Wednesday 16 January 2019

In brief: Gardai hunt missing boy

GARDAI have asked for the help of the public in trying to find a missing 15-year-old boy.

John Ward, from Ballymun, in Dublin, was last seen on Thursday lunchtime in the Clontarf area of north Dublin.

He is 5' 6'' tall and slim, with short blond or light brown hair and blue eyes.

When last seen he was wearing a blue jacket, navy Adidas tracksuit bottoms and white runners.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballymun gardai at (01) 6664400.

Swastika claim

hits McDonald's

The mother of a Navajo man with learning difficulties who was branded with a swastika is suing fast food giant McDonald's and the owner of one of its New Mexico restaurants.

The civil action was filed on behalf of the victim, whose arm was branded with a heated metal coat hanger shaped into a swastika.

Ex-McDonald's employees Paul Beebe, William Hatch and Jesse Sanford, accused of the attack, allegedly encountered the victim at the restaurant. They have pleaded not guilty.

Terror suspect freed on bail

A 47-year-old man arrested last month following garda investigations into dissident terrorist activity in Co Galway has been released on bail at the Special Criminal Court.

Thomas Coffey (47), of One Hundred Acres, Monivea, Athenry, was charged with the unlawful possession of an explosive substance, ammonium nitrate, at One Hundred Acres, Monivea on January 26. He was also charged with the unlawful possession of a revolver and five rounds of ammunition.

Teen freed in cocaine case

A TEENAGER, whose "drug distribution network" was smashed when he repeatedly sold cocaine to undercover gardai during a sting operation, has narrowly escaped custody.

The youth had pleaded guilty earlier at the Dublin Children's Court to selling cocaine at three locations in Dublin last year.

The judge agreed to a "last chance" and remanded him on bail to appear again in March and sought an updated probation report.

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