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Scarva village hosts thousands for annual Sham Fight

King James and King Billy at the Scarva Sham Fight. Credit: Presseye

Around 100,000 people have descended on the Co Down village of Scarva for the annual Sham Fight.

The event, hosted by the Royal Black Institution, pits King William against King James in the main attraction of the day – however, dozens of bands also take part in a parade.

UTV’s Paul Clark went along to join the crowds.


Peaceful Twelfth ‘a model for years to come’ - PSNI

The feeder parade in east Belfast returned peacefully on Wednesday evening. Credit: Pacemaker

Police have said they hope this year's peaceful Twelfth of July can serve as “a model for years to come”.

Detectives said they dealt with “a number of minor incidents” across Northern Ireland and made a small number of arrests.

However they described these as being “very much in the margins” of what has been widely described as the most peaceful Twelfth in some years.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd added: “It has been a busy day for police officers who were out and about keeping people safe.

“I would like to place on record my appreciation of the work they have done and acknowledge the hard work of our partners and those within local communities who have contributed to making this a day people were able to enjoy.”

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Apartment windows cracked by bonfire heat

The heat from a massive bonfire in Belfast city centre caused the windows of a nearby apartment block to crack.

Firefighters could be seen on the roof of the 10 story building at Wellwood Street on Tuesday evening, working to try and keep the situation under control.

However as the bonfire raged, several windows were broken and there was also smoke damage to other apartments.

When the crews left, one of the appliances came under attack - but no-one was injured, as Jane Loughrey reports.

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