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Community Games gear up

THE annual HSE Community Games festival kicks-off next week at Athlone IT and Athlone Regional Sports Centre.

The long-running national event will see more than 7,500 children from all over Ireland participating in 50 wide-ranging activities from table tennis to debating and athletics to rugby.

Dr Cate Hartigan of the HSE said: "We are delighted to support the Community Games in 2014 and to make it part of our Healthy Ireland programme, encouraging more children, families and communities to be active and to see the enormous benefits that this can bring."

Police kill attack dog with Taser

An aggressive dog has been shot and killed by police armed with a Taser after it attacked a man in the street.

Police were sent to Braunstone Town, Leicester, after reports of an animal attacking another dog and its owner.

Police said the injured man needed treatment for puncture wounds to his legs while his pet needed veterinary treatment. The dead dog is not believed to have been with its owner during the attack.

Burglar traced thanks to lager

A burglar in Wales was caught after his DNA was found on a can of lager he left at the crime scene.

Steven Craig Vonk (39) broke into a flat in Swansea, but the 39-year-old ended up disturbing the home owner and ran off empty-handed.

However, police found a can of Carling that did not belong to the victim, and tests later showed Vonk's full DNA profile. He was sentenced to 876 days in prison for burglary.

Murderers flee bombed prison

More than 100 prisoners fled from a prison in eastern Ukraine after it was hit by shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

A city council spokesman said a jail riot was precipitated by a direct rocket hit that killed at least one inmate. He said the fugitives included people jailed for murder, robbery and rape.

Ukrainian government forces have intensified their push on Donetsk over the past week and have succeeded in surrounding it.