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Next of kin sought for deceased

GARDAI last night appealed for help in tracing the next of kin of an elderly woman who died three weeks ago.

Rita Keppell (78), of Church Road, East Wall, Dublin, was pronounced dead at the Mater Hospital on January 7 after a short illness. She has not yet been buried. Information should be given to the gardai at Store Street station on 01-6668000.

Publican cleared of drink tampering

A PUBLICAN has had a conviction for selling watered-down vodka overturned at Kilkenny Circuit Court after it emerged two further samples taken at the time showed the correct level of alcohol.

Charlie Malzard, who runs the only pub in Stoneyford village, Co Kilkenny, successfully appealed the prosecution taken by the National Consumer Agency in October 2008. The judge awarded Mr Malzard costs and also ordered that the NCA's "name and shame" website be rectified to reflect his successful appeal.

Teen saved after fall into river

A TEENAGER who fell into a river last night was saved after passers-by tossed him a lifebuoy.

The 17-year-old boy was spotted falling off De Lacey Bridge, a pedestrian bridge over the River Boyne in Drogheda, Co Louth. The local coast guard and Drogheda River Rescue were alerted, but a number of people succeeded in tossing a lifebuoy to the teen, who held on to it until rescue personnel brought him to safety.

SVP collects toys worth €250,000

MORE than €250,000 worth of toys were given to the St Vincent de Paul for underprivileged children following a radio appeal spearheaded by Ryan Tubridy and 2fm's 'Toys for Tubs'.

"We are grateful that in the vast majority of cases the toys donated were of a very good quality, which was important in ensuring that Santa was able to treat all children equally," Mairead Bushnell from the SVP said.

Award of €17,000 for faulty car

A COMPANY that leased a high-end Mercedes has won more than €17,000 in the Civil Circuit Court after the engine seized up.

The €73,000 Mercedes E200 was leased by Oracle Emea from Tom Canavan Motors, East Wall Road, Dublin. However, when an alarm in the car kept telling the driver to top up the coolant the car was returned to the firm, which failed to reveal an interior leak in the engine.

Irish Independent