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Electricity restored to thousands following Storm Doris

Storm Doris caused power cuts in homes across Northern Ireland Credit: Pacemaker

NIE say electricity has now been restored to all customers affected by power cuts caused by Storm Doris.

Emergency teams worked throughout Thursday to repair damage to the network.

In total over 24,000 customers were left without electricity.

The key areas affected were Counties Fermanagh, Armagh and Down.

NIE spokeswoman said power has been restored to all customers Credit: NIE

During the storm's peak high winds felled trees, electricity lines and poles.

A tree at the iconic Dark Hedges snapped in the force of the winds, not the first to be claimed by bad weather at the famous Game of Thrones location.

Damage caused to one of the iconic trees at the Dark Hedges Credit: UTV

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Man released unconditionally over Newtownabbey shooting

A house was targeted in the Bawnmore area on Sunday 5 February. Credit: UTV

A 29-year-old man arrested by police investigating a shooting incident in Newtownabbey earlier this month has been released unconditionally.

The arrest was made after searches in the Bawnmore and Mill Road areas on Thursday morning.

Two shots were fired at a house in the Bawnmore Drive area on the evening of Sunday 5 February.

A man in his 30s was inside the property at the time.

No- one was injured in the attack.

Police seize TV set-top boxes in counterfeiting probe

Police searched commercial and residential premises.

TV set-top boxes, computer equipment and tens of thousands of pounds have been seized during searches in north and west Belfast as part of an investigation into counterfeiting.

Two businesses and two homes were searched as part of the ongoing probe by intellectual property crime involving FACT – a UK intellectual property protection organisation - and the PSNI.

Officers seized a number of the set-top boxes, computer equipment, mobile phones as well as £77,000 in cash.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Reid, who leads on PSNI’s Intellectual Property Crime, said: “People think these are victimless crimes and wonder what harm it does to buy fake goods or pirated services.

“It is not harmless and there are real victims as a consequence of people’s actions in buying such products such as inadvertently supporting organised crime gangs and criminals through what might seem harmless purchases.

“Police need the support of the community to help tackle this hidden crime.”

Kieron Sharp, Director General of FACT, added: “Illegal TV set-top boxes are becoming a growing issue for the creative industries.

“Many people don’t realise that buying these illegal TV devices will have damaging consequences to the thousands of people working in the TV, film and sports sectors as well as the UK economy.

“Combatting these unlawful devices is one of our biggest priorities and so we would like to thank the PSNI for their swift action in disrupting this criminality.”

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Power restored to over 20,000 customers affected by Storm Doris

Electricity has been restored to over 20,000 customers affected by power cuts caused by Storm Doris.

Around 500 customers remained cut off at 8pm, a NIE spokeswoman said at 8pm, with power returned to around 24,000 customers.

During the storm's peak high winds felled trees, electricity lines and poles.

A tree at the iconic Dark Hedges snapped in the force of the winds, not the first to be claimed by bad weather at the famous Game of Thrones location.

Credit: UTV

A number of flights at both Belfast City and International Airports were cancelled.

Others faced delays due to the knock on effect from the worst of the weather conditions experienced in other parts of the UK.

The Met Office upgraded the storm to a "weather bomb" - when a storm rapidly deepens in the space of 24 hours – and winds reached 94mph when it hit mainland Great Britain early in the morning.

In Wolverhampton, a woman was killed by a huge piece of debris in the gales.

While the warning for wind ends at 8pm, an ice warning is in place across Northern Ireland from Thursday at 6pm until Friday at 9am.

"As the more persistent rain, sleet and snow clears on Thursday afternoon and evening, temperature will fall quickly and untreated surfaces will freeze, with ice forming," the Chief Forecaster said.

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