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Friday, 23 June, 2000, 18:15 GMT 19:15 UK
Security van drops £100,000
Police in the Irish Republic have launched a hunt for IR£100,000 which is believed to have fallen out of the back of a security van after one of doors was accidentally left open.

The vehicle is understood to have travelled for a mile and half through the busy Cork city centre before the money was discovered missing.

The cash, which was in a white plastic bag, had been collected from a Bank of Ireland pooling depot in the city at about midday on Friday.

A police spokesman said they were conducting a search of the route.

"We are appealing to anyone who finds the money to hand it in immediately. It would be a serious criminal offence to keep it," he added.


DUP "confident" on motion

The leader of the Democratic Unionist Party Ian Paisley has said he is "confident" a motion to expel Sinn Fein from the Northern Ireland Executive will be debated before the assembly breaks for the summer.

He said his party was sticking to its plan for its ministers to rotate their executive posts between DUP members to disrupt the work of the executive if it failed to attract 60% unionist support for the motion.

Mr Paisley did not say how many members of the assembly were backing the motion at present. He would need to secure 30 to force a debate on his party's motion.

"I am confident it will be debated in this House," he said.


Prominent car dealer fined

One of Northern Ireland's biggest car dealerships Charles Hurst Limited has been fined for selling a car with false mileage.

The company admitted selling a car which had covered more than 28,000 miles but which had a speedometer reading of less than 9,000 miles.

A previous owner had fitted a new speedometer to the car.

A magistrate said Charles Hurst had been careless and fined the company £250.


Attack on woman

A 29-year-old woman has been indecently assaulted in Carrickfergus, County Antrim.

A man approached her as she walked along Prospect Road shortly before 2200 BST on Thursday.

The police believe a number of motorists may have seen the incident and are appealing for witnesses.


Army closes base

The army has closed its Fort George base in Londonderry.

The move came as part of a package of demilitarisation in Northern Ireland.

The army has already dismantled bases in Cookstown, County Tyrone, and at Cloghogue in south Armagh, and has removed observation posts from Broadway and the New Lodge areas of Belfast.

The scaling down of the army presence in Northern Ireland has come as a result of a security assessment which indicated a reduced threat from terrorism.

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