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Footballer had €5k of heroin

A MAN who was caught with over €5,000 worth of heroin that he was going to sell to four or five friends has been sentenced to three years.

David Campion (29) of Orchard Park, The Curragh, Newbridge, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs, worth €5,396 at Keating Park, Naas Road, Rathcoole, on June 3, 2008.

Campion, who had 30 previous convictions, had been a promising footballer and came from a decent hard- working family, the court heard.

He was sentenced to three years in prison, backdated to when he first went into custody on June 5, 2009. The balance was suspended on strict conditions.

Chain reaction over passport

A frustrated customer chained himself to a door inside Dublin's Passport Office until it was guaranteed that he would have travel documents to fly to his brother's wedding in Thailand.

Colin Gillick was among hundreds of holidaymakers who queued over fears that travel plans would be ruined by the public sector workers' dispute.

Armed with three coats, a flask of tea, radio, books, lamp -- and a bicycle chain -- Mr Gillick camped for more than 10 hours before being told his application had not even been checked.

Tigers shot in zoo escape

Three tigers escaped from their cage in a zoo on Gran Canaria after a mistake by a worker and had to be shot by police.

Cocodrilo Park said the man, who was cleaning outside the cage before opening time, mistakenly pushed a button which opened its door.

No-one was injured and there were no visitors in the zoo at the time.

Man (90) kills wife in bust-up

A 90-year-old man killed his 89-year-old wife in a domestic dispute at a retirement home in the US.

Police said Virginia Bunz was found dead at the Amberleigh Retirement Community.

Her husband, John, had self-inflicted wounds and has been charged with second-degree murder.