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'Craggy Island' gets its water

Prayers of thanks were last night offered on Fr Ted's 'Craggy Island' after an emergency supply of water was shipped from the mainland.

Inis Oirr, the smallest of the three Aran Islands off Co Galway, has suffered serious water shortages.

Thousands of tourists visit the islands each summer, with many heading to Inis Oirr, which stood in as Craggy Island in the hit Channel 4 comedy series.

The island's year-round population of around 300 can multiply many times in summer, and the lack of water was a major concern.

Knife bandits steal boy's cola

A 14-year-old boy was left shaken after thieves threatened him at knife-point in the street - for his bottle of Coke.

West Midlands Police said a male teenager has already been arrested, but officers still want to speak to another in connection with the incident in Solihull.

Police said the victim was approached by two youths who demanded his half-drunk mineral. He initially refused but was then threatened with a knife and handed it over.

Tom Jones tops as pint partner

Tom Jones has topped a poll of pop and rock stars people would most like to have a pint with.

A survey of almost 700 adults showed Jones (74) would be the most popular drinking companion at next week's Great British Beer Festival in London.

The Welshman beat Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow and Annie Lennox. Other singers in the top 10 included Adele, Jessie J and Lily Allen.

Guns hidden under gnomes

A machine gun, a revolver and gun parts were found hidden beneath plaster gnomes in a suburban back garden.

The weapons were wrapped in plastic and concealed under a paving slab surrounded by pot plants and the gnomes at an address in south east London.

Police found the stash - a MAC-10 machine gun and magazine, a Smith and Wesson .44 revolver and the barrel and cylinder for a Smith and Wesson .44 - during a raid.


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