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The 9 at 9: Thursday

Here’s your round-up of the news this morning.

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Updated May 6th 2021, 8:49 AM

EVERY MORNING, The Journal brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.

1. #BIKE THEFT There has been a 65% increase in violent bike and scooter thefts since last year, according to a Noteworthy investigation published this morning

2. #CROSS BORDER CRIME Both Irish and British police forces are working together to tackle the illegal trade of fake documents, with Ireland used as a backdoor to post-Brexit Britain.

3. #KILDARE CRASH A woman in her 40s has died after being hit by a car in Kildare last night.

4. #PFIZER VACCINE A national study in Israel on their vaccine rollout shows that two doses of a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine provides 95.3% protection from the virus.

5. #SUPER THURSDAY Local and regional elections in the UK are taking place today, with the Tories expected to pull off a by-election sweep for the Labour constituency of Hartlepool

6. #SPACEX LAUNCH SpaceX has successfully landed its futuristic Starship, nailing a test flight of the spaceship that the company plans to use to take people to Mars.

7. #FACTCHECK Darkness into Light has not been cancelled by Pieta House this year, despite claims by anti-lockdown activists.

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8. #GHISLAINE MAXWELL Overnight checks are being carried out on Ghislaine Maxwell in prison, while she awaits a trial on sex trafficking charges.

9. #THE TROUBLES The UK is set to introduce a statute of limitations to stop people from being charged over incidents in Northern Ireland that happened before the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.

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