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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Bus driver pins down 'gunman'

a Polish man who had a toy gun which was a gift for his nephew was pinned to the ground by a bus driver who believed it was real, a court has heard.

Gardai were called to the scene by the bus driver who had followed Rafal Wojciechowski (47) and restrained him with other members of the public.

Wojciechowski, of Dorset Street, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing an imitation firearm at Cavendish Road on June 28, 2014. He has no previous convictions.

Judge Martin Nolan said Wojciechowski had "behaved in an idiotic fashion" by pointing the toy gun at bystanders and imposed a six month suspended sentence.

Murderers to marry in jail

Two convicted murderers are set to get married in prison. Mikhail Gallatinov (40) and Marc Goodwin (31) will wed in what is thought to be the UK's first gay jail wedding next month at top-security Full Sutton prison, near York.

Gallatinov, a convicted paedophile, was jailed for what a judge described as "a cold-blooded, well-planned, callous, chilling and apparently motiveless killing" in 1997. Goodwin was jailed for life in 2007 for the homophobic murder of a 57-year-old man.

Ambulance bomber kills 24

Libyan officials say the death toll from suicide bombings in an eastern town has reached at least 45.

The deaths came in three suicide bombings in the town of Qubba. In the deadliest, an attacker driving an ambulance packed with explosives rammed into a gas station where motorists were lined up, army spokesman Mohammed Hegazi said.

Fans damage Rome fountain

Dutch soccer fans caused "permanent" damage to a 500-year-old Rome fountain, an expert said on Friday after a drunken rampage by supporters that the city's mayor branded "hardened hooligans".

The Barcaccia, a boat-shaped fountain at the foot of the Spanish Steps, was chipped by beer bottles thrown and kicked by fans of Feyenoord before a Europa League match against AS Roma.

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