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Cathedral Quarter fire "no risk to the public"

Fire crews have been at the blaze in the Cathedral Quarter for a number of hours Credit: UTV

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service say a blaze in the Cathedral Quarter poses no risk to the public.

Crews are still dealing with a fire on the third floor of a derelict building in Donegall Street which started earlier on Friday evening.

The Fire Service says there is some evidence people may have been sleeping rough in the property but there are no reports of any injuries.

Paramedics were sent to the scene as a precaution.

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Cyclist critical following Glenshane Road crash

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A cyclist in his 20s remains in a critical condition in hospital after a collision with a van on Thursday morning.

The crash happened on the Glenshane Road near Maghera at around 8:30am.

The driver of the Transit van was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily injury by careless driving. He has since been released on bail, pending further enquiries.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses who were on the Glenshane Road between 8.10 and 8.30am on Thursday to contact them on 101, quoting reference number 225 for 16/11/17.

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Two men injured in ‘savage’ attack during burglary

Two men have been injured in what has been described as a ‘savage attack’ during an aggravated burglary in County Down.

A number of masked men armed with weapons attacked a property in the Shackleton Walk area of Newtownards at around 9.40pm on Thursday night.

The gang gained access to the house after smashing a window and damaging a door.

Two men who were in the house at the time were then assaulted in what police have described as a ‘frightening ordeal’.

One man sustained an injury to his arm, while the second man suffered an injury to his wrist.

Two vehicles parked close to the property were also damaged during the incident.

Chief Inspector Gerry McGrath said: ”This was a savage attack, and a frightening ordeal for the occupants of the house.

He added: “I want to condemn this type of so-called street justice in the strongest terms. There is never any justification for this violent anti-community behaviour by criminals, which only serves to strike fear into the heart of our communities.”

Two men arrested in dissident probe

Detectives from Serious Crime Branch have arrested two men in the Creggan Heights area of Londonderry.

The men have been detained as part of an ongoing investigation into dissident republican activity.

The men, aged 32 and 40, have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite in Belfast for questioning.

Detectives make arrest over January shooting in Londonderry

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Detectives from Serious Crime Branch have arrested a 26-year-old man in the Creggan Heights area of Londonderry as part of an investigation into dissident republican activity.

He is being questioned in relation to a shooting incident that took place at a house in the Ballymagowan area on Thursday, 5th January.

Shots fired at a house on Ballymagowan Avenue. No-one was injured in the attack, but a man and a woman were left badly shaken.

Three men were arrested over the shooting in March, but were released unconditionally.

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