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Monday 11 December 2017

Tragic Sarah wins film award

A camera assistant who died in an accident while filming has been awarded this year's Maureen O'Hara Award at the Kerry Film Festival.

Sarah Jones (27) received the award posthumously in recognition of the changes her death has brought about in health and safety regulations in the film industry.

She was killed during the filming of Midnight Rider in Georgia last February when she was hit by a passing train. Seven other crew members were injured.

Pistorius faces sentencing

Oscar Pistorius faces sentencing this week in a South African court after being convicted of culpable homicide for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The sentencing of the double-amputee athlete is expected to involve several days of legal argument and testimony during which Judge Thokozile Masipa will assess what kind of penalty Pistorius deserves.

The punishment is at the judge's discretion and can range from a suspended sentence and a fine to as much as 15 years in prison.

Theft attempt on comic statue

A man has been arrested after an attempt was made to steal a bronze statue of comedian Eric Morecambe.

Police were called to Marine Road Central in Morecambe at about noon yesterday following reports that the statue had been damaged.

Officers said it is thought someone tried to cut through one of the legs. The council has now removed the statue and the area has been fenced off.

I haven't been assassinated

Hackers invaded the Twitter account of Bolivia's state TV on the eve of elections and issued a bogus tweet saying President Evo Morales had been wounded in an assassination attempt.

Mr Morales responded by appearing at a news conference in the Chapare region, where he was playing football with fellow coca-grower union leaders. He blamed the hoax on political opponents, and said: "I'm not dead."

Bolivia's first indigenous president is expected to easily win a third term.

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