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A man has died in a road traffic collision in Belfast.
As Maggie Taggart reports, the Westlink leading to the M1
was closed for four hours as commuters tried
The man died in a collision involving one card. He was the
driver. It happened on the Wesselingh, close to Grosvenor
Street just before three o'clock. Police closed the country bound
lanes of the Wesselingh and there was huge disruption as workers try
to head out of town. Public transport was also badly affected.
Commuters were trapped in gridlock for hours, some unable to leave
their car parks. They were advised to delay their journeys home as
possible. The traffic is that a dead halt here although some is moving
out of town. The slip road onto the west link, the police have blocked
this road, nothing is on that motorway just behind although some
traffic is moving on the other side of the road coming into town. A
spokesman appealed for witnesses to the collision to contact them. He
said he understood the frustration of drivers that a fatal road traffic
incident had to be fully investigated but the road remained
closed. After four hours, the road was reopened and stranded commuters
were allowed to continue their journeys.
And in Cookstown, the Lough Fea Road has been closed because of a serious
Diversions are in place but police advice motorists to avoid the area
The Labour Party says its leader made a genuine mistake
after he incorrectly told the House of Commons that the police officer
wounded in a gun attack in Belfast last Sunday night had
Jeremy Corbyn was speaking during Prime Minister's Questions.
The party said no offence was intended.
As Stephen Walker reports, the Labour leader has
Traditionally at the beginning of Prime Minister's Questions,
there are often references to members of the armed services
and police officers who have been killed or injured
Today, Theresa May mentioned the PSNI officer injured
I am also sure that the whole House will join me in sending our thoughts
to the police officer who was shot in Belfast over the weekend and his
When he got to his feet, Jeremy Corbyn also spoke
about the weekend shooting, but he said the officer involved had
I join the Prime Minister in condolences and expressing
condolences, I am sure the House to the family of the police officer
who lost his life over the weekend in Northern Ireland.
The shooting happened in the constituency of Nigel Dodds
and the DUP MP wanted to put on record his thoughts.
I join the Prime Minister in wishing a speedy recovery to the police
officer who was shot and injured in my constituency in north
That was not the intention of the terrorists, of course.
And there was a call for Jeremy Corbyn's
For the family and for police officers generally, could we have
that corrected by the front bench spokesman as urgently as possible?
So the record of this House does not contain
the serious fact that a
The Speaker said a further statement from Jeremy Corbyn
I recognise what the honourable gentleman said and how upsetting
But it was a mistake and it has subsequently been
The PSNI officer shot in the arm on Sunday night in North Belfast
At lunchtime today, the Police Federation
of Northern Ireland called on Jeremy Corbyn
He said he had made a shocking error.
They said he had made a shocking error which needed to be corrected.
A spokesman for the Labour leader told the BBC
They said Jeremy Corbyn said the officer had died
This evening it's understood Mr Corbyn has written a letter
to the Chief Constable, George Hamilton,
A 30-year-old man arrested in connection with the attempted
murder of a police officer in north Belfast on Sunday has been
The officer, who's in his twenties, was wounded in the arm when shots
were fired during the attack at a petrol station
A gun has been found by police during a search in West Belfast.
It was discovered in a bin in Vere Foster Walk.
It is understood that the gun isn't being linked to the attack
on the police officer at a service station in North Belfast on Sunday.
The Prime Minister has spoken to Michelle O'Neill
and congratulated her on her appointment as the leader
Theresa May said she looked forward to working with her
and that she hoped that following the elections all parties
would be able to come together to find a way forward.
Meanwhile, the DUP leader Arlene Foster said she would
work with Mrs O'Neill after the election.
She has been appointed by Sinn Fein, so I will have to work with Michelle
We need to get to the other side of the election so we can put these
institutions back in place, to make them work for the people of Northern
Ireland because that's what I am hearing very strongly that people
want, they want devolution and they want it to work.
A shop in county Antrim has been ram raided by thieves.
A vehicle was driven through the front shutters of a MACE
store in Randalstown at around 4am this morning.
A quantity of cigarettes were stolen.
The shop owner said CCTV shows the culprits loading the cigarettes
into a wheelie bin and taking them out to a car.
you go about your business trying to earn a living, providing employment,
providing a service to the community, and you feel powerless
that this is inflicted upon you. The words of 15-year-old Donegal
actor Art Parkinson after the film in which he plays
a starring role was Our north-west reporter,
Keiron Tourish, caught up with the teenager,
who rose to prominence in Game Art Parkinson was back
at his old Irish speaking school today taking all the
headlines in his stride. In any language,
his latest success is The unassuming 15-year-old
voiced the lead role in the animated 3-D film
Kubo And The Two Strings. It has been nominated
for Best Animated Film and The Donegal schoolboy
was told in the school I spent all day thinking
about it and by lunch had I didn't get the the
chance to check. It hadn't really
struck me at the time then I got home and I was looking up
and reading about it and it is just I never really thought
this could ever It's always been a dream of mine
being an actor, something I've I didn't think it would
happen to me at such a He was delighted but realised
he still had two classes. The trials and tribulations
of being a big movie star. Very proud of him
as his big brother. It's great to see the wee lad
going to the Oscars. He will be rubbing
shoulders with co-star Donegal teenager will be taking his
schoolbooks along with him. Art Parkinson says
he is both excited and nervous about treading the red
carpet at the Oscars ceremony next He paid tribute to family
and friends here in Donegal who are Good evening. It has been cooler
today the temperatures in most places have been in double figures,
at least for a while. A chilly night to come, mostly dry and windy in
places. That will make it feel very cold. The wind should keep the frost
away from most places, if you gaps in the cloud but a fair amount of
cloud to come tonight and tomorrow. Mostly dry but if you thought it
felt cool today, even colder tomorrow. The wind will have a real
bite to it. The cloud to be thick enough to bring some showers and
some snail especially over the hills. Much of the day is dry
similarly in the Republic of Ireland. Raonic close to the west
Coast. Some wind across many parts of Britain, a dry day, the fog will
have gone but temperatures struggling in many places. Best
weather towards the north of Scotland where there is decent
sunshine. Brightness here and there tomorrow across Northern Ireland,
mostly dry, one or two wintry showers. Temperature is half the
value of today. When you add on the wind, it really will feel like it's
freezing outdoors. A real day to wrap up warm tomorrow. On Friday
it's still quite chilly but the wind was like TE is. Some rain and
drizzle making its way slowly from west to east. It will be damp and
dull at times. Over the weekend, Shelley rain to start with but
brightening up and it looks like Sunday should be a pretty nice day.
Tomorrow night we'll have the final part of our legacy series
during which the director of Public Prosecutions
for Northern Ireland Barra McGrory hits back at critics of his decision
to prosecute former soldiers for killings during the troubles.
See you then. Goodnight.