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Brokenshire keen for progress on legacy issues

Secretary of State James Brokenshire in Londonderry. Credit: UTV

Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has said he wants to find a resolution on dealing with the past as quickly as possible.

Mr Brokenshire was speaking during a visit to Londonderry on Tuesday where he met with a delegation from the Pat Finucane Centre including victims’ families.

He told UTV he is keen to listen to their concerns to find a way forward.

“I recognise the desire for progress to be made quickly,” he said.

“I’m very keen to create the climate, to create that atmosphere where we are able to progress these issues, get those legacy bodies up and running and I hope, provide some answers for people who have been waiting a great deal of time.”

In a series of meetings with businesses, civic leaders and other key partners in the North West, the Secretary of State reiterated his commitment to ensure Northern Ireland’s voice is heard and interests protected in forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

“I am determined to ensure the UK Government works as closely as possible with people across Northern Ireland as we seek to make a success of the decision by the people of the United Kingdom to leave the EU,” he added in a statement.

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Man attacked in Derry robbery

A man has been attacked by two robbers and had a sum of money stolen in Londonderry.

The incident happened in the Rossville Street area of Derry at about 5am on Sunday, but details have just emerged.

The man did not sustain serious injuries, but detectives are appealing for help to identify those responsible for robbing him.

One of his attackers is said to have been aged in his early 30s, around 5ft 7ins tall and of slim build, wearing light-coloured clothes at the time of the incident.

The second is said to have been aged in his early 20s, around 5ft 4ins tall and was wearing blue-coloured clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at Strand Road PSNI station, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

AP McCoy leads tributes to JT McNamara

Renowned amateur jockey John Thomas McNamara has died aged 41. Credit: PA

Tony McCoy has led the tributes as the world of horse racing mourns the death of former jockey JT McNamara.

The prolific Irish amateur rider, who was paralysed following a serious fall two years ago, died at his home in Co Limerick at the age of 41.

Twenty-time champion jockey AP McCoy said he’ll be sadly missed.

McCoy said: “He was a brilliant man and he was a brilliant jockey too and it’s very sad circumstances - but I think it’s important we remember him as a brilliant jockey and as a brilliant person, because he was that.”

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Prime Minister to hold talks with Taoiseach

Prime Minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Enda Kenny are due to meet for talks at Downing Street on how Brexit will unfold.

It follows on from Ms May’s visit to Northern Ireland on Monday, when she met with the First and deputy First Ministers at Stormont Castle in Belfast.

The Irish Government said Tuesday's meeting will allow the two leaders to exchange views on a range of matters, including those affecting NI.

Enda Kenny said: "This meeting will provide an opportunity for us to have a strategic and constructive discussion on the impact of the referendum and how we are going to work together to protect the interests of all our citizens on these islands."

Man charged with rape in human trafficking probe

Detectives have charged a 28-year-old man with rape and false imprisonment as part of an investigation into human trafficking in Londonderry.

The man is also accused of human trafficking into the UK for sexual exploitation, causing and inciting prostitution and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He is due to appear at Londonderry Magistrates' Court on Tuesday morning.

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