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Four year old brings dope pipe home from school playgroud

The principal of a North Belfast nursery school has spoken of her shock after a four-year-old pupil found a cannabis pipe in the school yard and brought it home. The girl found the pipe in the grounds of Stanhope Street Nursery School in Carrickhill on Monday

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Homeless families delight at handing over of keys

The keys to an 11 home social housing development in North Belfast were handed over to their delighted owners last week. The 11 new houses have been built in the Stanhope Street area of Carrickhill and the new owners were given the keys last Wednesday morning.

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Waterworks escapee rustles cops feathers

Bank holiday motorists came in for a surprise on Monday morning (June 4) when a fully-grown swan came causally walking up the Antrim Road. The animal, which had escaped from the pond in the Waterworks, was seen flying low over cars at around 10am.

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Zoo day for Ben Magidan kids

Over 2,000 pre-school children, including kids from North Belfast, descended on Belfast Zoo last week for an annual educational visit for early years pupils. The Zoo Days event, organised by young children’s organisation Early Years, included kids from Ben Madigan prep school and Avoca Playgroup in the Oldpark area.

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Dad deemed unfit to live alone is returned to his flat after fire

The family of a North Belfast man say they don’t know why their father, who suffers from dementia, has been allowed to live alone in his Ardoyne flat after being deemed unfit to care for himself last year. Tommy Inglis was moved back in the Flax Street flat in April after spending seven months at the Owenvale Court care home in West Belfast after being told he was unable to care for himself.

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Stormont suicide group fails to meet in 18 months

A LEADING suicide prevention worker has slammed a panel of Stormont ministers, appointed to an ‘emergency taskforce’ designed to tackle the suicide crisis here, after revelations that they have failed to meet since January 2011. The Ministerial Co-ordination Group on Suicide Prevention was set up in 2006 at the launch of the ‘Protect Life’ strategy whose aim was to significantly reduce soaring suicide rates by 2011.

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