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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 him money.

Meanwhile, Economy Minister Simon Hamilton MLA has today provided an update on the publication of the details of businesses benefiting from the RHI Scheme.

The Minister said: “I believe that it is absolutely imperative that there is complete openness and transparency around the RHI scheme and particular in respect of the naming of businesses benefiting from the scheme. It has always been my intention to publish this information. However, I have equally always been mindful that I can only do so in accordance with my legal obligations.

“Last month, my Department wrote to all of those participating in the non domestic RHI scheme indicating my desire to publish recipients details. The Department is currently analysing the responses received and are following a clear process as required under section 10 of the 1998 Data Protection Act. The process will balance the competing interests of transparency and the right to privacy and protection in accordance with the law.

“I anticipate that the process will be concluded by the beginning of next week and it would be my intention to publish RHI recipient details on Wednesday 25 January.”

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