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News in brief: Almost 4000 attacks on healthcare staff

Published 07/08/2009

There were 3,622 attacks on healthcare staff in Northern Ireland between October 2008 and March of this year, according to new Government figures.

According to the Department of Health, staff in the Belfast Trust have been victims of the most number of attacks, with 463 verbal and 1,068 physical attacks over the six month period. In the Northern Trust, there were 642 incidents, followed by 547 in the Western Trust, 458 in the Southern Trust, 343 in the South Eastern Trust and 101 attacks against ambulance staff.

Man in court over cash van robbery

A 33-YEAR-OLD man is due in court today accused of robbing a cash transit van in Lisburn yesterday. The man is expected to appear at Craigavon Magistrate’s Court charged with robbery after a cash box was taken in the Belsize area yesterday. Shortly after the robbery, police stopped a van on the Barnfield Road and arrested a man in his 30s. The cash container was recovered intact.

Women warned of high heel ‘hazards’

Chiropodists have warned of the “hazards” of women workers being forced to wear high-heeled shoes and called for them to be replaced with “sensible and comfortable” ones instead. The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists said it believed many lower limb disorders were caused by women such as shopworkers and airline cabin crew being forced to wear high-heeled shoes as part of a uniform.

Terry reclaims top morning figures

Sir Terry Wogan has been re-confirmed as king of breakfast radio, pulling clear of rival Chris Moyles in the latest official listening figures. Moyles, the self-styled “saviour of Radio 1”, was almost neck and neck with Wogan for listeners in the last set of quarterly figures. But latest data showed 7.93m people tuned in to Wake Up To Wogan on BBC Radio 2 each week, well clear of the Chris Moyles show, which had 7.72m listeners each week.

80-yr-old whisky sells for over £11k

A whisky distilled more than 80 years ago has become the most expensive spirit of its type to be sold at auction. The Macallan Anniversary 50-year-old sold for £11,750 at McTear's Auctioneers' rare and collectible whisky sale in Glasgow. It was bought by a private collector in California.

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