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Sex attacker is held in custody

A 47-year-old man is to be sentenced at the Central Criminal Court for a series of sexual assaults at a house.

The man, who can not be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty after a jury had been sworn in for his trial, to seven counts of sexual assault against a female at the house on dates between June 2005 and April 2009.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy heard that the pleas were acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The judge remanded the man in custody until sentencing on April 11 next and registered him as a sex offender.

Redford's new movie festival

Hollywood legend Robert Redford is launching a four-day festival in London based on the Sundance Film Festival which he runs in the US.

The Oscar winner said Sundance London, which will include film screenings and live music would "bring a particular slice of American culture to life" in the English capital.

The festival will be at the O2 in Greenwich, in the southeast of the city.