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Tag Archives: North Belfast News

Two years on and still no drug charges

NoT ONE person has been arrested or charged in relation to drug dealing in a Newtownabbey estate despite parents handing over the names of known dealers in the area to police almost three years ago. Over the past number of weeks the North Belfast News has been inundated with texts, calls and letters regarding the levels of drug dealing in Longlands. Residents claim everyone in the area is aware of who the main dealers are but they continue to freely ply their deadly trade.

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UU asked to explain sports academy proposal

A proposal by a private developer to build a sports academy for the University of Ulster on a North Belfast site earmarked for social housing has the potential to destroy concerted efforts to ease the social housing backlog, a local housing campaigner has warned.

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Stab victim’s mum heads up anti-knife crime rally

The grieving mum of a North Belfast man who was stabbed to death last month has spoken for the first time about his loss and voiced her support for an anti-knife crime campaign organised by his friends.

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Council ‘hopes to reopen’ park in late spring

Belfast City Council has said it “hopes to open” the popular adventure playground in the grounds of the Belfast Castle in ‘late spring’ after being questioned on the length of its closure by the North Belfast News. The Cave Hill Adventurous Playground has been closed for refurbishment since last November and it was hoped by local parents that it would have reopened, at least, in time for the Easter holidays.

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Empty houses to be postered

The Irish Republican Socialist party (IRSP) has vowed to poster every empty house in North Belfast in a bid to highlight the number of homes sitting unoccupied despite housing need in the area being at crisis point.

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It’s all academic for former Barney head

The former principal of a North Belfast school is to be honoured at the University of Ulster’s graduation ceremonies this summer. PJ O’Grady, who retired as principal of St Patrick’s Bearnageeha last year, will receive an honorary doctorate for his role in helping to transform the school and for his contribution to the local community.

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