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Fresh ordeal for 338 drivers

A JUDGE who struck out illegal parking and road traffic summonses against 338 motorists will have to reconsider the cases, the High Court has ordered.

Last December at Galway District Court, Judge Alan Mitchell ruled the 338 summonses brought by Galway City Council were defective.

They were not valid, he said, because they did not refer to Section 3 of the 1975 Traffic Wardens Act, which deals with the issue of fixed charge notices issued by traffic wardens.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Eamon de Valera granted an application made by Stephen Dodd, on behalf of the city council, to quash Judge Mitchell's decision.



A consignment of smuggled drugs in banana boxes ended up at a Danish supermarket instead of on the streets.

Staff at the Co-op chain got a big surprise when they opened crates from Colombia and found about 220lbs of cocaine.

The powder was discovered in Aarhus, western Denmark, when workers noticed that some of the boxes were heavier than others. Police are investigating but have not made any arrests.



A wildfire has forced the evacuation of more than 900 prisoners at a Colorado state prison.

The prisoners from the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility were taken to other prisons overnight.

The prisoners were evacuated by bus, including 24 from an infirmary who were taken to a Denver facility to protect them from smoke.



Chart star Paloma Faith was among artists who performed outside London's Tate Modern gallery yesterday as they campaigned to fight world poverty.

Faith was lending her support to agit8, which is focusing attention on the need to tackle poverty ahead of next week's G8 summit.

The efforts have been backed by Bono's One Campaign.