Belfast Telegraph


Blast bombs 'not sectarian'

BOMB disposal experts have recovered two devices, found during a security alert in Maghera, it emerged today.

BOMB disposal experts have recovered two devices, found during a security alert in Maghera, it emerged today.

The Army was sent to Mullagh Lane in the Co Londonderry town after a telephone warning that a device had been left in the area.

Part of the town was sealed off during the security operation, while the bomb unit made safe two blast bombs which were taken away for examination.

A police spokesman said: "Although the motive is still unclear, it is not believed to be sectarian."

Anyone with information on the incident or who may have seen suspicious activity in the area over the last few days is asked to contact police on 028 7963 3701.

Two in court over hit and run death TWO men arrested in connection with a fatal hit and run in Belfast were expected in Belfast Magistrate's Court today.

The pair were arrested in connection with an accident on the Spring- field Road last September, when 37-year-old Corne- lius Butler was knocked down and killed as he crossed a zebra crossing.

A 40-year-old has been charged with withholding information, while a 27-year-old is charged with two counts of perverting the course of justice.

Several other people arrested in connection with the incident have since been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Teenage accident victim named POLICE today named the 16-year-old Belfast youth who died in a road accident at the weekend.

Glen Truesdale, from Manor Street, died when the Ford Escort he was driving collided with a lorry at the Horseshoe Bend on the Upper Crumlin Road on Sunday afternoon.

The lorry driver was treated for shock.

Searches part of Stobie case POLICE have carried out a number of searches across Belfast as part of the William Stobie murder investigation.

The searches were in the north-west and east of the city, and a number of items recovered.

Floods cost £85,000 THE cost of repairing flood damage to the Promenade area of Newcastle will total £85,000.

The Central Promenade and promenade at Downs Road were buffeted in the recent storms.

The council's director of client services, Frank Cunningham, said the cost of repairs to the Central Promenade will top £55,000 alone. Down council is preparing to claim under its insurance policies.

Rates set to go up by 3.66% RATES in Cookstown will be going up by 3.66%.

The new domestic rate is 112.78p in the pound, an increase of 3.99p, while the non-domestic rate is being increased by .59p to 16.71p.

A reduction in the General Exchequer Grant accounts for .81p of the increase in the domestic rate.

To the owner of an average dwelling the increase will represent about £20 per annum.

The estimate allows for expenditure of almost £5m.

Remanded on arson charge TWO youths have been in court following an arson attack on Burger King in Armagh's Mall Shopping Centre.

John William Faherty (17), of Albert Place, Armagh, and a 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were remanded in custody to a further hearing in the city's magistrate's court on March 5.

New post office is opened A NEW sub-post-office has been opened at Ballyward near Castlewellan.

For almost a year people who live in the area have had to travel to Castlewellan and Banbridge to collect their pensions and transact other business.

Toilet block on the market AN Enniskillen estate agency is looking for a buyer "flushed" with cash.

Because the Smyth Leslie company is selling a former public toilet block in the town.

It could be said the toilet block is "convenient" to all other amenities and is accessible from both sides of the town.

According to the property advertisement, the property sits on about 0.025 acres and could be suitable for re-development for a variety of commercial uses subject to planning approvals.

The for sale advertisement is the first in a "chain" of events which will eventually lead to a new owner.

Centre to open A CONCERT performance on Saturday will follow the official opening of Banbridge's new £4m leisure centre.

The ceremony at the Downshire Road complex will be followed by a Viennese Concert performance by the Ulster Orchestra.

All the well-known favourites will be featured as will many more of the Strauss family's most popular waltzes, polkas and marches.

The leisure centre is built on the site of the old facility which was a converted railway goods depot.

Spreading gospel LAGAN Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson will be taking part in the evening of gospel praise at Lisburn CWU Hall this Saturday at 7.30pm.

He will relate how he became a Christian and the importance of faith in his daily life.

Also appearing will be the Way to Life Choir from Armagh, Belfast soloist Iris Evans and the New Dawn male quartet.

Pastor George Sands, of Hulls Hill Pentecostal Church in the town, will chair the evening.

Magherafelt rates rise RATES in the Magherafelt District are to go up by 3.17% in the coming financial year.

The new domestic rate will be 101.34p in the pound, up 3.12p on the current year's figure.

The non-domestic rate is to be 15.93p.

Estimated council expenditure on local services in the coming year is almost £5.5m.

Housing refurbishment THE Housing Executive is to spend £1.1m to upgrade 47 homes in Rathfriland.

Work is due to start in the summer in Stewarts Crescent, Mourneview Park, Wrights Park, Cross Heights and Iveagh Crescent.

An Executive spokesman said the refurbishment would be extensive and include heating, windows and rewiring.

Kitchens and bathrooms will also be upgraded.

DUP seek talks on rising crime DUP Assembly members, Jim Shannon and Iris Robinson, have asked to meet police chiefs to discuss burglaries and attacks on the elderly in the Killyleagh area.

Community worker, Billy Walker, who is to take part in the meeting, said there is considerable concern at rising crime against the elderly in the Co Down town.

Lisburn Council reviews security TROUBLE at a Lisburn Council meeting several months ago, which resulted in protesters being removed from the public gallery during a debate on the flying of the Union flag, has promoted further consideration of the security situation.

The council has named 108 officers, who have authority along with security guards employed by the council at Lagan Valley Island, to remove persons from council- owned public facilities.

Council backs plastic bullet ban A SINN Fein motion calling on the Policing Board to impose an immediate ban on the use of plastic bullets by the police has been adopted by Cookstown District Council.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph