Omagh-based Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation to shut

A centre set up to help people deal with the Omagh bomb is to close.

The Omagh-based Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation will be shut in December.

The closure follows difficulties in securing long-term funding and recruiting key staff.

A spokesperson said the decision had been taken "with a heavy heart", but it would be "impossible to continue beyond the end of the year".

The trauma therapy centre was developed in Omagh after the August 1998 bombing in which 29 people and two unborn babies died.

More than 200 people were injured.

The trauma centre grew out of that service and was founded in 2002. Since then, more than 600 people from across Northern Ireland have requested help.

The team at the centre have delivered training to more than 1,000 people in recent years.