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An average of three criminal offenses occurred within one mile of Antrim town center every day during November, the latest figures released by the P. S. N.I. have revealed.

Residents can access this type of detailed information about crime in their area on a street-by-street basis thanks to a new mapping service.

The P.S.N.I. recently launched the online tool which allows users to enter their town or postcode and discover how many incidents occurred during a given month.

Service users can also find out what type of crime was committed and at what location – although property numbers are not used in order to protect the identity of victims.

The maps, which are updated on a monthly basis, outline data on 11 categories of offense – burglary, anti-social behavior, robbery, vehicle crime, violent crime, public disorder and weapons, shoplifting, criminal damage and arson, other theft, drugs and other crime.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


Police are on high alert after dissident republicans were suspected of planting an explosive device close to a police station in County Armagh.

Just a day after a device was discovered under the car of a P.S.N.I. constable, a pipe-bomb was found close to the gates of a police station in Tandragee, near the homes of elderly residents, Monday morning, December 31.

Residents were evacuated from their homes for a number of hours while Army technical officers examined the object, which was later declared a viable device.
[Source: Belfast Telegraph]


“Our community will not be an easy target for criminals – we want them to know that.” Those were the sentiments coming from the people of Kildavin following a recent public meeting.

The area has suffered from a spate of thefts and burglaries over the past year, culminating in the vicious assault of an elderly man and his son at the end of November. The community says they have now had enough and are fighting back against criminals.

The meeting, which was held in the Spellman Hall, was attended by Gardaí (police), councilors and people from the area with a view to setting up a local community text alert scheme in a bid to combat criminal activity. Following huge levels of support, a committee has now been set up and it had its first meeting on January 4.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


There is "a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace". These were the words spoken at the remembrance ceremony held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Belturbet bombings on Sunday, December 30.

Killing two local girls Geraldine O'Reilly (15) and Patrick Stanley (16) from Clara, County Offaly, injuring many others and causing destruction on a mass scale; the atrocity was caused by a Loyalist car bomb, which went off on Thursday night, 10:30 p.m., on December 28, 1972.

Attended by members of the families of both victims, more than 100 local people, members of the local council executive and town council and conducted by Monsignor Michael Cooke and Reverend Tanya Woods, the wreath laying service took place at the monument erected in memory of the victims at the spot where the bomb blast occurred four decades ago.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


A spokesman for Shannon Airport two weeks ago indicated that 2012 was likely to see the lowest passenger numbers there since 1988, almost a quarter of a century ago.

The final figure for 2012 isn’t yet available, but the figure in 1988 was 1.394 million, while it was 1.469 million in 1989, indicating that the 2012 figure is likely to be somewhere between the two.

This would represent a significant decrease on 2011, when over 1.6 million people used Shannon. The figures illustrate the calamitous decline seen at the airport, which saw a record 3.6 million passengers in 2007, before beginning a steep decline.
[Source: Clare Champion]


They brought out the big guns to kick-start the Gathering initiative in Cork on Tuesday, January 1.

A ceremonial 21-gun salute was fired at 1 p.m. from Spike Island in Cork Harbor — one of just two fixed national saluting stations in Ireland.

It was the first official Gathering event in Cork and was the first national ceremonial 21-gun salute fired in Cork Harbor in almost three decades — the last one marked the arrival of the Tall Ships.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


Derry Magistrates Court has heard how a 23-year-old local man was so drunk when he tore a C.C.T.V. camera from outside a house in the Waterside that he was later seen putting the camera on the ground and “petting it.”

Peter Morrison of Heron Way was charged with theft of the camera, which was valued at $90 and criminal damage of the same.

The court was told that police were called to a house at Adelaide Avenue on April 11 last after the theft was reported by the householder.
[Source: Derry Journal]