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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.

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Man dies, another critically injured in Co Antrim crash

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A man in his 30's has died after the car he was in collided with a lorry in Toombebridge, Co Antrim.

The driver of the car, also in his 30s is in a critical condition, while the driver of the lorry was not injured in the crash.

It happened at around 7am on Wednesday on the Roguery Road, a portion of which was closed, but has now been re-opened.

Inspector Trevor Atkinson is appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Roguery Road around that time and who witnessed the collision to contact local officers in Ballymena or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference 167 08/11/17.

Concern over missing woman in Bushmills

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There is growing concern over the whereabouts of a missing woman last seen this morning in Bushmills.

Lynn Taggart, 52, is described as being 5' 7" tall, of slim build, with brown hair worn in a bun.

When she was last seen, she was wearing a burgundy jacket and jeans.

Police are appealing for Lynn or anyone who knows of her whereabouts to contact officers in Coleraine on 101 quoting reference 562 21/10/17.

Man, 26, charged over £400k drugs haul

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Detectives in the PSNI's Organised Crime Branch have charged a 26-year-old man with a number of drugs related offences, including conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs and being concerned with the supplying Class A and Class B drugs.

He is due to appear at Londonderry Magistrates Court on Tuesday 20 December.

The charges are believed to be related to a seizure of cocaine with an estimated value of £405,000, taken from a vehicle in the Dundrod area of Co Antrim on 20 November 2015.

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Arrests made as police investigate suspected right-wing extremists over 'forest activity'

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Four men are being questioned by police investigating suspected right-wing extremists over suspicious activity in a County Antrim forest.

Searches were conducted in Ballymena and Coleraine on Wednesday and several items removed for further examination.

The suspects, aged 29, 30, 36 and 46, have been taken to a police station in Belfast for questioning.

PSNI Detective Inspector Andy Workman said: “Police are investigating the activities of a number of individuals who appear to have extreme right-wing views about tensions in north-eastern Europe and have been involved in suspicious activity in a forest in Co Antrim.”

He added: “These enquiries are not part of the investigation into munitions finds at Carnfunnock and Capanagh earlier this year.”

Those finds, made during a two-week search operation at the send of August and start of September, have been linked to dissident republican activity.

Man critically injured in Coleraine assault

A man in his 50s has been left in a critical condition following a serious assault in Coleraine in the early hours of Monday.

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The victim was assaulted outside a property on the Ballycastle Road at about 1am.

He was taken to hospital suffering from serious head injuries.

Detectives have arrested two men, aged 30 and 31, and they remain in custody.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who witnessed any kind of altercation in the area, or who has any information, to contact them on the 101 number or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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