Three men accused of the murder of Adam Chawla to go on trial in August

Three men accused of the murder of Adam Chawla to go on trial in August

THE three men accused of the murder of ‘kind-natured’ Adam Chawla are due to stand trial in August.

The 27-year-old died of injuries he suffered during an alleged incident in Eleanor Place, in Stockton, on Friday, February 19.

Ryan Stewart Burey, 29, of Wembley Way, Stockton; Craig Richard Hardy, 40, of Cambridge Road, Thornaby and Naeem Iqbal, 50, of Eleanor Place, Stockton, all appeared at Teesside Crown Court yesterday morning charged with murder.

The Recorder of Middlesbrough Paul Watson QC remanded all three in custody until their next court appearance next month.

None of the defendants entered a plea to the charge during the short hearing.

The judge provisionally set the trial date for August 16 this year.

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Yesterday, his family paid tribute to Mr Chawla. They said: “Adam has lived locally in Stockton since he was two years old and he was a very popular and well known person.

“He was a kind natured person and when he was younger he used to help elderly neighbours with shopping and errands.

“He also used to work in a local restaurant which he really enjoyed.

“Adam comes from a large and very loving family, including his two children aged eight and three and we will all miss him terribly.”

  • Anyone with information regarding the incident, or who may have witnessed anything is asked to call Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Police appeal after two vehicle collision in Ryedale

Police appeal after two vehicle collision in Ryedale

POLICE area appealing for witnesses following a crash in the Ryedale area yesterday (February 23).

The collision happened at around 4pm yesterday on the B1248 at North Grimston.

It involved a black Vauxhall Astra car which was travelling towards Malton and white Honda Elysion MPV which was traveling towards Beverley.

The occupants of both vehicles were not seriously injured and treated at the scene by paramedics.

The road was closed until 6.30pm to allow for scene investigation and the vehicles to be recovered.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the white Honda as it travelled away from Norton towards the scene of the collision or the collision itself, particularly if you have dashcam footage and have not already spoken to officers.

Witnesses are urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Mark Patterson, or email

Please provide reference number: 12210065400.

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Boundary Brighton: Tickets go on sale Friday

Boundary Brighton: Tickets go on sale Friday

TICKETS for a dance festival in Brighton are going on sale, ahead of hopes that ravers can return this summer.

Tickets for Boundary Brighton will go back on sale this Friday at 10am, after the festival was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

The festival, which will take place in Stanmer Park on September 25, has a capacity for 20,000 people.

Nightclubs and events will return to England by the end of June, according to the Prime Minister’s four-stage plan.

Full capacity at venues are possible but will be dependent on the success of pilot events.

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A spokesman for the event said: “Boundary Brighton was celebrating its fifth year of the festival in 2020 but unfortunately had to be cancelled due to Covid. We had to postpone until September 25.

“While Boundary Brighton isn’t guaranteed to go ahead yet until we have further guidance, we are following the current guidelines which suggest we will be able to go ahead in September.

“We are offering a full money back guarantee if Covid does affect the event.

“It’s been an extremely challenging time and balancing act to keep the festival together as artists, agents, contractors, suppliers all want deposits or commitment.”

The festival has sold out the last four years and featured acts including Kurupt FM and Jax Jones.

Tickets will go on sale for £30 and organisers will keep them at that price for a “few weeks”.

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Amanda Holden flashes legs in a mini skirt on the hottest day of the year 17°C

Amanda Holden flashes legs in a mini skirt on the hottest day of the year 17°C

AMANDA Holden flashed her legs in a mini skirt on the hottest day of the year so far as temperatures reached 17°C in London.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge showed off her age-defying beauty just a week after turning 50.

Amanda looked fabulous in her mini skirt and matching top

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Amanda looked fabulous in her mini skirt and matching top

Amanda looked glam wearing a chic short skirt and matching jacket combo on her way to her radio job in central London.

She was joined by Pussycat Doll pal Ashley Roberts who looked sweet in a short chequered skirt too for a Boomerang clip on Instagram.

Both TV stars went bare-legged as they made the most of the Spring sunshine.

Amanda captioned the post: “Yasss in the #Sunshine with my #sista ❤️ @iamashleyroberts.”

Amanda had everything to smile about in these pics

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Amanda had everything to smile about in these pics

She completed her look with a pair of towering heels

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She completed her look with a pair of towering heels

She had fun posting a Boomerang with I’m A Celeb star Ashley Roberts too

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She had fun posting a Boomerang with I’m A Celeb star Ashley Roberts too

The friends made the most of the sunshine wearing short skirts

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The friends made the most of the sunshine wearing short skirts

Meanwhile Amanda gave her fans a treat to celebrate turning 50 last week, where she shared some sexy snaps which saw her strip completely naked.

In one of the pictures Amanda was seen nude and perched on top of giant birthday cake, biting into a cherry.

The pictures showed off her incredible figure and her natural beauty.

She wrote next to the cheeky snaps: “How did This happen! Half a century.. time flies.

Amanda Holden stripped off to celebrate her 50th birthday

Amanda looked flawless as she stripped off to celebrate turning 50

The sexy star showed off her incredible figure

The mum-of-two looked stunning in a sparkly jumpsuit

“Thank you for all your kind & loving messages today.. my husband Chris and my gorgeous girls have spoiled me rotten and it’s still going.

“My friends have sent the most hilarious messages & presents and made this day extra special.

“I can’t wait to celebrate in a HUGE way when we can. I’m 50 all year and all year we’re gonna party💪🏼💪🏼. Hang on to your loved ones. It’s nearly over ❤️.”

Amanda also wrote next to another saucy snap: “Bubbles are flowing… the cherry on top of a fabulous day 🍒.”

Amanda was given balloons and fizz by her co-workers at Heart Radio to celebrate her birthday

She put on a brave face after her recent police drama

Amanda has got the spring back in her step after her recent police drama.

The TV star was reported to police for travelling 215 miles to Cornwall after getting a “distressing” phone call from her stepdad Leslie, 75.

Her spokesman told The Sun: “Amanda is aware of the rules and is devastated she had to break them.”

He added: “Amanda knows all families are going through difficulty during these turbulent times but received a distressing telephone call from her elderly father on Friday afternoon.

Amanda with her mum and stepdad in 2003

Amanda made a dash to see her parents in Cornwall after getting a distressing call

“On balance Amanda felt the round trip to Cornwall necessary to contain the matter at her family home. The very personal situation has now been aided and Amanda is back in London.

“Amanda did not act on a whim and has adhered to Covid rules every step of the way in all three lockdowns.

“Her parents are vaccinated and, with Amanda testing for Covid weekly, she felt she was not putting her parents at risk. She did not come in contact with any member of the public.”

It is understood Amanda had not seen her parents for a year.

Amanda, married to music producer Chris Hughes, 48, has been a vocal supporter of government measures throughout lockdown and has also raised cash for the NHS.

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The reason Boris Johnson won’t end lockdown sooner

The reason Boris Johnson won’t end lockdown sooner

Muddled government messaging during the UK’s Covid-19 pandemic response has been a constant source of criticism. But on the issue of whether Boris Johnson might fast-forward through his schedule for easing lockdown restrictions, Downing Street is being crystal clear.

Scientific experts, Tory MPs and even cabinet ministers yesterday implied that the third national shutdown could be lifted more quickly if national infection rates fall faster than expected in the wake of the coronavirus vaccines rollout.

But No. 10 has moved swiftly to “dampen suggestions England could accelerate through the four stages” of the prime minister’s roadmap, says Politico’s London Playbook. Downing Street “issued a firm denial overnight”, insisting that “it would not budge from the ‘no earlier than’ dates set out on Monday”, the site reports.

Set in stone

Despite the Downing Street denial, The Telegraph’s lead story today quotes a senior government source saying that encouraging results from the jabs rollout “would change the calculations” on when lockdown restrictions will ease.

Other government insiders also claim that the roadmap “could be accelerated if real-world data on the effect of vaccines is better than expected”, the paper reports.

Ministers are said to be “waiting to study the potential spread of Covid in secondary schools” after pupils return on 8 March, with fears of a subsequent rise in the R rate prompting “a cautious approach to unlocking shops, pubs and restaurants”.

An Imperial College London (ICL) epidemiologist whose modelling informed Johnson’s lockdown easing timetable told Times Radio yesterday that “if any acceleration is possible, it is only likely to be potentially possible in May – for instance, if we see continued steady decline in hospitalisations and deaths in March and April”.

Professor Neil Ferguson added that he was not “overly optimistic” about a rejigging of the government’s plans, however.

Despite that note of caution, “Ferguson has now been nicknamed ‘Professor Unlockdown’ in Whitehall as government aides scramble to shoot down his remarks”, says London Playbook.

Tory Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has also deviated from the government line, claiming during his Moggcast podcast for Conservative Home that “governments always have within them a degree of flexibility”.

That verdict has been welcomed by the Covid Recovery Group (CRG) of lockdown-sceptic Tory MPs.

Leaping on the suggestions that the timetable could be adjusted, CRG boss Mark Harper tweeted a thread of perceived issues with the ICL modelling on which Johnson based the plan.

According to Harper, “some serious questions arise from the assumptions on which the modelling is based”. These assumptions include the possibility of the vaccine campaign slowing dramatically, as well as cautious predictions about the extent to which Covid jabs can curb infections and reduce hospitalisations.

But the growing clamour from disgruntled Tory backbenchers is failing to sway No. 10.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday “slapped down” suggestions that the restrictions will end sooner, the Daily Mail reports. 

Insisting that the PM was being “sensible and prudent” with his approach, Hancock told reporters: “Some people will say we’re going to be going too fast, some people will say we’re going too slow. We need to see the effects of each step, and that takes five weeks.”

Step by step

Johnson’s “data not dates” strategy is focused on two key issues: the speed at which vaccines can be rolled out and concerns over new Covid variants.

Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance said yesterday at the government’s daily press briefing that “the more vaccines you can get out across people, the better it will be”. 

But he added that “it’s likely you get an increase in cases when you start to open up” and that “the sooner you open up everything, the higher the risk of a bigger resurgence. The slower you do it, the better.”

Vallance pointed to the example of Israel, which despite leading the global race to vaccinate populations, is seeing “an increase in hospitalisation amongst younger people” after opting to ease lockdown measures once older people were protected.

Explaining this seeming failure of the jabs, The Times’ science editor Tom Whipple writes that “the maths isn’t hard, but it is counterintuitive”. If 80% of the population are adults and 80% of those adults are inoculated with a vaccine that is 80% effective, he says, you have around 50% protection from Covid across the country.

“A really good take-up of a really good vaccine, in other words, still leaves a really large amount of gaps,” Whipple continues.

Those large gaps could provide room for further vaccine mutations, as “when a lot of people have been vaccinated and there’s also a lot of virus in circulation, that’s the point when the virus has the most chance of finding a way to infect the people who had previously been immune”.

To put that another way, “the greatest danger occurs at the moment of victory”, an unnamed minister told London Playbook, lifting a quote from Napoleon Bonaparte.

 And in this latest battle in the war against Covid, Johnson has chosen to be flanked by his scientific advisors while leaving sceptical Tory MPs far behind the lines.

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People’s Park wedding venue plan scrapped due to Covid-19 impact

People’s Park wedding venue plan scrapped due to Covid-19 impact

A planned wedding venue in the centre of Grimsby has been scrapped due to the impact of Covid-19.

Navigo has confirmed it is stepping away from the Floral Hall development, which would have seen a brand new wedding venue brought to People’s Park.

The Floral Hall would have been turned into a 100-capacity wedding venue, and was approved by North East Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee back in July 2019.

The plan was to convert part of the existing greenhouse, create a bespoke space that can also be used as a Bridal House, and replace three portable buildings towards the back of the site.

The venue would have hosted a range of events from children’s parties to affordable weddings as well as charity functions and free community activities.

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The Floral Hall at People’s Park is to be transformed into a wedding and events venue by NAViGO
The Floral Hall at People’s Park is to be transformed into a wedding and events venue by Navigo

The People’s Park cafe, also run by Navigo, will also be closed down as they remove their full services from the area.

According to Navigo, the venue has been scrapped due to nationwide cuts to adult social care provided by councils and local care providers – brought on by the impact of the coronavirus.

Navigo director of finance Simon Beeton said: “The last year has been extremely challenging for everyone and essential NHS care providers, like ourselves, are being asked to make further cost efficiencies.

“After very careful consideration, we have decided to move our services away from People’s Park including the Floral Hall.

“This was a difficult decision but we have done all we can to make savings while ensuring there is no disruption to core services, we continue to prioritise the needs of our service users and minimise the risk to staff.”

The Acorns overlooking People's Park in Grimsby which is still experiencing issues surrounding anti-social behaviour
The Acorns overlooking People’s Park in Grimsby which is still experiencing issues surrounding anti-social behaviour

As well as “streamlining service provision”, other reasons for the project being scrapped include the delays caused by Covid-19, increased restoration costs, and the focus on the redevelopment of Grimsby Garden Centre.

Other cuts Navigo are facing including outsourcing their education programme to an external company as well as not hiring anyone for the currently vacant night shelter case-worker post.

Simon added: “We always have a responsibility to ensure that we use our finances appropriately and focus on providing core mental health services to the local community.

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“But like many other organisations, we have been asked to make savings by the council and for us this is the most efficient way to do it while minimising the impact on our service users, staff and the wider community.

“As a NHS mental health services provider, we need, more than ever to focus our time and resources effectively. There are unprecedented challenges ahead and our focus remains on providing care and support to the people of North East Lincolnshire.”

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When was the first gay TV series? A short history of LGBT+ representation

When was the first gay TV series? A short history of LGBT+ representation

While representation of gay characters in TV series has come a long way in the last couple of decades, it has been a painfully slow process to get to this point.

This year, GLAAD’s “Where We Are On TV” report found that of 773 series regular characters scheduled to appear on broadcast scripted primetime television in the US this season, 9.1 percent are LGBT+. However, with 20 percent of Americans aged 18 to 34 identifying as LGBT+, there is still a long way to go.

But for most of TV history, LGBT+ characters have been totally absent, or have appeared fleetingly as the butt of a joke or as a victim of violence.

When did the first gay character appear on TV?

In 1971, the year after the first-ever Pride parade in the US and when homosexuality was still considered a disorder, All in the Family became the first American sitcom to show a gay character on TV, in only its fifth episode.

The episode subverted gay stereotypes, as Archie Bunker mocks a man who he considers effeminate, but turns out to be straight. It is later revealed that his macho, football-loving drinking buddy Steve is actually gay.

The gay character Peter Panama, played by Vincent Schiavelli, in the US TV series The Corner Bar
The gay character Peter Panama, played by Vincent Schiavelli, in the US TV series The Corner Bar. (Youtube/ Gilmore Box)

A year later, in 1972, US sitcom The Corner Bar included the first-ever gay series regular on American TV. While the ABC show stuck around for just 16 episodes, it made history with the character of Peter Panama, played by Vincent Schiavelli.

Rich Wandel, then-president of the Gay Activists Alliance, called Peter “the worst stereotype of a gay person I’ve ever seen”.

While most early gay characters were sidelined, not given their own storylines or love interests, eventually same-sex couples began appearing on TV.

During the same year as The Corner Bar, Australia also saw its first gay series regular – Don Finlayson portrayed Joe Hasham on the serial Number 96 between 1972 and 1977. He had several same-sex relationships, and even lived with his boyfriend Dudley.

In 1975 ABC’s Hot l Baltimore featured the first gay couple on US network television. George and Gordon, played by Lee Bergere and Henry Calvert, were a middle-aged gay couple that appeared on the show, which was so controversial that it was dropped by the network after six months on air.

It wasn’t until 1981 that a TV show with a gay lead character was shown on primetime US television, when NBC’s Love, Sidney aired. However the show’s titular character Sidney Shorr, a single gay man, remains in the closet for every one of the 40 episodes.

The UK trailed behind in its LGBT+ TV representation, and an openly gay character was not shown on TV until 1985, when the Liverpool-based soap Brookside introduced Gordon Collins, played by Nigel Cowley.

In 1989, the first Black lesbian relationship on US TV was broadcast by ABC in the series The Women of Brewster Place.

The LGBT lesbian kiss Brookside
The groundbreaking kiss between Beth and Margaret in Brookside in 1994 is still being talked about today (Channel 4)

When was the first same-sex kiss shown on TV?

One of the first same-sex kisses shown on TV anywhere in the world is thought to have been on the Australian soap opera The Box, in 1974.

Vicki Stafford, played by Judy Nunn, is a bisexual reporter who, in the very first episode of the show, shared a same-sex kiss with Felicity, played by Helen Hemingway.

In the UK, Eastenders broadcast the first gay kiss between Colin Russell (Michael Cashman) and his partner Barry Clark (Gary Hailes) in 1989.The first kiss between two women on a UK TV series was aired in 1994. The iconic Brookside lesbian kiss was followed the same year by another same-sex smooch on Byker Grove.

In the US, the first same-sex kiss on network television was between two female lawyers on LA Law in 1991. NBC received multiple complaints and advertisers pulled their ads from the network, however the show ran for eight seasons and won multiple Emmys.

What’s next for LGBT+ representation on TV? It’s hard to say, but things are definitely going in the right direction – even if there is more to be done.


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Covid lives on clothes up to 72 hours, study says which are worst

Covid lives on clothes up to 72 hours, study says which are worst

Covid-19 and other similar strains of virus can survive on clothing and transmit to other surfaces for up to 72 hours, a study has found.

Research carried out by De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester looked at how coronavirus behaves on three fabrics commonly used in the healthcare industry.

Scientists said polyester poses the highest risk for transmission, with infectious virus still present after three days that could transfer to other surfaces.

The study, led by microbiologist Dr Katie Laird, virologist Dr Maitreyi Shivkumar and postdoctoral researcher Dr Lucy Owen, involved adding droplets of a model coronavirus called HCoV-OC43 – which has a very similar structure and survival pattern to that of Sars-CoV-2 – which causes Covid-19 – to polyester, polycotton and 100% cotton.

Scientists said on 100% cotton the virus lasted for 24 hours, while on polycotton it only survived for six hours.

The university said Dr Laird advised the Government that all healthcare uniforms should be laundered in hospitals to commercial standards or by an industrial laundry.

Dr Laird, head of the Infectious Disease Research Group at DMU, said: “When the pandemic first started there was very little understanding of how long coronavirus could survive on textiles.

“Our findings show that three of the most commonly used textiles in healthcare pose a risk for transmission of the virus.

“If nurses and healthcare workers take their uniforms home, they could be leaving traces of the virus on other surfaces.”

She continued: “Once we had determined the survival rate of coronavirus on each of the textiles, we turned our attention to identifying the most reliable wash method for removing the virus.

“While we can see from the research that washing these materials at a high temperature, even in a domestic washing machine, does remove the virus, it does not eliminate the risk of the contaminated clothing leaving traces of coronavirus on other surfaces in the home or car before they are washed.

“We now know that the virus can survive for up to 72 hours on some textiles and that it can transfer to other surfaces too.

“This research has reinforced my recommendation that all healthcare uniforms should be washed on site at hospitals or at an industrial laundry.

“These wash methods are regulated and nurses and healthcare workers do not have to worry about potentially taking the virus home.”

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Neil Lennon resigns as Celtic manager

Neil Lennon resigns as Celtic manager

Celtic announced this morning that Neil Lennon has resigned as manager.

Lennon was in his second spell as manager of the Glasgow club and had guided them to five trophies.

However, Celtic have struggled badly this season with their quest for ten Scottish Premiership titles in a row all but over as city rivals Rangers hold an 18-point lead at the top of the table.

Lennon said: “We have experienced a difficult season due to so many factors and, of course, it is very frustrating and disappointing that we have not been able to hit the same heights as we did previously.

“I have worked as hard as ever to try and turn things around, but unfortunately we have not managed to get the kind of run going that we have needed.

“I have always given my best to the Club and have been proud to deliver silverware to the Celtic supporters. The Club will always be part of me. I will always be a Celtic supporter myself and I will always want the best for Celtic.

“I would like to thank so many people at the Club who have given me so much and I would also like to thank my family for their love and support. I wish the Celtic supporters, players, staff and directors nothing but success for the future.”

Current assistant manager, John Kennedy, will take interim charge of the team.

In Lennon’s first spell as manager, he won three league titles and two Scottish Cups.

However, despite his successes, the news does not come as a surprise as fans were growing increasingly frustrated at Celtic’s slump in form this season.

Lennon has returned to the role after Brendan Rodgers left to take over Leicester City in February 2019.

He had previously insisted he would not resign amid rising pressure.

Lennon apologised for “letting fans down again” after the 1-0 loss to Ross County on Sunday.

Lennon, who won 11 major honours in his playing career with Celtic, was described as a “club legend” by principal shareholder Dermot Desmond.

Desmond said: “Neil is a Celtic legend both as a player and manager. He has given so much to the Club, and with his success over the last number of years — including winning a Treble in his own right — he will be very difficult to replace.

“We thank Neil sincerely for all he has done for the club and we wish him every success going forward.”

Celtic have struggled this season and sit 18 points behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell added: “I would like to pay tribute to Neil for all he has done for the Club in his second spell, delivering our eighth and ninth successive league titles, the Quadruple Treble and winning the last five available domestic trophies.

“Neil has always been and will always be a true Celtic man and someone I will always hold in the highest regard.

“I have watched Neil fight many battles over many years, on and off the field, with a courage and tenacity few could match. Even this season, he has fought so hard and worked tirelessly to turn things around.

“While this season has not progressed as we would have liked, it cannot diminish the character or integrity of a man who has given the Club so much.

“Personally, it is a sad day for me to see Neil leave the Club. Neil is a man of quality and decency, he is someone who will always be part of the fabric of Celtic and someone who will always be welcomed at Celtic Park.

“On behalf of everyone at the club, and personally, I would like to thank Neil for his work as our manager and I wish him and his family good health and continued success in everything they do.”


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Lisburn and Castlereagh council rejects bilingual street sign policy

Lisburn and Castlereagh council rejects bilingual street sign policy

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council has rejected a Sinn Fein motion calling for a new bilingual street sign policy on Tuesday evening.

he motion was brought forward by Sinn Fein councillor Ryan Carlin and would have allowed a consultation for the change of signage if 15% of residents were in favour.

Thirty-four councillors from the DUP, UUP and Alliance party voted against the motion, while five Sinn Fein, SDLP and Green party councillors voted in favour.

The proposal was branded by the DUP as “divisive” and “undemocratic”.

DUP councillor Alan Givan warned the motion would potentially “damage community relations”.

“Some people would regard the addition of an Irish sign as cultural branding of an area.

“The motion allowing 15% to make that decision, overriding the 85% of an area who wishes would’ve been overridden, that would be unfair and undemocratic.

“The motion would damage community relations in many areas of Lisburn and Castlereagh which are currently living in harmony.”

Speaking after the meeting, Ryan Carlin said: “It’s extremely disappointing that parties on Lisburn and Castlereagh Council have blocked a proposal to implement a more progressive street signage policy in the Council area.

“This runs contrary to the growing and vibrant Irish language community across our council area.

“The current bilingual signage policy is outdated and does not reflect this changing community and desire to see bilingual signage erected across the council area.”

Belfast Telegraph

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