.

"This is unusual and out of character for Anthony and his family and friends are becoming increasingly concerned," a spokesperson said.

Anthony is clean shaven with short dark hair.

Anyone who may have seen him or has any information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact officers on 101 quoting reference 1246 of 06/03/19.

Cuilcagh Mountain Park Closed Due To Adverse Weather

The popular Cuilcagh Mountain Park in Fermanagh has been closed to the public in anticipation of severe winds and rain across Northern Ireland.

The site on the northern slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain has been covered in snow, prompting Fermanagh & Omagh District Council to restrict public access.

Anyone hoping to visit the attraction is advised not to do so until weather conditions have improved.

Upgrades Completed To North Belfast Playground

A newly refurbished north Belfast playground has been officially opened to the public.
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£280,000 worth of improvements were delivered to the Hammer playground, courtesy of Belfast City Council and the Department for Communities. This involved replacing old equipment with a range of new accessible play equipment and acoustic play features for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy. There is also a new multi-use games area which is marked out for football and basketball to encourage children and young people from the local area to get active.  

High Sheriff of Belfast, Alderman Tommy Sandford said: "I'm delighted to open this fantastic playground at the Hammer- to see so many people here and enjoying the new facilities is really rewarding.

"This investment means children and young people in this area have a safe space to play outdoors and get active, and it has also given them a facility where they can socialise through sport and activity. Improving the health and wellbeing of all our citizens is one of the priorities of our Belfast Agenda, so it's important that we encourage healthy habits among our younger generations to set them up for a healthy future."

Mark O'Donnell from the Department for Communities added: "The Department has a strong relationship with Belfast City Council, based on many years of co-operation. In line with the Department's regeneration objectives, this playground provides an interactive and fun learning environment for children of all abilities. It is a wonderful space that will provide much enjoyment for the children and young people of the area."


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