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The PSNI have issued a warning about the use of illegal
and prescription drugs, after a number of sudden deaths
in Belfast, mostly involving teenagers and people
In a statement, the district commander for Belfast said
he was concerned about the number of recent deaths of young
Although knowing that numbers have been released,
Although no exact numbers have been released,
it's understand understood at least three people have died
Two of these deaths are believed to have happened in west Belfast
Chief Superintendent Chris Noble says postmortem examinations
have been carried out, but the police are waiting
for the results of toxicology tests to determine the cause
The police say in some cases possible links to drug or substance
abuse are still strong lines of enquiry.
They are urging people not to take drugs or prescription medication not
They've also warned of the dangers of mixing any type
Today's message has received support from alcohol and drugs charities.
I think the police are correct to put a statement out at this time of
year. Certainly it is a time when people drink excessive amounts of
alcohol and they don't see the added dangers and risks of taking it with
drugs prescribed medication is particularly to the drug-taking
population. People are now taking more one substance quite commonly
and they need reminded of the added risks that come with that.
Police have also said that anyone suspected of involvement
in the supply of drugs will be arrested and brought before
the courts to help reduce the threat of harmful and illegal activity.
Three Lithuanian men have appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court
accused of conspiring to supply heroin.
It follows the discovery of ?500 worth of the drug yesterday.
Police told the court that heroin use has been escalating recently
and is linked to the deaths of four people.
An elderly woman remains in hospital after a fire at her home in west
The woman and a dog who were in the house
in Glengoland Gardens when the blaze began were rescued by fire crews
The property was badly damaged and the Fire Service say the cause
Just over 100 people in Northern Ireland feature
Among the recipients are the Northern Ireland Football
manager Michael O'Neill and the Paralympic
Michael O'Neil gets an MBE after leading Northern Ireland
to the Euro finals in the summer, the first time the team had
qualified for this stage of the championship.
Their success attracted thousands of fans who travelled to France
to support their team in what was viewed as a massive
It is a fantastic honour and totally unexpected, to be honest. I suppose
in many ways I am getting the recognition of what not only the
team but the Association of teams as well, you know, over the past year,
the Euros, but I think over the past two years for where we are now.
Paralympic swimmer Bethany Firth from County Down who won
Belfast Science Park creator Professor John McCanny has been
knighted in recognition of his services to higher education
I think the general public are probably not as aware as they might
be as to what actually goes on at the science Park these days. There
are something like 160 high-tech companies employed there so it helps
to shine a light on that and that's fantastic because they are a lot of
young people doing wonderful things. under his taxi in 1991,
has been awarded the MBE for services in support of victims
and survivors of the troubles. It is a great achievements not only
for me but also for my colleagues who have helped me. This is for the
victims of islands in Northern Ireland.
and from all walks of life featured in the New Year 's Honours list.
Rugby and Ulster were well beaten by Leinster in the Pro-12 league
Poor defending by Ulster let in Rory O'Loughlin for Leinster's
first try early in the first half and Luke McGrath put the home side
17-0 up at half time when he was able to run
through easily for their second try; a consolation try
from Ulster's Charles Piutau near the end of the game wasn't
enough and Leinster ran out winners by 22-7.
Now with the weather forecast for the New Year
The last weather forecast before 2017 on BBC newsline. Typically it
is raining but the Rangers clear most places by Ben Knight. The New
Year will be dry and cold for many of us but a warning has been issued
for icy roads tonight and tomorrow morning. They backed start to
celebrations but as the rain clear the way it should clear most places
by midnight. The second part of the night cold winds and a drop in
temperature. Some icy patches around and also wintry showers. A lot of
dry and cold weather to start 2017. It will feel it in that northerly
wind so wrapped up warm. If you fancy a walk it will be a day to
blow the cobwebs away. There will be some showers and snow on the hills,
likewise in Scotland on the mountains, too. A lot of bright
weather in northern Britain and in Northern Ireland and the republic,
too. Cold and rainy in Central and southern parts of Britain but the
fog will have gone. It will stay cold and frosty tomorrow night. The
first week of 2017 brings lots of dry weather, frost and ice and snow
on the hills but it will feel cold. From me and all of the weather team,
a happy New Year. Thank you for all of the lovely pictures.
Thanks for watching and have a very Happy New Year.
From everyone on the BBC Newsline team, goodbye.