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The PSNI have issued a warning about the use of illegal

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and prescription drugs, after a number of sudden deaths

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in Belfast, mostly involving teenagers and people

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In a statement, the district commander for Belfast said

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he was concerned about the number of recent deaths of young

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Although knowing that numbers have been released,

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Although no exact numbers have been released,

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it's understand understood at least three people have died

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Two of these deaths are believed to have happened in west Belfast

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Chief Superintendent Chris Noble says postmortem examinations

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have been carried out, but the police are waiting

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for the results of toxicology tests to determine the cause

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The police say in some cases possible links to drug or substance

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abuse are still strong lines of enquiry.

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They are urging people not to take drugs or prescription medication not

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They've also warned of the dangers of mixing any type

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Today's message has received support from alcohol and drugs charities.

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I think the police are correct to put a statement out at this time of

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year. Certainly it is a time when people drink excessive amounts of

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alcohol and they don't see the added dangers and risks of taking it with

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drugs prescribed medication is particularly to the drug-taking

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population. People are now taking more one substance quite commonly

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and they need reminded of the added risks that come with that.

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Police have also said that anyone suspected of involvement

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in the supply of drugs will be arrested and brought before

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the courts to help reduce the threat of harmful and illegal activity.

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Three Lithuanian men have appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court

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accused of conspiring to supply heroin.

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It follows the discovery of ?500 worth of the drug yesterday.

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Police told the court that heroin use has been escalating recently

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and is linked to the deaths of four people.

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An elderly woman remains in hospital after a fire at her home in west

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The woman and a dog who were in the house

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in Glengoland Gardens when the blaze began were rescued by fire crews

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The property was badly damaged and the Fire Service say the cause

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Just over 100 people in Northern Ireland feature

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Among the recipients are the Northern Ireland Football

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manager Michael O'Neill and the Paralympic

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Michael O'Neil gets an MBE after leading Northern Ireland

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to the Euro finals in the summer, the first time the team had

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qualified for this stage of the championship.

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Their success attracted thousands of fans who travelled to France

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to support their team in what was viewed as a massive

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It is a fantastic honour and totally unexpected, to be honest. I suppose

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in many ways I am getting the recognition of what not only the

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team but the Association of teams as well, you know, over the past year,

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the Euros, but I think over the past two years for where we are now.

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Paralympic swimmer Bethany Firth from County Down who won

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Belfast Science Park creator Professor John McCanny has been

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knighted in recognition of his services to higher education

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I think the general public are probably not as aware as they might

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be as to what actually goes on at the science Park these days. There

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are something like 160 high-tech companies employed there so it helps

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to shine a light on that and that's fantastic because they are a lot of

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young people doing wonderful things. under his taxi in 1991,

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has been awarded the MBE for services in support of victims

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and survivors of the troubles. It is a great achievements not only

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for me but also for my colleagues who have helped me. This is for the

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victims of islands in Northern Ireland.

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and from all walks of life featured in the New Year 's Honours list.

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Rugby and Ulster were well beaten by Leinster in the Pro-12 league

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Poor defending by Ulster let in Rory O'Loughlin for Leinster's

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first try early in the first half and Luke McGrath put the home side

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17-0 up at half time when he was able to run

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through easily for their second try; a consolation try

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from Ulster's Charles Piutau near the end of the game wasn't

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enough and Leinster ran out winners by 22-7.

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Now with the weather forecast for the New Year

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The last weather forecast before 2017 on BBC newsline. Typically it

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is raining but the Rangers clear most places by Ben Knight. The New

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Year will be dry and cold for many of us but a warning has been issued

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for icy roads tonight and tomorrow morning. They backed start to

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celebrations but as the rain clear the way it should clear most places

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by midnight. The second part of the night cold winds and a drop in

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temperature. Some icy patches around and also wintry showers. A lot of

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dry and cold weather to start 2017. It will feel it in that northerly

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wind so wrapped up warm. If you fancy a walk it will be a day to

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blow the cobwebs away. There will be some showers and snow on the hills,

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likewise in Scotland on the mountains, too. A lot of bright

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weather in northern Britain and in Northern Ireland and the republic,

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too. Cold and rainy in Central and southern parts of Britain but the

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fog will have gone. It will stay cold and frosty tomorrow night. The

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first week of 2017 brings lots of dry weather, frost and ice and snow

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on the hills but it will feel cold. From me and all of the weather team,

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a happy New Year. Thank you for all of the lovely pictures.

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Thanks for watching and have a very Happy New Year.

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From everyone on the BBC Newsline team, goodbye.

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