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Anger at 'disgusting' attack on Larne war memorial

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An overnight attack on a war memorial in Larne has been described as "absolutely disgusting" by local MLA Gordon Lyons.

The same memorial had paint thrown on it in June last year.

"This is the second time this has happened in the last eighteen months and only weeks after the memorial was refurbished ahead of Remembrance Sunday," Mr Lyons said.

"The people of Larne will be outraged by the behaviour of these small minded vandals who have caused great upset to people across the town and beyond. I would urge anyone with information to contact the PSNI immediately," he added.

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Fellow East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, was similarly condemnatory of the attack, which he described as "utterly mindless".

He said the attack on the Church Road cenotaph was "absolutely appalling" and "disrespectful to those who lost their lives serving their country and distressing to local residents".

"If we are to have a truly united community, this vandalism needs to stop," he added.

Police believe it happened at some time between Wednesday evening and 8.30am on Thursday.

Constable Davison of the PSNI said the incident is being treated as a hate crime.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact them on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 246 for 7/12/17.

Police make further arrest over Larne attack

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Detectives in Larne have arrested a third man in relation to a hijacking in the Craigyhill area and an attack on a house in the Brustin Brae area of the town in the early hours of Monday 11 September.

The 24-year-old was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including attempted murder, hijacking, possession of an offensive weapon and criminal damage.

Two men, aged 30 and 23, have already appeared in court in relation to this incident.

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Rangers manager attends funeral of NI football fan who died in Scottish coach crash

The funeral of Ryan Baird was held in Larne on Saturday morning. Credit: Presseye

The funeral has been held in Larne for a Rangers fan originally from Northern Ireland who died in a coach crash in Scotland.

Ryan Baird, originally from Magheramorne near Larne, Co Antrim, died when a coach crashed near Kilmarnock on Saturday 1 October.

The 39-year-old had been on his way to Ibrox with the Nith Valley Loyal Rangers Supporters Club.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton attended the funeral.

He had been living in Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway.

He is survived by his partner, two adult sons as well as two brothers and two sisters.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton attended the funeral. Credit: Pacemaker

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Man’s ribs broken in attack at house in Larne

Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in Larne.

A masked gang has attacked a man with baseball bats at a house in Larne, Co Antrim overnight.

The assailants forced their way into the property in Bank Road, at around 1.20am on Monday and assaulted a 37-year-old man inside.

He sustained injuries including broken ribs, a fractured shoulder and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Detective Constable Glenn is appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the assault to contact detectives in Larne on 101 quoting reference number 52 of 26/09/16.

Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Royal Marine detained on terrorism offences named

Ciaran Maxwell, pictured, is being held on suspicion of terrorism offences.

A Royal Marine arrested on suspicion of Northern Ireland-related terrorism offences in England has been named as 30-year-old Ciaran Maxwell.

He is a serving member of the British armed forces with the Royal Marines unit based at Norton Manor Camp near Taunton.

Maxwell, from Larne in Co Antrim, was arrested in a pre-planned swoop in Somerset on Wednesday.

The operation involved searches at a house and wooded area in south Devon.

Police activity was continuing in Devon on Thursday. Searches are being carried out at a property in Exminster by the Metropolitan Police Service's Counter Terrorism Command and local uniformed officers.

Further searches are also taking place in the nearby Powderham New Plantation wooded area.

A house in Exminster being searched by police as part of their investigation. Credit: ITV News

The serviceman is being detained on suspicion of preparation for acts of terrorism linked to the two dissident republican arms dumps found near Larne earlier this year.

The arms included pipe bombs, ammunition, an armour-piercing improvised rocket, anti-personnel mines and bomb-making components.

PSNI officers have also searched a number of properties near the two forest parks where the weapons dumps were discovered.

Searches being carried out in Larne. Credit: Pacemaker

Masked gang attacks man at house in Larne

A 26-year-old man has been attacked by a masked gang at a house in Larne, Co Antrim.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked in Larne.

Approximately six masked men forced their way into a house in Recreation Road on Friday at around 11.30pm and attacked the man inside.

He was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.

Detective Sergeant Crothers said:“We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the assault to contact detectives at Larne PSNI on 101 quoting CCS reference number 1496 19/8/16.

“Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

'Significant’ fuel spill pollutes water near Larne

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The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has confirmed reports of a “significant spill of red diesel into the sea” from an industrial premises, north of Larne Harbour.

The Agency has investigated the spill, after a call to its Water Pollution Hotline on Saturday morning.

Over the weekend, the NIEA investigated and monitored oil ‘sheening’ that spread across the water, northwards along the coast past the harbour and as far north as Southtown.

Residents reported a heavy smell of fuel in the surrounding area.

Environment agents notified the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Larne Port and the local council after being informed and are continuing to monitor the situation to assess the likely impact of the spill.

The NIEA say they have gathered samples as they gather evidence with a view to potential enforcement action.