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€12,000 recovered from cash van raid

Gardai have recovered a haul of more than €12,000, which they believe was stolen in a cash-in-transit raid in Dublin last weekend. Officers investigating the armed hold-up of a security van at the Orwell shopping centre in Templeogue last Saturday made the find yesterday.

Detectives raided two houses in south Dublin and seized the cash. Two men were arrested. The suspects can be held without charge for up to seven days. Gardai are continuing a search for a third man, who is suspected of driving a getaway car.

Spain investigates Aer Lingus scare

A SPANISH investigation has been launched into an incident involving an Aer Lingus flight which had to declare a fuel emergency after it was unable to land twice at one airport and was refused permission at another.

Spanish authorities are probing the March 14 incident which involved an Aer Lingus Airbus A320 jet, which was carrying 56 passengers and 6 crew.

Man faked own death to mother

A MAN who tried to defraud his mother out of money by pretending he was dead, avoided jail yesterday.

Wai Hung Lo (38) admitted writing a letter last November to his mother, using another man's name. The letter claimed that her son was dead and that he needed £1,000 (€1,211) to pay for funeral expenses. Lo, of Northland Road, Derry, appeared at the Magistrate's Court in Derry yesterday. He was given a four-month jail sentence, which was suspended for two years.

30,000 get tickets for rugby semis

MORE than 30,000 rugby fans have snapped up tickets for the Heineken Cup semi-final matches in Dublin and Bordeaux later this month.

Leinster expects some 5,000 fans to travel to France on April 29 where their team take on Clermont Auvergne, while Ulster fans have snapped up at least 12,000 tickets for the Aviva Stadium where their side take on Edinburgh the previous day.

Councils get €2m to clean up streets

MORE than €2m will be handed over to local councils this year to tackle graffiti and litter.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan said the public money would be used in a number of ways, including awareness-raising campaigns. "These supports will help local authorities tackle the problem of litter through awareness raising, enforcement and the maintenance of key tourist areas," he said.

Irish Independent