Archive | April, 2014

Man loses hearing after savage attack

The distraught mother of a young New Lodge man, who was so badly beaten in a weekend street attack he has lost hearing in one ear, has appealed for eyewitnesses to come forward so the culprit can be charged. Martin Ward, 23, was walking back to his Spamount Street home in the early hours of […]

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Who murdered ex-CIRA leader?

The murder of Tommy Crossan is still shrouded in mystery almost one week after he was assassinated in broad daylight in West Belfast, The well-known 43-year-old, who was a former leader of the CIRA before being expelled by that organisation, was gunned down as he sat in the office of a diesel yard on the […]

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Flats arsonsist who ‘wanted to die’ is jailed

A man with 65 previous convictions who set fire to his 16th floor flat on the New Lodge Road three years ago was jailed in Belfast Crown Court last Friday (April 11) after pleading guilty to arson. The court heard that James Dixon, 50, of Kinnaird Close, Belfast, set fire to his flat in Grainne […]

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Casement club stand-off is resolved

A SIT-IN protest by members of Casement Social Club ended on Monday afternoon after the intervention of a senior GAA figure from outside the county. The social club received a letter on Friday afternoon from solicitors acting for the  Antrim County Board instructing them to vacate the premises by midnight on Sunday. Members staged a sit-in […]

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CARA slam Easter Monday parades decision

An Ardoyne residents group has hit out at a Parades Commission decision to allow a  loyalist band, self-labelled as ‘Ulster’s Number 1 Blood and Thunder band’, to march past the area on Easter Monday. CARA (Crumlin Ardoyne Residents Association) said the decision to allow the Shankill Protestant Boys Flute Band to take part in the […]

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Harry set to return to Belfast

West Belfast businessman Harry Fitzsimons is expected to return home shortly after he was freed from jail in Italy where he was being held as part of a £400m Mafia investigation. An arrest warrant for the Andersonstown man was issued by the Italian police in March last year in connection with an alleged money-laundering scheme […]

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