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News Briefs: Pensioner hit in face

A MAN in his seventies was struck in the face during a robbery at his Co Antrim home, police have revealed.

A MAN in his seventies was struck in the face during a robbery at his Co Antrim home, police have revealed.

Around 12.15am on Sunday two men, one brandishing a baton, forced their way into a house at Moyarget Road, Ballycastle, and hit their victim in the face as they forced him down onto a settee before stealing cash.

Business park plan approved

PLANS for a major business park in Banbridge have been given the seal of approval by the town's Chamber of Trade.

Chairman John Houston said he felt the Bridgewater Park scheme, just off the A1, would help Banbridge compete on an equal footing with neighbouring towns.

He said at present other towns and cities in Northern Ireland and the Republic draw off a considerable volume of consumer spending from Banbridge.

£1.1m facelift for Co Antrim estate

A £1.1m boost for a Ballymena housing estate, which has often been associated with the Co Antrim town's much-publicised heroin problems, underlines a commitment to revitalising the area, the Housing Executive has said.

Forty homes at the Doury Road estate are to benefit from the improvement contract, the main elements of which include new kitchens and bathrooms, window replacement and the installing or upgrading of central heating systems.

First Baha'i marriage

THE first legally recognised Baha'i marriage in Northern Ireland has taken place in Cullybackey between Carmen Zambrana Candel and John Twiname.

Before invited guests, in the drawing room of The Dreen, the groom's home, the marriage was solemnised by the Baha'i marriage officer, Dr Beman Khosravi.

Up to the start of this year, if members of a religious minority wanted to get married, the law required that there should be an additional civil wedding.

Craft group celebrates

THE Harmony Hill Craft Group celebrate their 20th anniversary with a special exhibition, Retrospective: Twenty Years On, in the Island Arts Centre from Thursday, April 29 to Saturday, May 8.