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Girl (6) injured in hit and run

A LITTLE girl suffered a serious leg injury after she was struck by a van which then drove away from the scene.

The incident happened at a pedestrian crossing on the inbound lane of the Malahide Road, at Darndale roundabout, at around 7.45pm yesterday. Dublin Fire Brigade dispatched a unit to the scene and the six-year-old girl was later taken to Temple Street Hospital with serious injuries, including a leg injury.

Gardai in Coolock have launched an investigation into the incident and have asked anyone with any information to get in touch with them.

Churchill art fetches €2.3m

A painting by Winston Churchill of the fishpond at his rural home has sold for just under £1.8m (€2.3m), almost double the previous record for his work.

The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell surpassed the £1m paid at auction in 2007 for another painting by Britain's World War II prime minister. The painting was a star lot at a Sotheby's sale of possessions of Churchill's daughter, Mary Soames, who died in May.

A red ministerial briefcase from Churchill's time in Cabinet sold for £158,500 (€200,000). Its pre-sale estimate had been £7,000.

Sentenced for chainsaw attack

A MAN who tried to set his neighbours' home on fire and tried to attack them with a chainsaw after they called him names has been given community service.

Luke Kelly (26), of Ballykeeran, Kilmacrennan, Co Donegal, appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with assault causing harm, and also causing criminal damage to the Lafferty family home on July 23, 2014.

Garda Siobhan Campbell said that Kelly poured petrol over the Lafferty home and chased members of the family with a chainsaw and a pitchfork.

Duran Duran to play pub gigs

Chart stars Bastille and eighties hitmakers Duran Duran are to play a series of pub gigs for charity. The acts have signed up to take part in a series of shows called Passport Back To The Bars, organised by War Child - which helps children in Syria, Iraq and Gaza - and O2.