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Man remanded in threats case

A 35-year-old Roscommon man accused of threatening to kill or harm a prison officer has been refused bail.

Ciaran McLoughlin, from St Patrick Street, Castlerea, was remanded in custody when he appeared before Harristown District Court.

McLoughlin is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm at Castlerea Prison on January 6 this year.

Inspector Ollie Baker objected to bail on a number of grounds, including that the threat was made to a prison officer, that he was a flight risk and that he could interfere with witnesses.

Judge Geoffrey Browne said that the charge was too serious and he remanded McLoughlin in custody to appear before Ballaghderreen District Court next Friday

Bomb left near ATM kills 11

A bomb blast at a Nigerian bank ATM killed at least 11 in the town of Azare in the northern state of Bauchi.

The explosion also seriously injured 24 others, a spokesman for the Federal Medical Centre hospital, where the wounded were taken to, said. The bombing is the latest to hit the town after at least five people were killed in a blast at a bus-station two weeks ago.

Teen had €3k of illegal drugs

A TEENAGER who admitted being in possession of €3,000 worth of different drugs when he was stopped by gardai has been remanded on continuing bail for a Probation & Welfare report and to complete further voluntary work over the Christmas period.

Sean McAuley (19) of Downside Park in Skerries pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to being in unlawful possession of Ketamine, MDMA and cannabis at North Beach in Skerries on January 29.

Arlene to host charity night

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips is to front a BBC Lifeline appeal on behalf of Alzheimer's Research UK.

The choreographer was keen to support the charity after caring for her father, who had Alzheimer's disease.

She will be joined on screen by other families who have been affected by dementia.