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Inmate gets extended term

A MAN who was a "ringleader" in a violent incident in Mountjoy Prison has been given a two year sentence consecutive to his current four year term.

Stephen Whelan (29) of Castle Road, Blackrock, Cork pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to violent disorder at the prison on December 27, 2009.

He is currently serving a four year sentence for robbery imposed earlier this year and at the time of the incident he was serving a three year sentence for a drugs offence.

Judge Patrick McCartan imposed the sentence consecutive to his current term.



Stolen car suspect held

A DUBLIN youth arrested for stealing a car after he allegedly burgled its owner's house has been remanded in custody.

The 17-year-old was charged with burglary of a house at Ardara Avenue, Donaghmede, north Dublin and was charged with the theft of a car from the same location, on Wednesday.

Judge William Early heard gardai objected to bail due to the seriousness of the charges.



Olympic bike strike is off

A PLANNED strike by workers on London's bike hire scheme in a row over an Olympic bonus has been suspended.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union were due to take action today, ahead of the official Olympic opening ceremony, but general secretary Bob Crow said that they had received an improved pay offer.

Meanwhile, a separate strike by Transport for London customer service staff, also over an Olympic bonus, has been put back a week.



Students in wallaby prank

A STUDENT prank is believed to be behind an unusual police request for help.

Officers in Gloucestershire this week asked motorists to beware of a wallaby, after one was seen near the A40 in Highnam.

However, Luke Rake, vice principal at Hartpury College in Gloucester, which has three wallabies, admitted some of its pupils were thought to be responsible after a summer ball in June.