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Four Held After Assault

A group of people have been arrested after a man and a woman were assaulted in south Belfast, police have confirmed. A 55-year-old man is being treated for facial injuries while a 29-year-old woman sustained bruising. The attack took place when six people - four men and two women - entered an address on Raby Street, off the Ormeau Road.

Poots Still 'Optimistic' About Maze Stadium
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A Lisburn-based MLA and former NI Sports Minister, Edwin Poots, has said he is still 'optimistic' that a national sports stadium could be built at the Maze/Long Kesh site. Mr Poots also stressed that if the project were to be eventually withdrawn, then locals would demand a more substantial scheme for the area. However, he said his ultimate goal was to ensure a facility was constructed on the former Maze prison site, in his constituency, as originally planned. The DUP Assemblyman is the current Deputy Mayor of Lisburn City Council.

HSENI Boss Picks Up Lifetime Award

The man at the helm of the Northern Ireland Health and Safety Executive has been recognised for his achievements at a glittering awards bash in London. HSENI Chairman, Professor Peter McKie, was presented with the IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health)/Sypol Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in helping boost health and safety performance not only in Northern Ireland, but across the UK. Professor McKie said: "I am very honoured if a little flabbergasted to have received this award. Throughout my career I have always advocated the need for clear leadership from the top on safety issues."


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16 March 2020
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Lidl Introduces Priority Shopping For The Elderly Lidl has announced the implementation of priority shopping hours across all 39 stores in Northern Ireland until further notice. Beginning on Tuesday 17 March, the mornings will run from 9am – 11am every day and will include prioritised queuing and additional assistance for older customers.
11 March 2020
Covid-19: NI Total Jumps To 18
Two further cases of the Covid-19 strain of coronavirus have been identified in Northern Ireland. Both cases are adults and are "secondary transmissions", meaning they can be linked to another infected individual who travelled to northern Italy. It brings totals in Northern Ireland to 18.
12 March 2020
Coronavirus: BCC To Hold Special Meeting
Belfast City councillors are to convene in a special meeting to assess the growing threat of coronavirus. It comes after it emerged that protection measures are to be stepped up in the Republic of Ireland, with all schools, colleges and childcare facilities to close. A total of 20 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.
18 March 2020
Latest Coronavirus Figures Emerge
A further six coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland as the first and deputy First Ministers call for a "whole of society" approach. Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill say measures to support and protect the general public will only be effective if everyone follows health advice. The new cases bring totals to 68.
10 March 2020
Elderly Man Suffers Smoke Inhalation In Co Down Arson
A man aged in 90s was left in need of treatment for smoke inhalation after two arson attacks in Downpatrick. Police are probing a link between two deliberate ignitions in the Killough Walk and Vianstown Heights area of the town, less than a mile from each other, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.