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Sunday 31 August 2014

Car-jackers force pizza delivery man from car in attack on Dublin Northside

Published 01/06/2014 | 02:30

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Gardai are investing the seventh car-jacking in the Dublin and Wicklow areas in a just over a month.

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Two people were arrested after a pizza delivery man was forced from his car in Ballymun in the early hours of Saturday morning. The 50-year-old victim was approached by a number of people as he attempted to make a delivery and was removed from the car by a man, who then drove away with a female accomplice. The car was driven to Finglas, where it was abandoned.

A 24-year-old man and 30-year-old woman appeared in court yesterday afternoon charged in connection with the incident. The driver of the car was not injured.

PUNTER WINS €1M TWO WEEKS IN A ROW

A Dublin gambler who became an instant millionaire last Saturday – by picking six winners on the Ladbroke's Scoop6 pool bet – won another million yesterday.

The punter was one of eight people who shared a €13.1m win last week. But that record-breaking win entitled them to compete again yesterday for a bonus – if they could find the winner of yesterday's toughest race.

Seven of the eight winners, including the Dubliner, decided to pool their chances so they had seven horses running in the 19-horse Betbright Trophy handicap at York. It meant if one of the selections won they would then divide the €6.7m bonus. One of their picks, the 12-1 Top Boy, won a race of high drama in the dying strides.

GARDAI SEEK DRIVER IN HIT-AND-RUN DEATH

GARDAI are hunting for a hit-and-run driver after a 40-year-old woman was fatally struck by a car at 10.30pm on Friday as the woman crossed the road at the Goldenbridge Luas stop in Inchicore, Dublin.

She was hit by a dark-coloured car, possibly an 08 or 09 Ford Focus, which failed to stop, and drove toward the Naas Road. The car may have visible damage at the front and to the windscreen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sundrive Road Garda Station on 01 666 6600.

NO WINNER OF €11.5M LOTTO JACKPOT

THERE was no winner of last night's €11,444,582 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 2, 3, 6, 20, 27, 32 (bonus 33). Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 6, 9, 12, 18, 28, 43 (bonus 24) and Plus 2 numbers were 17, 23, 29, 30, 33, 40 (bonus 18).

MAN FIGHTS FOR LIFE AFTER KNIFE ATTACK

A 73-year-old man was battling for his life yesterday after a vicious assault. The man, named locally as Pat McLoughlin, was stabbed at 9.30pm on Friday at his home in Carndonagh, Co Donegal, where he lives alone.

A 33-year-old man covered in blood was picked up near the scene by Gardai, who have appealed for witnesses.

MORE CABIN CREW STRIKES IF TALKS FAIL

A SUMMER of strikes at Aer Lingus may be in the offing as the union representing Aer Lingus cabin crew said members will stage further work stoppages over the next two weeks if talks to resolve the dispute fail this week.

"Our preference is that this gets settled on Wednesday," said IMPACT official Michael Landers, "but if it doesn't we will be announcing dates for a further day, or days of action quite swiftly, possibly on Thursday morning."

The 24-hour strike, which ended at midnight on Friday, is said to have cost Aer Lingus up to €10m.

IRISHMAN TEACHING IN THAILAND DIES

AN Irishman who had been teaching in Thailand died after a motorbike accident on the island of Phuket.

Denis Bates, 30, from Dublin had been teaching at the Baan Maireab School in Phuket. Late on Friday, he was rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital with severe head injuries but he passed away yesterday.

YOUTHS IN MASSIVE BRAWL AT HARBOUR

A GARDAI were called in to break up a massive brawl involving up to 100 youths that erupted on the seafront in Howth, Co Dublin, yesterday evening.

There was a large Garda presence as "large groups of youths" confronted each other near Howth Harbour. One user tweeted: "Just saw a kid steal a phone from 100 other kids in Howth. They caught him. It did not end well."

SOUND OF LEATHER ON ASH ECHOES AGAIN

THE unmistakable sound of leather on ash will echo through the narrow 11th century streets of Carrick-on Suir tomorrow at the second annual GAA Urban Poc Fada.

As part of the town's Clancy Brothers Festival the event, a 21st century take on the ancient game, will see inter-county hurlers from the southeast test their talents against local club hurlers. The intricate one-mile course through the centre of the town starts at the 13th century Ormond Castle at 1pm. It then makes its way through the streets, finishing by the River Suir, near Maurice Davin Memorial Grounds. More info at www.ClancyBrothersFestival.org

CANNABIS PLANTS SEIZED BY GARDAI

GARDAI in Co Leitrim yesterday seized cannabis plants with a street value of up to €300,000. A 43-year-old man was arrested after a Garda Drugs Unit search of a house in Carrigallen. The man was arrested at the scene and is currently detained at Carrick–On-Shannon Garda Station..

MAN ASSAULTED WITH KNIFE IN SLIGO

Gardai in Sligo are investigating a serious assault in Sligo. A 34-year-old male was discovered with serious stab wounds on Rockwood Parade just after 10am yesterday.

He was removed to Sligo Hospital where his condition is described as "critical". He was later airlifted to UCHG.

WAVE OF OBJECTIONS TO GARTH'S GIGS

Dublin City Council has received 375 submissions, mostly objections, against a licence for five sell-out Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park this summer.

The submissions come from people living near Croke Park. Nearly 400,000 tickets worth €26m have been sold.

INJURED STAG SHOT AFTER PARK ESCAPE

AN injured Phoenix Park stag was shot by a park ranger after it escaped and turned up at a fire brigade garage.

Firefighters from Phibsboro responded to a call saying the animal had tried to jump the park railings and had become impaled. It ran off, but was later found wandering in a distressed condition 1.5km away. Wildlife officials judged the animal had to be destroyed and it was shot.

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS AMID LUAS WORKS

Drivers face three months of restrictions at Dublin's College Green from this week to allow for Luas cross-city works. Only one lane will be available to both cars and buses travelling north to Westmoreland Street in front of the Bank of Ireland on College Green from Tuesday.

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