Friday 15 December 2017

Army bomb unit find hoax

A suspect device which led to a large part of north Dublin being sealed off on Sunday night was later declared a hoax by army experts.

The incident unfolded at the Gateway apartments in Ballymun at around 8.40pm when the device was discovered outside an apartment.

A major security operation started and the army bomb disposal team were called to the scene before the area was made safe shortly after 10pm.

Four held over Paris attacks

Four people including a policewoman have been taken into custody over suspected links to the terrorist attacks in Paris in January.

One detained man has ties to Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who killed a policewoman on January 8 and then four more people at a kosher supermarket on January 9 before being killed by security forces. The detained man's girlfriend, a policewoman, was also in custody.

Paris police had no details about the two others in custody. No one besides three dead gunmen have been linked directly to the January 7-9 attacks at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and the market, which left 20 people dead.

Train crash film director jailed

A US MOVIE director has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter following a train crash in Georgia that killed a camera assistant and injured six film workers.

Randall Miller also pleaded guilty in the Jesup County court to criminal trespassing and will spend two years in jail and pay a $20,000 fine. In the crash a year ago, a train travelling 90kph plowed into the director's crew who were filming on a railroad bridge.

Big send off for tallest man

An enormous coffin measuring almost 8ft long carried by eight pallbearers has been used to lay Britain's former tallest man to rest.

Christopher Greener, who died last month aged 71, held the title for four decades and was a towering 7ft 6in and 30 stone. Among the eight pallbearers were members of the Tall Cub of Great Britain. Mr Greener was buried in a double plot in a cemetery near his former home in Hayes, Bromley.

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