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Teen ran down street with gun

A TEENAGER who was carrying what appeared to be an assault rifle ran down a street and into a house after he saw the gardai, a court heard.

Gardai were called to Cabra by locals who reported that they had seen a young man going down the street carrying a gun.

The 16-year-old had bought the rifle, which was an imitation pellet gun, for his birthday and did not realise it was an illegal weapon.

He admitted before a sitting of the children's court at Blanchardstown District Court to possession of an illegal weapon. A judge ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to November.

Thief snatched chocs in cafe

A JUDGE has ordered a probation report on a serial thief who shoplifted boxes of chocolates from a city centre cafe.

Vivienne Brogan (38) was watched by a plainclothes garda as she snatched the chocolates from Butler's Cafe on Liffey Street.

Brogan, of Flynn's B&B, Gardiner Street, admitted stealing two boxes of Butler's chocolates on November 30 last year.

She had 38 previous convictions, including five for theft. Judge Staines adjourned the case to October 21.

Dad caught with hatchet

A FATHER-of-four who had a hatchet in the front of his car told gardai he "had it for mechanical work", a court heard.

James Dundon (29) apologised for having the hatchet but said he lives on an unofficial halting site and his belongings often end up in his car.

Judge Ann Ryan ordered him to complete 100 hours' community service in lieu of three months in prison.

Dundon, of Pigeon House Road, Ringsend, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to possessing a dangerous weapon in Dun Laoghaire on February 13.

He also admitted to handling a stolen handbag on March 28. The bag contained a purse worth €50 as well as credit cards and coins.