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Students’ phones are snatched at bus stop

A GANG of criminals believed to be responsible for a rise in break-ins and burglaries in the New Lodge area are preying on vulnerable schoolchildren as they queue for buses after school on the busy Antrim Road. On Tuesday, a 16-year-old Belfast Royal Academy pupil became the second of the school’s students in a month […]

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Why don’t we want money for business?

Just over £7,000 has been offered to West Belfast business start-ups by Invest NI over the past year, leaving it way behind the rest of the north in the race to create new jobs. Shock new figures released by Invest NI show that in the financial year 2013 to 2014, just £7,780 in financial assistance […]

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Cowardly thugs target Alice (91) in her home

The daughter of a 91-year-old Whitewell woman who was subjected to a horrifying ordeal by a gang of burglars has branded the culprits “absolute scumbags”. Catrina McKernon said her mother, Alice McGreevy, is still badly shaken after her ordeal. At least two men were involved in the ransacking of her home on Thursday last. “My […]

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West tops child poverty league

West Belfast has the highest rate of child poverty in the whole of the north, according to shock figures in a new ‘deprivation map’. The Campaign to End Child Poverty, an umbrella group made up of 150 organisations including children’s charities and child welfare organisations, have released stats that show more than 20 per cent […]

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Further disruption to local community

By david whelan       d.whelan@belfastmediagroup.com A LEADING PSNI officer has said that he does not believe the latest spike in security incidents, which have caused serious disruption in nationalist areas of North Belfast, is an upscaling of dissident republican activity but warned that it is ‘a stark reminder of the situation’. Chief Superindent Nigel Grimshaw, was […]

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Why no charges over son’s brutal murder?

THE mother of a man murdered in cold blood and dumped in a North Belfast park has made an emotional appeal for information on his one-year anniversary. Rosaleen Kearney spoke publicly for the first time since her son Kevin’s brutal murder as family and friends gathered at the spot where his body was found on […]

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Mother and daughter reunion

In a local version of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, an English family has made an emotional pilgrimage to the grave of their grandmother in the City Cemetery. Margaret Douglas Steven-son, Valerie Plesnorlviczh, James Douglas and his wife Margaret Douglas made the trip from Nottingham this week. The Douglases lost their mother, Kathleen Lennox […]

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Hip-happy Daniel is hoping to enjoy further success

Local hip hop artist Daniel Juma is set to make waves at the regional final of the Open Mic UK talent competition. Daniel, who only began rapping a year ago, entered the competition after hearing about it from his girlfriend. “After a few live shows I was hungry to keep performing,” he told the Andersonstown […]

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From Hardinge to Street Park Lodge

The Christian Brothers were a great organisation for planning ahead. In the late 1950s they looked at the growth of […]

Top Gear’s bottom marks for figures

REGULAR readers of this column will know that Squinter enjoys the occasional punt, so the vagaries of chance are a […]

The numbers game

PICK a number – any number… That’s normally the line of a TV magician about to pull off a card trick, […]

Axing camouflages real target

Under Dr Maguire’s approach and restructuring of historic investigations, post-Al Hutchinson, the Office of the Police Ombudsman now enjoys the […]

Meeting goes downhill very quickly

THERE’S a car half-blocking the entrance to the Andytown News. It’s a black Fiesta with a southern registration and there’s […]

There’s one fine county in Ireland

When you’re a city person, sights like this can really surprise you. Rows upon rows of gnarled, old trees, branches […]