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Accused 'ran from gardai' Beckham visits Afghan troops Pie-throwers go face to face Rare stamp set for record price

A DUBLIN man who started to run when he saw the gardai even though they were on routine patrol was allegedly found with a knife and a screwdriver after he was stopped and searched.

Alan Whelan (36) allegedly had a disposable craft knife and a yellow screwdriver.

The accused, of Deerpark Road, Kiltipper, appeared before Tallaght District Court and Judge James McDonnell charged with possession of two knives. The alleged incident took place at Firhouse Road West, Firhouse on April 24 last.

The matter was adjourned for four weeks so the accused can speak to his solicitor.

Beckham visits Afghan troops

David Beckham spoke of his admiration for British troops in Afghanistan as he flew out on a surprise visit to the country.

The footballer left RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire yesterday to travel to Helmand Province, where about 9,000 British troops are stationed.

He said: "I've wanted to visit Afghanistan for a long time, and I hope that in some small way it helps remind everyone at home what an amazing job they are doing out here. I feel very humble."

Pie-throwers go face to face

Competitors were gearing up to compete in the World Custard Pie Throwing Championships today.

Competitors working in teams are awarded points for hitting their rivals, with the maximum of six points being given for getting them squarely in the face. Judges can also award up to five points for the most original and amusing throwing techniques.

The championships have been taking place in south-east England since 1967.

Rare stamp set for record price

One of the world's rarest stamps is going up for auction this weekend and could fetch a record-breaking price.

The Swedish Treskilling Yellow is believed to be the only surviving misprint of an 1855 three-shilling stamp, which was supposed to be green.

It has fabled status among collectors and is considered one of the world's most valuable objects pound for pound.