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Gardai hailed for blaze rescue

THREE gardai have been hailed as heroes after they rescued an man from his burning apartment.

Garda Ronan Kelliher, Aoife O'Connell and Frank Stafford gained entry to the apartment in College Cross in Listowel, Co Kerry, by breaking the glass on the front door.

The man (61), who was sleeping at the time, was unharmed.

A member of the public had alerted gardai after she noticed smoke coming from the building at approximately 1.55 on Thursday.

It is thought the blaze was caused by an unattended saucepan that had caught fire on a cooker.

Gang jailed for
€20m scams

A gang of Romanian fraudsters have been jailed for between 21 and 64 months for stealing an estimated €19.98m worth of bank card details from more than 60,000 people in the UK and abroad.

Three men and a woman appeared at the Old Bailey for sentencing after pleading guilty to a string of fraud offences.

The criminal operation was smashed in December last year when police seized an array of gadgets including cards traps, cloned cards and spy cameras in raids.

Small airports are 'less hassle'

Air travellers should head for the smaller airports to avoid holiday hassles, according to a Which? survey.

While some of the UK's biggest airports scored customer satisfaction ratings of under 50pc in the survey, the smaller ones had scores of between 78pc and 85pc.

The survey showed that of the small airports, Southend in Essex and Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield topped the satisfaction table, each with a score of 85pc.

A costly read for 'Chubby'

comedian Roy Chubby Brown (69) was left 
red-faced after he was caught reading a newspaper while driving down a major road.

The comic, real name Royston Vasey, was filmed by a speed camera, reading while tailing a lorry in his white Lexus.

He was fined €37.50 and received four penalty points on his licence.