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Bogus charity collector jailed

A MAN who carried out a bogus charity collection has been sentenced to four months in prison.

Thomas McDonagh, who has 16 previous convictions, deceived three businesses in Swords into giving him money for the charity Fighting Words, Swords District Court heard.

While McDonagh (21), of Berry Field Crescent in Finglas pleaded guilty, Judge Dermot Dempsey said he was “not impressed” as he had previously been given the benefit of a Probation order.

He did not feel McDonagh would be suitable for community service.

Moscow train crash kills six

A freight train jumped the tracks and collided with a passenger train near Moscow, ripping the side off one of the carriages and killing at least six people.

Dozens were injured and Russian officials said the death toll could rise. All of the windows and most of the side of one carriage had gone, a cameraman on the scene said.

Russian television footage showed dazed passengers clambering off the tilting train and climbing up a grassy bank to safety after the accident.

Nazi guards may face trial

Around 20 former guards at the Majdanek death camp could face charges in Germany, following a widespread probe of the Nazi SS men and women who served there during World War II, war crimes investigators said.

Federal prosecutor Kurt Schrimm, who heads Germany’s special Nazi war crimes office, said he expects to turn the cases over to state investigators within two weeks for them to pursue accessory to murder charges. Schrimm’s office has no power to file charges itself.

Sherlock makes museum history

The Museum of London is turning its magnifying glass on the most famous Londoner who never lived — Sherlock Holmes.

The museum has announced its first exhibition devoted to a fictional character. It will feature everything from Arthur Conan Doyle’s hand-written manuscripts to the coat worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in the popular BBC TV series.


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