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Drivers braced for garda blitz

Motorists in the south of the country have been hit by a 24-hour road safety blitz.

Gardai across Cork, Kerry and Limerick are targeting drivers speeding, taking drink or drugs, driving dangerously, using a mobile phone and not wearing seatbelts.

Some 186 people were killed on the roads last year, the lowest number since records began in 1959.

However, the figure rose in the southern region, from 39 in 2010 to 47. Chief Supt Aidan Reid said the aim of Operation Focus is to remind people that it does not pay to take chances on the roads.

Break-in at rap star's mansion

A JOBLESS man has been accused of breaking into Sean 'Diddy' Combs's New York mansion, where he apparently ate food, drank alcohol and wore the rap mogul's clothes.

Quamine Taylor (30), from Queens, New York, was arrested at the sprawling home in East Hampton, Long Island, on April 1.

The man is being held in Suffolk County Jail on trespassing and petty larceny charges. Police were alerted by the caretaker.

Writing on wall for graffiti louts

More than ¤2m will be handed over to councils this year to tackle graffiti and litter.

Some ¤900,000 has been earmarked for the the anti-litter and anti-graffiti scheme.

Another ¤750,000 will be given to councils for the litter battle, which funds measures such as mobile CCTV equipment to catch fly-tippers and illegal dumpers.

A further ¤500,000 will be made available season anti-litter grant scheme.

Burglar caught taking shower

A naked burglar has been arrested while taking a shower after he sipped champagne and ate a meal in a southern California family's home.

Michael Calvert (25) was arrested at gunpoint by deputies while he lathered up in the shower.

He had helped himself to a bottle of champagne and a meal and decided to take a shower in the Joshua Tree home near Los Angeles. The homeowners called police after returning home and hearing someone in the shower.