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Teen attacker avoids prison

A YOUTH with 28 criminal convictions has been given a suspended sentence after he admitted instigating a gang attack on a 22-year-old man.

The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to assaulting the man in Artane on December 3, 2010.

Garda Christopher Lynch told Judge Ann Ryan that the man had been with six others when the youth and two more individuals approached.

The man was knocked to the ground while the boy's accomplices prevented his friends coming to his help.

Judge Ryan heard that the boy then "set upon him" and asked him for his phone. The court also heard that the boy turned to his accomplices and said "get the knife", but a weapon was never produced.

The man was injured but did not seek medical attention, the court heard.

Two escape in aircraft crash

TWO people had a lucky escape after their light aircraft crashed in Co Wicklow last night.

Gardai were called to the scene after the aircraft was forced to crash land in Newcastle.

Neither party was injured during the incident which happened around 7pm.

A garda spokesperson told the Herald that the Air Investigations Unit is currently looking into the cause behind the accident and are appealing for any witnesses.

Theatre night at Avondale

A night of open air theatre takes place tonight at Avondale House and Forest Park.

An adaption of Jane Austen's Emma will be performed by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company under the stars at the venue in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow. Tickets are available at 0404-46111.

Walliams lined up for new slot

David Walliams could front a new BBC peak-time comedy panel show which will test celebrities' patriotic knowledge.

The comedian is working on a pilot of the show -- called I Love My Country - in which he will team up with Frank Skinner and Greg Davies. It is based on a show that has already proved to be a hit in the Netherlands.