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Court hears Ivor Bell suffers from dementia

The defendant, from Ramoan Gardens in west Belfast, did not appear at the pre-trial hearing in Belfast Crown Court on Monday. Credit: PA

A court has heard that a veteran republican charged in connection with the notorious IRA murder of Jean McConville is suffering from dementia.

Lawyers for Ivor Bell, from Ramoan Gardens in west Belfast, told a judge that he has been diagnosed with a vascular form of dementia.

The 79-year-old denies two charges connected to the murder of the mother-of-10.

Mrs McConville was kidnapped from her home in Divis flats in 1972.

The case was adjourned until later this month.

Stormont reception for double champion Rea

Rea was recognised at Stormont for his achievements. Credit: Pacemaker

Double World Superbikes Champion Jonathan Rea has been welcomed home with a special reception at Stormont.

The Ballyclare rider claimed back-to-back titles this year, becoming the first man to do so in nearly 20 years.

Sports Minister Paul Givan said it was an honour to celebrate Rea's achievement.

“In order to win a world championship, a rider needs fantastic skills levels but also drive, determination, commitment and a strong nerve," said the minister.

"Jonathan has certainly demonstrated this on numerous occasions and for him to win back to back championships is an incredible achievement."

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Man dies after Dungiven two-vehicle crash

The Foreglen Road remains closed following the fatal crash. Credit: Presseye

A man in his 30s has died following a two-vehicle crash on the Foreglen Road between Claudy and Dungiven in Co Londonderry early on Monday morning.

The crash, involving a car and a van, happened at about 6.30am, just outside Dungiven, heading towards Claudy.

The road remains closed in both directions and diversions are in place.

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them at the Collision Investigation Unit on 101.

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Serious crash in Co Londonderry closes road

The Foreglen Road has been closed in both directions. Credit: Presseye

There has been a serious road traffic collision on the Foreglen Road between Claudy and Dungiven.

The incident on Monday morning is understood to have happened just outside Dungiven, heading towards Claudy.

The road has been closed in both directions.

Diversions are in place, but delays are expected in the area.

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