Evening top 5: Officer injured during shooting in north Belfast; White House claims 'largest inauguration audience' despite contrary evidence

The top stories this Sunday evening...

A PSNI officer has been shot in the arm after a shooting took place in north Belfast

The PSNI said the officer was injured in a suspected drive-by attack. 

It is the first shooting of its kind in Northern Ireland for over eight years.

The Police Federation for Northern Ireland tweeted "There are reports that 1 of our Officer's has been injured in a terrorist shooting in Belfast.

It happened at a petrol station on the Crumlin Road shortly after 7pm - the area has been closed off while officers investigate.

 

White House claims 'largest audience to witness an inauguration' despite evidence to the contrary

Donald Trump and his White House team have accused the media of dishonestly in reporting the size of the crowd at Friday's inauguration - despite photographic and other evidence to the contrary.

The President insisted that crowds at the event stretched back all the way to the Washington Monument, even though photographs and footage from the scene showed large, empty spaces around the landmark.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Mr Trump tweeted about television ratings compared to President Obama's second inauguration in 2011. Figures reported by Bloomberg show that the viewership fell short of the numbers recorded for both Obama's 2009 inauguration and Ronald Reagan's first address in 1981.

 

 

A 38-year-old pedestrian has died following a crash in County Laois

The man was involved in a collision with a car on the Ballylinan to Castlecomer Road at Crettyard just after 10pm last night.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body has been taken to the mortuary at Portlaoise Hospital.

The 24-year-old woman who was driving the car was uninjured.

A forensic examination of the scene is being carried out and the road remains closed - with local diversions in place.

 

Sunday Night Takeaways: Stamford Bridge a fortress and Arsenal pick up crucial late win

While all around them faltered to some degree or another, Arsenal provided drama late on and kept the pressure on leaders Chelsea.

Alexis Sanchez's 98th minute panenka penalty was enough to earn them all three points, despite conceding a penalty themselves in stoppage time. 

Chelsea, meanwhile, made it eight straight wins at home with a 2-0 victory over Hull City at Stamford Bridge.

Earlier in the day, Leicester City were beaten by out-of-form Southampton at St Mary's. James Ward-Prowse, Jay Rodriguez and Dusan Tadic did the damage against the champions, who haven't won in the league this year.

 

At least 32 dead after train derails in eastern India

At least 32 people have been killed after nine coaches of a passenger train derailed in eastern India, police have said.

The express train from Jagdalpur to Bhubaneswar came off the track near Kuneri station, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, around 18 miles (30km) outside the town of Raigarh.

"Nine bogies [coaches] were derailed of which three have turned and fallen off the track," said local Superintendent of Police LKV Ranga Rao. "Most of the casualties and deaths are from the three sleeper-class compartments."

Video footage from the scene showed disaster management workers and locals trying to rescue trapped passengers from the wreckage, using phones to provide light.