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Today's headlines: Thousands of attacks on NHS staff... BBC reporter's plea to stalker... F1 bosses would blush at Stormont rule changes, says chamber chief

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Four out of every five incidents reported were physical attacks.

Four out of every five incidents reported were physical attacks.

Four out of every five incidents reported were physical attacks.

Here are today's news headlines from across Northern Ireland. Stay with us for live updates and all the latest developments throughout the day.

NI healthcare staff face 5,500 attacks in six months

Sexual assaults, spitting, kicking and scratching were among the 5,500 attacks on healthcare staff over a six-month period, it has emerged.

Stormont rule change on Covid passports 'would have left F1 embarrassed'

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Role: Simon Hamilton in the city centre

Role: Simon Hamilton in the city centre

Role: Simon Hamilton in the city centre

Ex-DUP minister Simon Hamilton, now Belfast Chamber head, tells Margaret Canning the mood is ‘worried, weary and wary’ over the pandemic, and admits he’s very happy to be out of Stormont.

I just want you to stop, BBC reporter tells teenage troll

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BBC NI journalist Aileen Moynagh

BBC NI journalist Aileen Moynagh

BBC NI journalist Aileen Moynagh

A BBC journalist has told a judge in Dublin how she hoped bringing an “obsessive” teenage troll to court would “shine a light” on the dangers of social media and act as a deterrent.

DUP’s Jim Wells taking packed lunch to Stormont after canteen ‘ban’ under Covid rules

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Jim Wells Photo: PA

Jim Wells Photo: PA

Jim Wells Photo: PA

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Assembly says regulations must be followed as MLA tells of bringing sandwiches into work.

Aaron Webb: 12-year-old boy remembered as ‘special and outgoing’ at funeral

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Mourners gather at the funeral of Aaron Webb

Mourners gather at the funeral of Aaron Webb

Mourners gather at the funeral of Aaron Webb

A 12-year-old boy who died after being knocked down by a van in Co Antrim last week has been remembered as a "very special child" at his funeral.

Inmate moved off republican wing after turning his back on violence

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Joseph Barr

Joseph Barr

Joseph Barr

A man from Londonderry who disavowed violence during a High Court bail application has been removed from the republican wing of Maghaberry Prison.

From Love Island to Dancing With The Stars for hunk Matt

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New venture: Matthew MacNabb says he’s keen to take to the dancefloor in front of a TV audience

New venture: Matthew MacNabb says he’s keen to take to the dancefloor in front of a TV audience

New venture: Matthew MacNabb says he’s keen to take to the dancefloor in front of a TV audience

Co Down man who found fame in Casa Amor signs up for RTE show.


Waste not, want not: Community Fridges helping to make positive climate impact

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Initiative: Christine Deeney (left), Magilligan Community Association, Community Fridge Coordinator, with Leona Ferris, Community Development Officer

Initiative: Christine Deeney (left), Magilligan Community Association, Community Fridge Coordinator, with Leona Ferris, Community Development Officer

Initiative: Christine Deeney (left), Magilligan Community Association, Community Fridge Coordinator, with Leona Ferris, Community Development Officer

Community Fridges are helping to reduce food waste and make positive climate impact, writes Amy Cochrane.

Ruthless Cliftonville to meet holders Coleraine in League Cup final

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Coleraine ace Conor McKendry helped the League Cup holders shoot down Warrenpoint Town 6-1 to set up a final with Cliftonville

Coleraine ace Conor McKendry helped the League Cup holders shoot down Warrenpoint Town 6-1 to set up a final with Cliftonville

Coleraine ace Conor McKendry helped the League Cup holders shoot down Warrenpoint Town 6-1 to set up a final with Cliftonville

Coleraine and Cliftonville will battle it out in the final of the BetMcLean League Cup in March after last night’s final-four showdowns.

Ulster hit by Baloucoune injury blow

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Robert Baloucoune

Robert Baloucoune

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Robert Baloucoune

Ulster confirm winger will miss this Friday’s Heineken Champions Cup clash against the Northampton Saints due to a shoulder injury.

Declan Bogue: Derry are proof we haven't got a split season

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Conor Glass is one of several Glen stars still putting their shoulder to the wheel

Conor Glass is one of several Glen stars still putting their shoulder to the wheel

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Conor Glass is one of several Glen stars still putting their shoulder to the wheel

We are all agreed then that the split season did what it was intended? Declan Bogue looks at the permutations for Derry.


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