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Gyrocopter crash lands in Omagh

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Police and other emergency services are currently attending a report of a gyrocopter having crash landed in the Whitebridge Road area of Omagh this afternoon.

Two people who were in the aircraft at the time are currently being treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries.

Three deliberate fires started overnight in Omagh

Police are appealing for information after three fires were started deliberately overnight at derelict premises in Omagh, Co Tyrone.

Two fire engines and crews attended each callout in the Mountjoy Road area.

The first blaze occurred on the first floor of derelict premises at around 6.20pm on Monday, a second occurred several hours later on the third floor.

Another fire was started on the first floor of a derelict house in the area in the early hours of Tuesday.

Anyone with any information on these incidents is asked to contact Omagh Police Station on the non-emergency number, quoting reference number 1063 of 22/08/16.

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.

GP struck off for exploiting patient

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A former Co Fermanagh GP, Dr Michelle Mellotte, has been struck off the Medical Register after admitting to exploiting and taking advantage of a former elderly patient.

The 61 year old from Bannagh Beg Road Kesh was initially suspended, in December 2011, and had been unable to practise as a doctor in the UK since.

However, last week a tribunal was held in Manchester to determine her fitness to practise, in light of a General Medical Council (GMC) investigation.

It noted Ms Mellotte, who did not attend the hearing, did not oppose the GMC’s case against her and in a written submission, her legal team said she accepted erasure was the “appropriate sanction”.

They added that she had “already applied for voluntary erasure but that was declined, the GMC preferring to hold a hearing. Dr Mellotte has not practised for many years now and has long since come to terms with the fact that her medical career is over. She accepts that erasure is the appropriate sanction in view of the admitted facts and impairment.”

In April Dr Mellotte was given a 12-month jail term,suspended for two years after she had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of position between January 30, 2010, to April 22, 2011.

Tribunal chairman, Sean Ell, summarising, said she had “dishonestly exploited and took advantage of” a vulnerable elderly patient, taking from him £10,000 as a loan, none of which she repaid until an investigation by the police began.

Mr Ell said that Dr Mellotte's dishonest action had resulted in a “serious conviction” for fraud by abuse of position.

“She departed from the GMC’s guidance in relation to professional standards. This departure, which occurred over a period of time,demonstrated behaviour that fell seriously below the standards expected of all registered medical practitioners,” he said.

And he added: “The Tribunal has determined that Dr Mellotte has put patients at unwarranted risk of harm, she has brought the profession into disrepute, she has breached fundamental tenets of the profession and her integrity cannot be relied upon.”

"Dr Mellotte has put patients at unwarranted risk of harm, she has brought the profession into disrepute, she has breached fundamental tenets of the profession and her integrity cannot be relied upon.”

– GMC Tribunal

After considering the evidence presented by the GMC, the Tribunal determined to direct that Dr Mellotte's name be erased from the Medical Register.

The Fermanagh doctor has 28 days to lodge an appeal before the Tribunal's ruling become permenant.