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Judge orders teen's arrest

A JUDGE has ordered the arrest of a 15-year-old boy who was caught in a building site in Dublin during an attempt to steal scaffolding.

The teenager pleaded guilty in January at Dublin Children's Court to trespassing with intent to commit an offence at at a construction site at College Square, Terenure, on August 15 last.

Judge Ann Ryan had heard the boy, who has no prior criminal convictions, had been caught in a van with two other males. "A large amount of scaffolding which had come from the site, was in the rear of the van," the court had heard.

Judge Ann Ryan had remanded him on bail to appear again yesterday for sentencing. But he did not turn up.

Whistle blown on wardens

A man who was banned from using a megaphone to warn motorists about traffic wardens on patrol is now using whistles.

Andy Blackwell, a hairdresser in the Cornish town of Liskeard in England, was issued with a banning letter from Cornwall Council after his alerts were said to have been a threat to traffic wardens' "health and safety".

The 51-year-old has now been giving out whistles to local people and is asking them to blow them when a warden is spotted.

5 US troops die in 'copter crash

Officials say five American service members have been killed in helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan.

The NATO military coalition says the helicopter crashed yesterday in an area where there was no enemy activity. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

All five of the dead are American. The official says the helicopter went down outside Kandahar city, the capital of Kandahar province.

2,800 dead pigs dumped in river

A Chinese police crackdown on illegal pork sales has resulted in mass dumping of dead pigs in Shanghai's river, more than 2,800 carcasses have floated into the city.

The effort to keep infected pork off dinner tables may be fuelling new health fears, as Shanghai residents worry over contamination to the city's water supply, although authorities say no signs have been detected.