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Man and woman escape injury in petrol bomb attack

A man and woman have escaped injury after a petrol bomb was thrown at their home in Tandragee, Co Armagh in the early hours.

Firefighters had to be called to the property at Austin Drive at about 3.15am on Saturday and a fire was extinguished at the front of the house.

While the man in his 30s and woman in her 20s were unhurt, smoke damage was caused to the kitchen as a result.

“Police are working to establish a motive for this attack,” PSNI Inspector Lynsey Barr said.

“We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation, to contact officers in Armagh.”

Information can also be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Teen in hospital after gang attack in Omagh

A teenager is in a serious condition in hospital after being attacked by a gang armed with some kind of club or bat in Omagh.

The victim of the serious assault had to be taken to hospital. Credit: PA

The 18-year-old was walking along Hospital Road, close to the tennis courts, at about 3am on Saturday when a number of males got out of a black car and carried out the assault.

The victim suffered serious injuries to his head and body as a result.

Another 18-year-old was arrested a short time later on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and he remains in custody assisting police with their enquiries.

PSNI Detective Inspector Brian Foster is appealing for anyone who was in the area and witnessed the assault or a black coloured car to contact police in Omagh on the 101 number.

Anyone with information can also pass it anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Teenage girl hit by car in Lurgan seriously injured

A teenage girl has been seriously injured after being hit by a car in Lurgan.

Police are investigating the incident in Lurgan, Co Armagh. Credit: UTV

The incident involving the 16-year-old pedestrian happened in the Lake Street area at about 9.40pm on Friday.

PSNI Sergeant Mel Gibson said: “Lake Street was closed for several hours overnight while officers investigated the collision involving a car and a pedestrian.

“The 16-year-old was taken to hospital with serious injuries.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, or anyone who recalls seeing the car prior to the collision, to get in touch as soon as possible to assist the investigation.

Sergeant Gibson added: “Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact Police at Lurgan on 101 quoting reference number1310 29/07/16.”

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Employee of MLA 'unfairly penalised' by sick pay rules

A Coleraine man who works for his local MLA has told UTV his wages have been docked by £1,000 because of changes to the rules on sick pay.

David Gilmour said he and other employees of MLAs have been unfairly penalised by the Independent Financial Review Panel – the body which decides the rules on MLAs’ allowances.

Our Deputy Political Editor Tracey Magee has the story.

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