In Your Area

  • Police raid suspicious building in south Armagh but it wasn’t what they expected

    on Jan 18, 17 • in Crossmaglen, In Your Area, News • with No Comments

    Police raid suspicious building in south Armagh but it wasn’t what they expected

    A building in south Armagh was raided after suspicions arose it was a drugs factory — in fact, it was in fact an empty building with the heating on. A source told the Newsletter that officers had suspected that the building might have been a cannabis factory. A search warrant was obtained before the would-be raid was carried out. Suspicions came about as the building’s roof remained unfrozen while ice covered everything else around it. The newspaper also reports that the owner had admitted that he was running boilers in the empty building because it was making

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  • Watch: Group of teens set fire to car in Armagh housing estate

    on Jan 18, 17 • in Armagh, Featured, In Your Area • with No Comments

    Watch: Group of teens set fire to car in Armagh housing estate

    A group of teenagers have deliberately set fire to a car in Armagh this afternoon (Wednesday). Armagh I understands the car had been left in the Mullacreevie Park esate in Armagh on Saturday. Earlier today, four teenagers, wearing hoodies and with scarves wrapped around their faces set the car on fire. The incident happened around 2.30pm with emergency services tasked to the scene shortly afterwards. The fire took around half an hour to extinguish. If you can help please call police on the 101 number. Alternatively information about crime can be passed anonymously via the

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  • New face expected in Upper Bann as DUP MLA steps aside

    on Jan 18, 17 • in Craigavon, In Your Area, Lurgan, News, Portadown • with No Comments

    New face expected in Upper Bann as DUP MLA steps aside

    Following Catherine Seeley’s announcement that she is removing herself from the race for re-election in Upper Bann, DUP’s Sydney Anderson has followed suit. With the number of seats being reduced from six to five, Mr Anderson’s decision will mean there will definitely be a new face in Upper Bann following the Assembly elections on March 2. Mr Anderson said: “It was an immense honour and privilege to have been able to represent Upper Bann as an MLA for the last six and a half years. I have made the decision that I will not be

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  • Stolen vintage tractor spotted; owners believe it could be in Armagh area

    on Jan 18, 17 • in Armagh, In Your Area, News • with No Comments

    Stolen vintage tractor spotted; owners believe it could be in Armagh area

    The owners of a personalised vintage tractor stolen in Armagh over the weekend believe it is still in the area. Since Armagh I published the story on Sunday morning, members of the public have come forward with what the owners describe as “valuable”information. Joshua Black, speaking to Armagh I, said: “Eye-witnesses have provided information on the tractor, saying they saw it being driven out onto the main Armagh/Newry Road from the Edenaveys Industrial Estate at around 11.45pm on Saturday night.” He added: “Valuable descriptions have been given to us which proves the public have been a

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  • Newborn lambs just eight hours old stolen along with two pregnant sheep

    on Jan 18, 17 • in Banbridge, Featured, In Your Area • with No Comments

    Newborn lambs just eight hours old stolen along with two pregnant sheep

    Six newborn lambs and two pregnant sheep have been stolen from a farm in banbridge. The newborns were taken from beside their mums, some of which were just eight hours old. Two pregnant sheep were also stolen from the farm on Monday evening. A police spokesperson said: “This involved persons breaking into a premises and stealing six newborn lambs from beside their mothers. “These lambs were extremely young varying from three days to only eight hours old. “These individuals have then taken two sheep from the field who are lambing. “This occurred on the Lurgan

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  • Teachers from across Co Armagh go on strike over cost of living increase

    on Jan 18, 17 • in Armagh, In Your Area, News • with No Comments

    Teachers from across Co Armagh go on strike over cost of living increase

    Teachers from schools across county Armagh have gone on strike this morning as pressure mounts on the Education Minister after his decision to withhold a cost of living increase for teachers for 2015/16. Talks have been ongoing between the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), the Employing Authorities and Department of Education, but, when talks failed before Christmas, INTO members were balloted with an overwhelming majority voting in favour of strike action. Today’s strike action is the first in a series of planned stoppages by the INTO. Gerry Murphy, the INTO Northern Secretary, is leading a delegation of senior officials

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  • NI Water fined over sewage discharge into Newry Canal

    on Jan 18, 17 • in In Your Area, Newry, News • with No Comments

    NI Water fined over sewage discharge into Newry Canal

    Northern Ireland Water Ltd has been fined £500 after untreated sewage discharged into Newry Canal. It admitted the offence at Newry Magistrates’ Court last Monday. The discharge came from Islandbank Wastewater Pumping Station to the Newry Canal. On 13 July 2015, a Senior Water Quality Inspector (WQI), acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) responded to a report of pollution and visited the Wastewater Pumping Station. The Inspector observed sewage-related debris on the roadway by the station and material, consistent with untreated sewage, was discovered floating on the surface of the canal. 

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  • Renewed appeal for stolen cattle as five more are recovered in Darkley

    on Jan 17, 17 • in Featured, In Your Area, Keady • with No Comments

    Renewed appeal for stolen cattle as five more are recovered in Darkley

    The family of a farmer who remains ill in hospital with pneumonia have renewed their appeal for help to recover stolen cattle. In all, 20 cattle were taken from the Barkers Road area of Newtownhamilton last Wednesday night. Four of these were later found. And tonight, the family have confirmed a further five have been located in the Darkley area. The elderly farmer, Gilbert Dougan, 62, has been in hospital with pneumonia. His family turned to Armagh I and asked to make a public appeal. Hundreds of you shared the post and today a family

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  • Brave Clare’s justgiving appeal to open children’s sensory room at Daisy Hill

    on Jan 17, 17 • in Bessbrook, Featured, In Your Area, News • with No Comments

    Brave Clare’s justgiving appeal to open children’s sensory room at Daisy Hill

    The mother of a Bessbrook toddler who passed away two years ago has started a justgiving page to help provide a sensory room in his memory at Daisy Hill Hospital. Clare McCabe’s son Harvey tragically lost his battle against a life-limiting condition two years ago today. The heartbroken mother has been instrumental in trying to raise money since her agonising loss to thank all those at the hospital for everything which they had done – and to help others in the future. Clare told Armagh I : “We are aiming to raise £20 000 and

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  • ‘What planet are they on?’ Hundreds turn out to protest new SRC campus plans

    on Jan 17, 17 • in Craigavon, Featured, In Your Area, News • with No Comments

    ‘What planet are they on?’ Hundreds turn out to protest new SRC campus plans

    More than 600 people turned out to protest the building of the new Southern Regional College within the boundaries of Craigavon Park on Saturday afternoon. A group of residents objecting to the College’s plans say there are numerous alternative sites for the new multi-million pound campus. The group have set up a petition on charge.org called ‘Save Craigavon City Park and Lakes’, which has garnered more than 1,700 signatures so far. Kelly Laverty is one of those who has signed the petition and was in attendance at last weekend’s protest. Ms Laverty told Armagh I that she, or any

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