IRA ‘shot down helicopter’
THE IRA has claimed that it shot down a British Army helicopter which was wrecked when it force-landed on a field in the Clogher Valley area. The Mid-Ulster Brigade of the IRA claimed that “a five man active service unit using general purpose machine guns and AK47 rifles” shot down the helicopter, which crashed in a field near Augher and Aughnacloy.
The IRA said its unit opened fire on the Gazelle which was carrying four soldiers. “Our ASU fired approximately 300 rounds. It is also our firm belief that one of the soldiers sustained gunshot wounds.
“This latest attack demonstrates our resourcefulness and ability to strike at the British forces at will.”
A police spokesman said that three soldiers were taken to hospital as a result of the incident, suffering from what were described as “impact injuries.”
One witness described hearing about 50-60 rounds of machine gun fire before the helicopter landed.
History Park to open
OMAGH District Council’s £1m-plus Ulster History Park at Cullion, on the Omagh to Gortin road, will be open on April 12, the council’s chairman, Crawford McFarland, has disclosed. The park will open initially with four sites completed, namely, the Mesolithic Encampment, the early Neolithic Site, the Crannog and the early Medieval Christian Site, with round tower, stone oratory and two clochans.
Work on a further two sites, namely, the later Neolithic Site and the Norman Motte and Bailey, are well advanced.
Council tenants on rent strike
NINETEEN of the 20 tenants who live in the aluminium bungalows at Clabby Road, Fivemiletown, have gone on strike.
They are objecting to paying a further 2s on their present rate of 25s and when rent collector, Jack McDowell, called for his fortnightly collection, he was told by angry housewives: “We are not paying until the matter is considered”. The tenants are complaining of defects ranging from leaking roofs to dampness and window faults. Recently the council undertook an extensive improvement scheme on the bungalows which included replacement of all windows, the insulation of the ceilings with fibre glass, and structural repairs. All of which were instigated on the initiation of the ministry. Under the tenancy agreement, the council are entitled to recommend proceedings for eviction for the non-payment of rent.
Lady ‘can’t wear high heels’
AN Omagh lady who can no longer wear high-heeled shoes because of an ankle injury, was awarded £250 damages at Tyrone County Court. Gladys McCann, a newsagent of Market St, Omagh claimed damages of the driver of a car which knocked her off her bicycle at Sedan Avenue junction. She said, “Since the accident I can’t wear my nice high-heeled shoes. If I’m going anywhere special, I have to plod along in my broad-heeled flatties”.
Mrs McCann also told the Court that because of nervousness which resulted from the accident she could now not ride a bicycle or drive her car. She said she had just learned to drive before the accident so that she could visit her family.
Wire keeps car together
A FINE of £2 was imposed by Capt PS Bell, RM, at Derry on John Ward, of Eden Fore, Plumbridge, who was prosecuted for using a motorcar in a dangerous condition. Constable Simpson stated that be brought the car to Victoria Barracks to be examined by the Public Service Vehicle Dept. Constable Stevenson, PSV inspector, said he inspected the car, the condition of which was very bad. The brakes were in bad order, the roof was hanging off, the steering box was loose, two posts had been fitted to support the body at the back, and the mud wings were hanging off. The body was tied on the chassis with wire to keep it from falling off, three of the tyres were cut, one wheel was buckled and another was hanging practically off. The defendant explained to him that he had to drive the car around the Plumbridge district, where the roads were very bad.
Claim over dead cow
BEFORE Judge Thompson in Belfast Recorder’s Court, James Barnes, a cattle dealer of Main Street Augher, sued the Northern Ireland Road Transport Board for £21 damages for an alleged breach of contract to carry cattle safely from Augher to Belfast. One of 11 cattle consigned by Barnes in one of the Board’s lorries died at Aughnacloy while in transit. Robert J Condy, vet, said he formed the opinion that the cow died from fatty degeneration of the heart. He did not think the animal was fit for the journey.
His Honour said he thought the animal’s death was not caused by negligence. He would consider the point and give judgement later.
Omagh soldier injured
DURING an argument on the Fleetwood-Belfast steamer on Friday morning between Sergeant James Bradley, who was on his way to join his regiment at the front, and a Belfast man named Orr, something was said about the recent naval engagements.
A quarrel ensued on the voyage, and the sergeant, it is alleged, struck the civilian.
The latter retaliated, using a knife it is reported, with which he stabbed the soldier in the side.
On arrival at Fleetwood, Bradley was removed to the military hospital. Orr was arrested and remanded on a charge of unlawful wounding by the magistrates
Sergeant Bradley resided in Omagh for a number of years, and his wife resides in Castle Street.
He assisted the Omagh Depot FC as goalkeeper on many occasions in the White Cup.
A farmer dissatisfied
JOHN McCullough, Drumquin, wrote to the Castlederg District Council, stating that he was not satisfied with the measurement of the plot for a labourer’s cottage on his farm as he thought there was more than half an acre in it. He asked the council to take steps to have the plot properly measured.
The council decided to take no action in the matter as they were of opinion that McCullough, if he was not satisfied with the measurements, should employ an engineer himself to measure it.