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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Staggering 8,000 names removed from electoral register across county’s two constituencies

    on Jan 17, 17 • in Armagh, Banbridge, In Your Area, Lurgan, Newry, News, Portadown • with No Comments

    Staggering 8,000 names removed from electoral register across county’s two constituencies

    A staggering 8,000 names have been removed from the electoral register across county Armagh’s two constituency areas. These names have been removed from the Electoral Register since the last Assembly election in May 2016. The Newry and Armagh area has seen 4,534 names removed while in Upper Bann, 3,451 names have been scratched from the list. The Electoral Office said that those removed from the list had not responded to its high profile canvass held during the Autumn of 2013. The canvass, which cost around £3.5m, sought to improve the accuracy of the North’s electoral register. It

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  • Buddha statue stolen from house in Monday morning burglary

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

    Buddha statue stolen from house in Monday morning burglary

    A Buddha statue was among a number of items stolen during a morning burglary at Banbridge house on Monday. Detectives are appealing for information following the incident in The Rowans area of the town yesterday morning. Entry was gained to the house sometime between 10.50 and 11.45am and a number of items taken, including a gold Buddha statue, along with a sum of money. Detective Constable Victoria Holmes is appealing for anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information to contact detectives in Lurgan on 101 quoting reference number

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  • SONI initiative gifts 2,000 free books for babies in Armagh and Dungannon areas

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

    SONI initiative gifts 2,000 free books for babies in Armagh and Dungannon areas

    SONI has teamed up with BookTrust NI to share 2,000 free books with babies. SONI’s support ensures BookTrust’s flagship programme, Bookstart Baby, can be gifted free to Sure Start families in the Armagh and Dungannon areas. To help celebrate the partnership between SONI (System Operator for Northern Ireland) and reading charity BookTrust, children’s entertainer Polly Poppet joined families at South Armagh Sure Start in Crossmaglen for a morning of playful story and rhyme time. The partnership sees 1,000 babies in the Armagh and Dungannon area receive a BookStart Baby Pack. These specially designed packs contain

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