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Assault charge man faces trial

A WEST Dublin man is facing trial by judge and jury on a charge of assault.

Martin Stokes (27) had the case against him adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

Stokes, with an address at Woodford Heights, Clondalkin, is charged with assault causing harm to a man, also called Martin Stokes, at Dunawley Grove, Clondalkin on May 31.

The court heard the DPP was directing trial on indictment, which means it will be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Stars rush for festive Strictly

The boss of BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing says stars are desperate to appear in the Christmas special after the success of the latest series.

The programme has pulled in more than one million viewers more than rival The X Factor on Saturday nights over the past few weeks.

Now Glenn Coomber, one of the show's two executive producers, says big names are keen to be attached for the annual seasonal edition.

18 die in petrol station attack

Gunmen riding on two motorcycles opened fire on a bus at a small petrol station in southwest Pakistan yesterday, igniting a massive blaze and leaving 18 dead.

All 16 people on the bus, including eight women and three children, were killed and the bodies badly burned. The vehicle had been parked next to fuel drums that ignited during the attack, starting a fire that engulfed the bus and killed two in a nearby car.

The attack took place in the town of Khuzdar in the province of Baluchistan.

Bash Streets Kids' honour

They may have been terribly badly behaved, but the Bash Street Kids could have a street named in their honour.

Dundee City Council is considering plans to create a Bash Street in the city's west end next year after a proposal by Beano publisher DC Thomson, which is based in the city.

The gang, who wreak havoc in Class 2B at Bash Street School, have appeared in the comic since 1954.