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Friday 18 April 2014

In Brief: 'Cocaine treat' for Halloween kids

A MAN handed bags of cocaine to a police officer's children out trick-or-treating on Halloween night, thinking he had given them sweets, a court has heard.

Apprentice panel beater Donald Junior Green fished in his pockets for a bag of Haribo sweets to give to the youngsters but instead pulled out a plastic pack containing eight snap bags of cocaine he had bought for £200 (€248) that day, Oldham Magistrates' Court heard.

Footballer accused murder

THE captain of the Flamengo soccer team that won the Brazilian championship in 2009 is facing trial on charges he kidnapped an ex-girlfriend and had her killed.

Bruno Fernandes is accused of orchestrating the kidnapping of 25-year-old model Eliza Samudio. Prosecutors say Samudio was lured with a false promise that the player would assume the paternity of her baby. Investigators say Samudio was held captive in a ranch, killed, quartered and fed to dogs.

Blackout sparks fatal stampede

INDIAN police say at least 14 people have been killed in a stampede during a religious festival in the eastern state of Bihar.

The stampede began when a power outage sparked panic among crowds of Hindu devotees who were offering prayers on the banks of the Ganges River in Patna, the state capital yesterday.

Chaplin hat and cane sell for $62k

THE bowler hat and cane Charlie Chaplin used in 'Little Tramp' has sold for $62,500 (€48,500) at an auction in Los Angeles.

Other items included a hand-written letter from John Lennon with a nude drawing of him and Yoko Ono, which went for $25,000 (€35,000).

70 held over fake designer bags

MORE than 70 people have been arrested in China suspected of manufacturing and selling almost a million fake luxury bags.

Police seized more than 20,000 fake Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Coach bags and closed 37 sites where the forgery ring is claimed to have made or sold the goods.

Moss's cheeky tat 'worth millions'

KATE Moss has revealed she has original artwork by Lucian Freud tattooed on her bottom – which she joked could now be worth millions.

The supermodel posed nude for the painter – who died last year aged 88. Moss revealed Freud had told her he had learnt to draw tattoos using permanent ink and a scalpel in the Merchant Navy during World War Two.

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