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Boy accused of ramming gardai

A YOUTH, who replied "f*** you" when he was charged over ramming two garda vehicles with a stolen car, has been remanded on bail by Judge Clare Leonard, at the Dublin Children's Court.

The boy (17) is charged with stealing a car, failing to stop for gardai, two counts of dangerous driving, and criminal damage to four vehicles, including two patrol cars, as well as driving without a licence or insurance on December 12 last.

Judge Leonard remanded the boy on bail to appear again next month when a jurisdiction decision is to be made as to whether or not his case will be sent to the Circuit Court.

Another mess for Eurostar

More than 700 passengers had to be rescued from a stranded train today as cross-channel firm Eurostar suffered its latest embarrassing service breakdown.

The Paris-to-London train ground to a halt just south of Kent, in the south east of England, around 10.45pm yesterday. Around 740 travellers on board had to wait for more than an hour before a replacement train arrived to take them on to St Pancras in London.

Day centre for cocaine youth

A 17-year-old boy caught with €600 worth of cocaine for sale or supply, has been spared a custodial sentence.

At the Children's Court, Judge Clare Leonard ordered the teen to take part range of activities, Monday to Friday, for six months, at a day centre for youths in west Dublin.

The judge said the boy was fortunate to be dealt with in this way and that she wanted it impressed on him that drugs were the cause of murders and serious crimes, and did "untold damage."

Search on for missing actor

Police in Canada have appealed for help in locating missing actor Andrew Koenig.

Koenig (41), the son of Walter Koenig who played Chekov on the Star Trek TV series and films, was last seen on February 14.

Police said Koenig, who played Boner in the 1980s sitcom Growing Pains, "has recently been despondent and his family and friends are concerned for his wellbeing".