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Two men arrested after man burgled at knife-point

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Two men have been arrested in Newtownards after a man was burgled at knife-point.

Police were called shortly before 1.30pm on Thursday after it was reported two men carrying knives had assaulted a 26-year-old man in his home on Lisbane Drive. The pair left with a sum of cash.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

The men, aged 21 and 22 were apprehended in the Newtownards town centre on suspicion of aggravated burglary. They are currently being questioned by police.

Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to call the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 620 on 7/12/17.

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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Man shot in ankle in 'brutal and horrific' Derry attack

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a paramilitary style shooting in L'Derry.

A man has been shot in the ankle in what police have described as a 'brutal and horrific' attack.

The paramilitary style shooting happened in Londonderry at around 7.45pm on Thursday night.

The 41-year-old man was shot in the ankle close to Creggan shops and taken to hospital for treatment.

Detective Sergeant Reid said: “Whilst these injuries are not life threatening, this was a brutal and horrific attack. It is yet another example of how criminal groups seek to control communities through fear and violence."

Police have appealed for witnesses or anyone who has information about the attack to contact them.

Police arrest woman, 37, in paramilitary probe

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Police say officers in the Paramilitary Crime Taskforce have arrested a 37-year-old woman as part of ongoing investigations into the organised criminal activites of the north Belfast UVF.

The woman was arrested in the Newtownabbey area, on suspicion of misconduct in public office.

She was taken to Antrim Police station for questioning.

The arrest was the latest in a joint operation between the PSNI, HM Revenue and Customs and the National Crime Agency - a concerted effort to clamp down on paramilitary activity.

Animals returned safely to Ballymena pet shop

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Police have returned stolen animals, including a much-loved African grey parrot called Barney to the owners of a Ballymena pet shop.

Owner Marion McAuley told UTV her family had been heartbroken by the theft of the rare bird, which he been in the store for a decade.

They believe the parrot, along with a python and other exotic creatures had been stolen to order, during the break-in at Ladysmith Pet Supplies at the weekend.

The animals were recovered after a search at a house in the Lanntara area of the Co Antrim town on Thursday morning.

Police say information shared by the public, through social media, helped investigators to track down the animals.

One man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and handling stolen goods and Chief Inspector Simon Ball says officers will continue their efforts to ensure all those involved in the crime are convicted.

He has appealed to any witnesses or anyone with information that could be beneficial to the investigation to contact police on the number 101, quoting reference number 213 for 4/12/17.

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous.

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