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Thursday 19 April 2018

Ireland rugby fan arrested in Rome after attempting to scale front of ancient church

Sant’Andrea della Valle (Photo: WikiCommons)
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A Irish rugby fan was arrested in Rome after he attempted to climb the front of an ancient church in the city.

The man, in his thirties, was celebrating Ireland's win over Italy in the Six Nations earlier in the day with an English friend.

The pair reportedly attempted to climb the front of the 16th century Sant'Andrea della Valle basilica in the town centre when they were spotted by police shortly after midnight, according to the Irish Sun.

The man could be jailed for up to six years if he is found guilty of damaging the monument.

The Sant'Andrea della Valle, which was completed in 1650 after sixty years of construction, is described as one of the great 16th century preaching churches in the city's historical centre.

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