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Drunk punched walls of hotel

A YOUNG man, who was punching the walls of a hotel and screaming, had to be physically restrained for his own safety, a court heard.

Fining John Connolly (23) €300, a judge said it was very sad that someone was so drunk he could not remember what he was doing.

Connolly, with an address at Drumcairn Green in Tallaght, admitted to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

Garda Cathy Padden said Connolly was screaming and repeatedly punching the outside walls of Plaza Hotel, Belgard Road, Tallaght.

Gda Padden said Connolly was very agitated, and had to be physically restrained by gardai.

Neighbours in 3.30am row

A SOUTH Dublin man who had a drunken row with his neighbour when he arrived home at around 3.30 in the morning has been fined €500.

Edward O'Connor (26) was told by gardai to go home a number of times, but he failed to do so.

O'Connor, with an address at Glenshane Drive in Tallaght, admitted to threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to follow garda directions.

The incident took place at Rossfield Park on December 21, 2008.

Blaze kills 12 trapped miners

TWELVE workers were killed in a fire in a coal mine in China after being trapped.

Officials said a short circuit in a cable caused the fire late yesterday afternoon.

At least 25 miners died in a similar accident on Tuesday and 108 miners were trapped and killed last November. Many of China's mine accidents are blamed on poor safety as mining companies scramble to feed the country's voracious demand for coal.

Stern pal hurt in suicide bid

radio DJ Howard Stern's sidekick, actor Artie Lange, stabbed himself nine times with a 13-inch kitchen knife in an apparent suicide attempt.

New Jersey police said Lange's mother had found him unconscious on the floor of his waterfront home.

Lange (42) underwent surgery for nine abdominal wounds before being released.