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Father faces damage charge

A FATHER of four is alleged to have said to a garda "tell him to shove it up his a**e" after he was charged with damaging a garda patrol van.

John Casey (33) is alleged to have caused €300 worth of damage to a garda van.

The defendant, of St Aidan's Halting Site, Brookfield, Tallaght, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with damaging a garda van and to threatening and abusive behaviour.

The alleged incident took place near his home on April 2. Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter for four weeks so the accused can speak to his solicitor.

Warning over drowning risk

Parents have been warned to try to prevent a tragedy this summer as figures revealed that 46 children have drowned over the last 10 years.

Two guides -- 14 Steps to Safe Swimming and Stay Safe On Your Holidays -- were launched to mark National Water Safety Awareness Week.

Roger Sweeney, of Irish Water Safety (IWS) said: "Ireland is blessed with some of the most beautiful swimming locations in the world and this will help people enjoy these waterways safely."

Scientology critic jailed

A member of an underground group of Church of Scientology critics has been sentenced to a year in prison for his role in a cyber attack on Scientology's websites two years ago.

Brian Thomas Mettenbrink, of Nebraska, was also ordered Monday to pay $20,000 (€16,260) in restitution and serve a year on supervised release after he gets out of prison.

US District Judge Gary Feess says the cyber attack had "a sense of hate crime".

Crash crew met by angry bees

Rescue crews brought out hoses to douse an angry swarm of 17 million bees after a fatal US crash that involved a trailer carrying the insects.

One person died in the Minneapolis crash and another airlifted to hospital. It's unclear how many bees got loose, but several emergency workers were stung in the rescue.