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Sunday 22 October 2017

Gardai hunt for brain-injury boy

The High Court has ordered gardai to apprehend a 16-year-old boy who absconded from hospital, bring him back and remain with him until a brain scan is carried out on him.

Barrister Felix McEnroy, SC, counsel for the HSE's Child and Family Agency, told Mr Justice Kevin Crossthat the boy was at the high end of disturbed children and had suffered a brain injury.

He underwent an operation but suffered a deterioration of his condition.

Mr McEnroy said the boy was brought back to hospital but absconded twice on Monday and is now missing.

Uber banned by German court

A court has issued an injunction barring ride- sharing service Uber from operating in Germany.

The decision means Uber cannot offer its services without a specific permit under German transport laws. The injunction applies pending a full hearing of a suit brought against Uber by Taxi Deutschland, a German cab association that also offers its own app.

The ruling comes after Berlin authorities last month barred Uber from operating in the capital because of safety concerns.

Police rescue hog-tied dog

Police and RSPCA officers have rescued a dog subjected to "horrible" abuse after being hog-tied in a park.

Officers found the boxer- cross pet - which they have called Spencer - abandoned in a Norwich park.

His legs were tied together and he had been tied to a post, leaving him unable to stand or move. The dog was spotted by a member of the public. Spencer was not micro-chipped and did not have any identification tags.

MP rape threat 'was just a joke'

A father has admitted sending a Labour MP rape messages after she backed a campaign to put Jane Austen on a banknote - but dismissed it as "a joke".

Peter Nunn (33) admitted retweeting messages threatening to sexually assault Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy and branding her a "witch'' last summer.

Nunn told the City of London Magistrates Court he was "satirising" the Twitter backlash and had no idea he was causing offence.

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