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In brief: Boy accused of burglaries

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has been remanded on bail for six weeks to decide how he will plead to a spate of burglary charges.

The boy has been accused of stealing two laptops worth €1,700 and €150 in cash during a burglary at Church Park Drive, Harold's Cross, Dublin, on October 10 last year.

He was also charged at the Children's Court with handling a stolen laptop and trespassing with intent to commit an offence at Church Park Avenue, in Dublin 6, on October 14, 2011.

It is also alleged that on another date he stole €30, $150, an Xbox console, a video game and two mobile phones, during a burglary in Crumlin.

Guard against wrist fractures

A surgeon has developed a shock-absorbing glove that helps prevent wrist fractures that occur when people fall over.

Orthopaedic surgeon Grey Giddins has adapted a pair of gloves by incorporating a plastic disc with foam padding.

The guard -- which absorbs shock at the heel of the hand to minimise reverberations in the forearm, which is where a break normally occurs -- was made for osteoporosis sufferers.

Rat found in op theatre

A rat caused about 40 operations to be cancelled at a UK hospital after it was found in an operating theatre.

Pest controllers were called into King's Mill Hospital in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, after the rodent was found.

A hospital spokeswoman said they took immediate action after the rat was discovered in a decommissioned operating theatre on Monday last week.

Spacey plays Elton John

Kevin Spacey will take Elton John's place and co-host his annual charity bash after the singer stepped in to perform a series of Australian tour dates originally planned by George Michael.

The actor will join Elton's partner David Furnish at his Winter Ball.

Around 600 guests are expected for the event at Battersea Power Station on Saturday, which will raise money for the Elton John Aids Foundation and feature performances by Emeli Sande and Labrinth.