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VIDEO: Podgy Pooch - 10 stone dog too fat to play fetch loses half its body weight

A 10 stone dog which refused to go on walks and was too fat to play fetch has a new lease of life - after shedding almost HALF its bodyweight.

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This 1 coin is the rarest in circulation according to Change Checker. (Photo: Johnston Press)

REVEALED: The rarest £1 coin you must NOT cash in

The value of the rarest £1 coin in circulation is set to soar when it is taken out of circulation next month.
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A computer-generated image of the proposed new SRC campus in Banbridge.

Stormont stalemate holding up new college project

The absence of a Stormont government is holding up construction of a new further education college campus in Banbridge, the Department for the Economy has said.

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Craigavon Courthouse

Drink driver given 12 month disqualification

A 48-year-old man was banned from driving for 12 months last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

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Linsey Irvine.

Big-hearted Banbridge retailer hailed ‘a saint’

A generous Banbridge businessman who came to the aid of a local woman who was “ripped off” online has been hailed “a saint”.

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The Money Tree, Lisburn.

Illegal workers arrested: Takeaways facing possible fines

Three takeaways - in Lisburn, Banbridge and Dungannon - are facing potential penalties totalling £140,000 after immigration offenders from China were found working at their premises.

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Singing on stage

New ITV game show is looking for the country’s worst singers

A new television game show is aiming to find the country’s worst singers - and giving them the chance to win a major cash prize.

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Heartbreaking results for Elsa means further cancer treatment

Heartbreaking results for Elsa means further cancer treatment

Brave Banbridge girl Elsa McBurney is facing further treatment after receiving devastating news that despite months of chemotherapy and surgery, some of the cancer remains.

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tap water

NI Water warns customers to 'beware bogus callers'

NI Water is calling on customers across Northern Ireland to be extra vigilant and beware of bogus callers.

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Health

Public health clinics prove a success

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart has thanked those who attended her health clinics over the past week.

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Councillor Glenn Barr and Alderman Elizabeth Ingram BEM survey the mess left by young people at Stewarts Cresent, Rathfriland. Pic by Gary Gardiner

Call for crackdown on anti-social behaviour

Councillor Glenn Barr and Alderman Elizabeth Ingram BEM have called for more police resources to be dedicated to tackling anti-social behaviour in Rathfriland.

Crime
A1 crash: Motorists thanked for helping save injured driver

A1 crash: Motorists thanked for helping save injured driver

The family of a local man who was seriously injured in a road traffic collision on Thursday, September 14 have thanked the “amazing people” who came to his aid at the roadside.

Transport
Cyber bullying

Phone ownership more likely to put kids at risk of bullying

Kids aged between eight and 11 are 'significantly' more likely to be victims of cyber bullies if they own a mobile phone, a new study has found.

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Supt David Moore,  PSNI District Commander, with Carla Lockhart MLA.

Call for police to step up patrols in rural areas

Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart has called on the PSNI to step up patrols in rural areas.

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Mr W. Brown (Head of Religious Studies) and Mrs H. Evans (Vice Principal) with pupils who won prizes in the Schools' Bible Project 2017.

Competition success for Academy pupils

Pupils from Banbridge Academy were among the winners in the Schools’ Bible Project 2017.

Education
Courthouse

Tried to force his way in with machete

Using a machete and an iron bar a 24-year-old man tried to force his way into a flat in Lurgan, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday.

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Jailed for buying the drugs that claimed his friend’s life

Jailed for buying the drugs that claimed his friend’s life

One young man died and another had to be resuscitated after two friends went on a two week long drug binge, Banbridge Magistrates Court heard on Thursday.

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Banbridge man in ‘rail rage’ incident

Banbridge man in ‘rail rage’ incident

A JUDGE said he takes a “dim view” of criminality directed at transport staff going about their jobs after a man assaulted an employee at Ballymena Railway Station.

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Appeal as thieves steal two Mercs and a truck

Appeal as thieves steal two Mercs and a truck

Police are investigating a report of theft from commercial premises in the Acre Road area of Magheralin.

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Rory Best

RUGBY: Injury blow for Ulster skipper Rory Best

Ulster captain Rory Best looks set to be ruled out for up to six weeks after picking up a hamstring injury on Thursday in the province’s latest injury setback.

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