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Friday 18 August 2017

Man who grew drugs avoids jail

A MAN who said he was growing cannabis plants for his own medicinal purposes has been spared jail.

James Walsh (57), of Wyanstown, Oldtown, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to cultivation of cannabis plants at his home on June 20, 2013. Judge Martin Nolan suspended a two-year prison sentence on condition that Walsh keeps the peace.

Gardai found 23 plants in a large "grow tent" in a small bedroom with an estimated street value of €20,800. Walsh has previous convictions for possession of drugs, theft and possession of forged prescriptions.

Team unearths 3,000 skeletons

Archaeologists have begun excavating around 3,000 skeletons from a burial ground used during the period of the Great Plague in 1665.

The Bedlam burial ground is at the site of the new Liverpool Street station that will serve the cross-London Crossrail line.

Used from 1569 to at least 1738, the burial site was also known as Bethlehem and the New Churchyard.

Tests on excavated plague victims will further understanding of the evolution of the plague bacteria strain.

Woman killed by birthing cow

A woman has apparently been crushed to death by a cow while helping it give birth.

The accident happened on a farm in Bixter, on Shetland, on Friday.

Police Scotland said they are investigating the incident with the Health and Safety Executive but there were no suspicious circumstances.

Schofield not happy at probe

This Morning host Phillip Schofield has hit out after watchdog Ofcom launched an investigation into the show's report on "bondage for beginners".

The report was inspired by Fifty Shades Of Grey and featured an interview with a "sex expert" about a range of sex toys including an eye mask, a leash and collar and a bodywand.

Ofcom received 120 complaints about the issue. Schofield said that people complained to Ofcom over "any minor outrage".

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