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Lightning strikes father and two children

Ambulances at the scene at Laurelhill in Lisburn following the lightening strike. Credit: Richard Bradley (NI Duathlon)

Lightning has struck and injured a father and his two children in Northern Ireland, UTV understands.

The man and a five-year-old boy are fighting for their lives, while a seven-year-old girl was seriously injured during the incident at Lisburn in Co Antrim.

It is understood the three people had been at a school sports event at around 2pm at Laurehill Road when they were hit.

A spokeswoman for the South Eastern Area Health and Social Services Trust said the man was in a critical condition at Lagan Valley Hospital and would be transferred to an intensive care unit as soon as practically possible.

The two children were taken by ambulance to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Belfast for treatment to burns

A spokesman for the Belfast Health Trust confirmed the boy was critically ill and that the girl was in a serious condition.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it sent a number of rapid response and A&E crews to the scene.

Heavy downpours have also caused severe flooding in the town.



Explosives discovered in 'terrorist hide' in Northern Ireland

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Explosive parts have been found in a "terrorist hide" in Northern Ireland, police said.

The discovery at Capanagh Forest near Larne, Co Antrim, comes two months after bomb-making items were found at nearby Carnfunnock Country Park.

Detectives are investigating whether the finds are linked.

Police said the items, which have been taken away for examination, were discovered by two members of the public on Saturday.

This investigation is at a very early stage and we are working to establish whether this find is linked to a terrorist hide that was discovered at Carnfunnock country park near Larne in March 2016.

I would ask the public to remain vigilant wherever they are and whatever they are doing.

If you see any suspicious activity, or have seen anything unusual in this area, please contact police so that we can act on the given information.

– Detective Inspector Adrian Brown

Man shot in the ankles in spate of shootings

A man has been shot in the ankles in the most recent of a spate of shootings in Northern Ireland.

The shooting took place in the Ballymagroarty area of Londonderry in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The man was hospitalised but police have not named or given the age of the victim.

This latest incident is one of a number of shootings in Northern Ireland in recent days.

A takeaway delivery driver was murdered in Belfast on Monday night - the fourth gun attack in the city in four days.

Police have appealed for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

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