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Gerard lights the way for others

A North Belfast man who lost his son to suicide seven years ago has been chosen as one of the London 2012 Olympic torchbearers who will carry the iconic flame across the North. Oldpark man Gerard McCartan, whose son Danny took his own life in 2005, has been a member of PIPS suicide support group along with his wife Carol for a number of years campaigning for better mental health care in the north.

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Suspected cannabis factory on Serpentine

Police in North Belfast discovered a suspected cannabis factory at a house on the Serpentine Road this week. The search was carried out on Tuesday afternoon (March 20) and approximately 50 cannabis plants were seized. During the policing operation a quantity of suspected cocaine was discovered at another property in the area. A number of items were seized from both premises.

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Man threatened in ONH letter

Dissident republican group Óglaigh na hÉireann has issued a threat against a Whitewell man saying he has 24 hours to leave the district because of alleged drug dealing. The threat, which was issued in a letter distributed in the area last night (Wednesday), accuses the man, who is believed to be aged in his 40s, of drug dealing and antisocial behaviour.

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No action on damp house

A pregnant North Belfast woman who has pleaded with the Housing Executive to repair her damp sodden home says assurances made to her that the problems would be addressed have not been followed through. Julie Ann Kingham contacted the North Belfast News in January to express her concern about the damp problem in her Oldpark home and how it was affecting the health of her asthma suffering daughter Demi-Lee.

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Cross community activity and commerce thrive on the Whitewell

One thing that has set the Whitewell area apart from other communities over the years is the strong community spirit. A North Belfast area once known for interface violence and marching season tensions has defied the odds with the launch of a new cross community organisation.

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Womens groups join forces for gender equality

Two Ardoyne groups who have been campaigning for gender equality in their communities are to work together for the first time today on International Women’s Day (today, Thursday). Ardoyne Women’s Group and Ardoyne Association have joined forces for the first time to celebrate the day with an event that could see them form stronger links in the future.

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