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NI Weather: Sunny spells developing

Another mainly dry but rather cloudy day. Credit: UTV

Another mainly dry but rather cloudy day, although more in the way of sunnier spells are expected to develop during Saturday afternoon.

Southeasterly breeze developing.

Maximum temperature 9°C.

**Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:**

Dry and settled Sunday and Monday with sunny or clear spells and overnight fog and frost.

Cloudier on Tuesday with outbreaks of rain and freshening winds, the rain heavy later.

Man arrested after woman injured in Downpatrick

Margaret Ritchie said police have been carrying out investigations in the estate on Friday evening.

A woman is seriously ill in hospital following an incident in Downpatrick.

The Ambulance Service was called to a house in the Thomas Russell Park area shortly before 1pm on Friday.

They brought the woman to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment on serious injuries.

Police said a 30-year-old man has been arrested by officers investigating the incident and is currently assisting with enquiries.

SDLP MP for the area Margaret Ritchie, who went to the estate on Friday, has called for support and prayers for the woman.


Call to think twice before buying puppies as presents

The Dogs Trust is again calling on anyone considering picking a puppy for a Christmas present to think twice.

It's a message we hear every year, but people are still ignoring it - leaving lots of puppies without a home.

The Ballymena-based charity has told UTV it continues to receive unwanted dogs over the festive season from ill-prepared owners.

“We’re making surethis year that we try and get the message out there to everyone that a puppy asa present is really not ideal," said Emma Martin.

“We want to make sure everyone realises that it could be up to 14 years of your life that you’re looking after that dog and it’s a very big responsibility.”


Three men arrested after police car chase

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Three men have been arrested in Belfast after being pursued by a police car.

A spokesman for the PSNI said the incident occurred shortly after 11am on Friday in the Agnes Street area.

DI Mark McHaffie said a suspected stolen vehicle "failed to stop for police, drove through a red traffic light and collided with another vehicle before hitting a wall.

"The occupant of the other vehicle was subsequently taken to hospital. All three men remain in custody and an investigation is currently underway,” he said.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information about it, to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 378 on 02/12/16.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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