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Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard novel psychoactive substances were distributed at a shop on Gresham Street between October 2013 and July 2014 in a substantial commercial operation taking in £50,000 a month. File photograph: Stephen Kelly/PA Wire

Two men and a woman were given community service orders on Tuesday in a groundbreaking case over the sale of £400,000 worth of so-called legal highs i(...)

District judge Ken Nixon imposed eight months in jail for the “belly assault” incident. He also imposed lesser prison terms for the other offences, all to run concurrent. Each of the sentences was suspended for two years

A Belfast man who assaulted an elderly neighbour by “belly bouncing” her away from his home has been handed an eight-month suspended prison sentence. (...)

 John McGuigan in action for  Glentoran. Photograph: Inpho

One of Northern Ireland’s most highly-rated young footballers must serve 220 hours community service for having quantities of ecstasy and cocaine, a j(...)