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Car Stolen While Left To Defrost In Co Down

An unlucky motorist returned to their parking space in Co Down to find their car had been stolen while left running to defrost.

The black Renault Clio, registration YFZ 5847, was stolen from outside a house in Ballynahinch on Monday 16 December.

It's understood the driver had left it unattended while it defrosted when the theft occurred.

Anyone who has spotted the vehicle is urged to contact police on 101 quoting reference 284 of 16/12/19.

Jewellery Stolen In Co Armagh Burglary

A quantity of jewellery has been stolen and a house left in a mess following a burglary in Craigavon, Co Armagh.

Police said the property in the Ferngrove area was targeted sometime between 10.30am and 12 noon this morning, Wednesday 18 December.

Full details of the stolen items are not yet available.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "Did you notice any anyone in the area or any vehicles you don't recognise or that were acting suspiciously? Know anyone trying to sell jewellery today and it doesn't seem right?"

Information can be provided by calling non-emergency line 101 and quoting reference 765 of 18/12/19.

Carrickfergus Hotel Given New Lease Of Life

An iconic hotel building in Carrickfergus has been given a new lease of life courtesy of a recent restoration project.

The newly restored Dobbins Inn has officially opened its doors just in time for the holiday season, bringing a small piece of medieval Carrickfergus to the present-day.
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The Carrickfergus THI Project Board brought the project forward with significant funding support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council administered through the scheme.

An event was held at the iconic hotel to mark its official opening, with locals turning out in force to find out about the structure's histories and mysteries.

Owner of The Dobbins Inn, Kirsty Fallis, said: "I was thrilled to see so many people taking the time out of their day to come along and learn more about this fascinating building.

"I want everyone to have a better understanding of the history and stories attached to The Dobbins and I hope this official opening has helped fill in some of the gaps."

Councillor Cheryl Johnston, Chair of Carrickfergus THI Board added: "We congratulate Dobbins Inn on the completion of their project. Carrickfergus THI Board really appreciates the commitment and contribution of THI property owners in restoring and regenerating their historic properties in the town centre.

"The restoration of Dobbins Inn and the development of further THI schemes is beginning to greatly lift the quality and character of our Conservation Area, and to help us appreciate the particular rarity and importance of some of our buildings.

"The scheme will ultimately benefit us all and help us to fully realise Carrickfergus's potential as an attractive heritage town and a must-see place to visit."

The THI is an ambitious regeneration scheme for the town's Conservation Area, supported by £1.55million in funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and £0.55 million from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.


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