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Two children, believed to be a brother and sister,
have been knocked down and critically injured in County Antrim.
The incident happened late this afternoon, near Randalstown.
Our reporter, Catherine Morrison, has been to the scene.
It's understood the children had just been dropped
off by their school bus when they were knocked down
by a car, at around 4:40pm this afternoon.
It happened at the junction of the Staffordshire Road
and Greenan Road, outside Randalstown.
The car involved, a white Audi A3 remained at the scene and the police
say no arrests have been made. The two children, a boy and a girl, were
taken to the hospital where they are said to be any critical condition.
This is every parent's worst nightmare. You said your children to
school in the morning, and you have thoughts about them during the day
but you assume they will return home safe to you in the afternoon. But
this is an exceptional day and tragic circumstances. The thoughts
and prayers are with the family. Roads in the area near the accident
site remain closed tonight, The police have appealed
to anyone who saw what Catherine Morrison,
BBC Newsline, Randlastown. There's uncertainty if Brexit
will mean the return of customs In her Brexit statement today,
the Prime Minister said the UK would be exiting
the European Customs Union, which allows tariff-free
trade north and south. Although Mrs May also said
she will try to negotiate Here's our economics and business
editor, John Campbell. This is free flowing, S. Thousands
of the Eccles cross our border every day, without any customs checks.
That's because the UK and Ireland are members of the European customs
union. But could we soon be moving to an arrangement like this? Here,
on the border between Sweden and Norway, lorry drivers must cross at
designated places. They have to hand in paperwork. They can also have
their cargoes checked. There are terrorists to be paid on some goods,
effectively a tax on trade. That is because Sweden is in the customs
union but Norway is not. Think of the customs union like a club, set
up to make trade easier. All the members of the club have agreed they
won't charge customs duties on each other's goods. Members also agreed
to take a joint approach to the rest of the world. Imports from outside
the union must attract the same tariffs in a matter which member
state they are going to. In their jargon, that is known as a common
external tariff. But the joint approach means members of the club
can't do their own trade deals. Deals the trap Prime Minister wants
to do. I do not want us to be bound by the common external tariff. These
are the elements of the customs union that prevent us from striking
our own comprehensive trade agreements with other countries. But
I do want us to have a customs agreement with the EU. The Prime
Minister hopes that whatever deal is done with the EU we will retain the
good parts of the customs union and also make lots of new trade deals.
But in the meantime there is uncertainty for businesses,
particularly those in border areas. We have a very complex supply chain
here. We produce, for example, food and drink on both sides of the
border. What does that mean for us if we are looking at customs,
looking at tariffs? Sinn Fein was not a pretty impressed by the
speech. Theresa May 's insistence on leaving the customs union is a hard
Brexit. A hard border. The Government suggest a hard border
will be avoided. I think away can be found to deal with the issue of the
border we exit the customs union. Theresa May has again promised there
will be no return to the borders of the past. But Brexit means change is
coming. It's just not clear how much impact that change will have.
Earlier I asked the Secretary of State how the UK could leave
the Customs Union and not have border customs checks.
In relation to the customs union as well I think the Prime Minister
underlined that she wants to see the maximum ability for UK firms to be
able to trade a cross borders without terrorists, without
restrictions, and indeed underpinning that concept of what
you might describe as a frictionless border. That friction is border that
we see today. So it is that objective that she has in those
negotiations, and I think it was key to see that in her speech earlier
on. People do need real clarity. Can you guarantee that the physical
border will remain the same? We've been very clear on not wanting to
see a return to the borders of the past. Those restrictions that apply
because of that really significant impact in Northern Ireland. So it is
with that intent, that will, and that shared well in terms of the
Irish Government, that we don't see a return to those old borders. And
why we have set out that objective today and how that really underpins
the approach we take a head. That's turned the assembly election, and
you have asked for civility in the campaign. From what we've heard from
the parties, it seems that will be a very tall order. How can you avoid
not having a brutal campaign, as one party put it? I know that in any
election campaign the issues need to be debated. It needs to be a robust
campaign as these things always are. But I do focus on this issue of how
we bring people back together afterwards. That it is not become so
divisive that people do think carefully about what is at stake. In
regard to those talks post election, how long will you give them before
you implement direct rule? The law is very clear that we have the
period of the election campaign and then there is giving the greatest
focus, the greatest ability, to get devolved Government continuing, and
that responsibility we'll have in the weeks ahead.
The Press Association is tonight reporting that the father-in-law
of the former DUP Director of Communications, John Robinson, runs
two green energy boilers under the controversial
Yesterday Mr Robinson, who's now the special adviser to
the Economy Minister Simon Hamilton, denied any family
Tonight, in a statement, Mr Robinson said his father-in-law applied
to the scheme in August 2015, and that was before he got married,
Mr Robinson said, "At no time did we discuss any aspect of the Scheme
nor was I aware of his application to the Scheme.
Neither my wife nor I have ever had any role in the business nor have
we received any benefit, financial or otherwise,
A former defence minister has used parliamentary privilege to allege
that Barra McGrory is what he called a "Sinn Fein supporting Director
The Conservative MP for Aldershot, Sir Gerald Howarth,
Make a make a really firm plea to him that he should protect the
interests of former British soldiers, currently being charged by
the Saint Payne supporting Director of Public Prosecutions in Northern
Ireland with murder, for events that took place over 40 years ago?
In response, a spokesman for the Public Prosecution Service
said it was wholly independent of all political parties
As such it would never seek to influence political debate
It said the PPS only applies the law as it currently stands
in Northern Ireland and does so without fear,
Earlier, I asked the Secretary of State what he thought
of that allegation, made by his Tory colleague.
I think we need to be very careful about what is said, reflecting on
issues of the past. I am very clear on the DPP. On the independence of
that office. Indeed the integrity of that office, the way in which
prosecutions have been brought against a whole range of
individuals. And therefore I think we need to be very careful in the
language that we use and how I see the independence of the
prosecutorial process. Geoff Maskell has
the weather forecast. It is a bit of a quiet week on the
weather desk this week. We have high pressure in charge and high cloud
sitting over is. Tonight is a very mild note with temperatures down to
six or 7 degrees. We keep that cloudy feel to our weather as we go
through tomorrow and next few days. Temperature is still very mild for
the time of year. We'd expect 7 degrees to be the normal daytime
temperature. Tomorrow we'll see highs of nine maybe 10 degrees. A
good bit warmer than what we would normally see at this time of year.
If we take the wider view you can see there is a bit of range in terms
of temperatures. An area of high pressure is sitting over western
Europe and feeding in much cooler air from the continent across the
south-east of England. Generally very dry at the moment matters
because the high is sitting there, protecting us from the Atlantic
weather systems will stop it looks like it will be there right through
this week. Overnight as we go into Thursday, another mild night.
Temperatures dropping off as we go through this week. Thursday is
looking like the brightest day, we trade of some cooler air, getting
cooler again on Friday. Really, for this time of year, with those light
winds, it is actually feeling pretty good and staying dry witty much all
the way through this week.