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'Children need positivity now' - De La Salle parent

Gerry Carroll Senior, Concerned Parents Committee Chairman, has welcomed the report into De La Salle College.

He says the committee will go over the details before meeting with the Education Minister. His son, who attends the school, will receive his GCSE results on Thursday.

Mr Carroll said if his grades are below the standard expected “we will certainly not let things go”.

He described what the atmosphere has been like at the school, adding he hoped the report would see changes being made.

“The children need some positivity now,” he said.

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House of late musician Stephen Martin burgled

The house of the late musician Stephen Martin was burgled in Londonderry. Credit: PSNI

The house of the late Limavady musician Stephen Martin was burgled in the days before his body was found in Co Sligo.

The body of Mr Martin, who performed under the name Rainy Boy Sleep, was found on a beach in Sligo on Sunday 14 August.

His house on Great James Street, Londonderry, was burgled sometime between 10.30am on Thursday 11 August and 11.30am on Friday 12 August.

PSNI Constable Evans said: “Sentimental items were stolen, including a blue electric Stratocaster guitar, a keyboard, a sum of money and assorted musical equipment.

“Stephens’s family would appreciate any helping in locating these items.”

Police and Army searches in Larne

Police and the Army are currently carrying out searches in Larne as part of a terrorism-related probe linked to the arrest of a British soldier in England.

Searches are also being carried out at an address and woodlands in South Devon.

Soldier arrest ‘linked to arms dumps finds in NI’

Police discover a weapons dump at Carnfunnock Country Park in March. Credit: Pacemaker

A serving British soldier suspected of involvement in Northern Ireland-related terrorism is thought to have been arrested in connection with the discovery of two terrorist hides in the region.

The 30-year-old was arrested in Somerset on Wednesday afternoon.

He is believed to be from Northern Ireland, it has been reported, and was detained on suspicion of preparation for acts of terrorism in a pre-planned swoop.

It is understood his arrest is related to two major dissident republican arms dumps found in Carnfunnock and Capanagh parks near Larne, Co Antrim, earlier this year.

An armour-piercing improvised rocket and two anti-personnel mines were among the cache recovered at Capanagh in May.

In March, bomb-making items were found at nearby Carnfunnock Country Park.

Weapons stashed in a barrel discovered at Capanagh Forest in May. Credit: Pacemaker

CCMS accepts recommendations for De La Salle College

The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) said it has accepted the recommendations made to improve conditions at De La Salle College.

CCMS is committed to working with the school and the other relevant bodies to ensure the implementation of these recommendations. We will now study the report and its proposals in more detail to develop a comprehensive plan to ensure a more positive experience for all those involved with the school.

There are both challenges and opportunities arising from the report which, with the goodwill, spirit of co-operation and positive leadership from everyone involved, will ensure that the focus remains firmly on a high quality education experience for the pupils and a deservedly enhanced reputation for De La Salle and all who study and work there.

– CCMS

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