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€76k payout for injured soldier

THE High Court has awarded €76,900 to an Army Sergeant who suffered eye injuries after a tyre on an armoured personnel vehicle exploded.

Quartermaster Sgt Martin Bolger (44), of Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, said he was on UN duty in Monrovia, Liberia in July 2006 when the tyre of a MOWAG Armoured personnel carrier exploded.

His face was just inches away from the tyre at the time as he was examining it.

Sgt Bolger said he suffered significant injuries to his eyes and injuries to his hearing.

Liability was admitted and yesterday, President of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns awarded Sgt Bolger €76,900 plus costs.

'Rudest shop' to close down

A STORE described as 'Britain's rudest shop' is to shut after 170 years of trading -- and reopen as a pub.

Palfrey and Kemp Fords in Hampshire, has become infamous for its abrasive owners Terry Palfrey and Geoff Kemp, who regularly throw customers out or verbally abuse them.

Invisible art in gallery show

AN ART gallery is pushing the boundaries with an exhibition which cannot be seen.

London's Hayward Gallery will gather 50 "invisible" works by leading figures such as Andy Warhol, Yves Klein and Yoko Ono.

Tickets will be £8 (¤9.90).