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OAP foils knife gang by throwing sweets

ARMED thugs fled a North Belfast convenience store empty-handed after a plucky pensioner fought back by hurling sweets at the would-be robbers. The drama unfolded at around 7am on Sunday when three hooded men – one of them brandishing a fearsome nine-inch blade – entered Marshalls news-agents on the Oldpark Road. They threatened the 72-year-old shop […]

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Top cop: ‘We will go where evidence takes us’

The PSNI officer in charge of investigating racist hate crime has told the North Belfast News that recent attacks on homes cannot be linked to loyalist paramilitaries. However, Superintendent Paula Hillman said that many of the recent attacks were still under investigation and police would “go where the evidence takes us”. Speaking from her office […]

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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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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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Further disruption to local community

By david whelan 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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Who goes there, friend or foe…?

It must be hard for journalists to follow all the wars going on now. Because in these wars today’s enemy […]

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 […]