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Crews extinguish fire at linen mill in Maghera

Fire crews have dealt with a blaze at a textiles recycling centre outside Maghera in Co Londonderry.

It's understood the fire at William Clarke and Sons linen mill started at around 1.40pm on Sunday.

The two storey building was well alight and the roof had collapsed when crews arrived at the scene.

No staff were working inside at the time.

There was a danger of the fire spreading to nearby properties however five fire appliances, an aerial appliance and water tanker - which pumped water from an underground river - brought the blaze under control.

Some crews remain at the scene on Sunday evening as investigations into the cause of the fire continue.


Donegal actor Art Parkinson up for two Oscars

Schoolboy actor Art Parkinson is up for two awards at the Oscars.

The 15-year-old from Donegal starred in Kubo and the Two Strings, which has been nominated in the animated feature and visual effects categories.

It comes after the film was named best animation at the BAFTAs earlier this month.

Art spoke to Pamela on this week’s UTV Life about working with some of the biggest stars of stage and screen - and balancing his acting career with school.


Kidnapping charge after car with children inside stolen

The incident happened at Boucher Crescent on Saturday.

A man is facing a number of charges including kidnapping after a car with two young children inside was hijacked in Belfast.

The incident happened on Boucher Crescent on Saturday when a woman got out of a car and a man jumped in and drove off.

Members of the public helped stop the car and the children were not hurt.

Police said a 35-year-old man has been charged with kidnapping, aggravated vehicle taking causing injury, common assault, driving when unfit through drink or drugs, failing to provide a specimen of breath for preliminary test, failing to provide specimen when driving unfit, no driving licence and using a motor vehicle without insurance.

He is due before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Monday 27 morning.

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