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Video: Miss Northern Ireland 2016 - Psychology student Emma Carswell wins the crown

A psychology student who volunteers at a suicide prevention charity has been crowned Miss Northern Ireland 2016.

Emma Carswell, who will grace numerous newspaper and magazine covers over the next year, volunteers at Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention NI.

The 21-year-old Co Down beauty's crowning last night was the pinnacle of a thrilling finale to the competition, sponsored by Therapie Clinic.

The glittering event at the Europa Hotel in Belfast was compered by UTV's Marc Mallett and Zoe Salmon, the 1999 winner.

Some 17 former Miss Northern Irelands including Lucy Evangelista McCullough, Lori Moore, Rebekah Shirley and competition organiser Alison Campbell, applauded as 2015 winner Leanne McDowell passed the baton to Emma.

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