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In brief: Boy (16) on knife charges

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has picked up knife and cannabis possession charges while awaiting sentence for attacking a detective when gardai raided his home and restrained his father.

The teenager had pleaded guilty in September to assault causing harm to Detective Garda Aidan Shaughnessy, when a stand-off at the boy's south Dublin home turned violent on a date last March.

Judge Ann Ryan at Dublin Children's Court heard that the boy also had new charges for possessing a knife and a quantity of cannabis.

Judge Ryan adjourned sentencing and the case will resume on December 17 next.

Stampede kills 17 at festival

A POWER cut panicked crowds offering prayers on the Ganges River during a religious festival, sparking a stampede that killed nine children and eight other people in eastern India.

Hundreds of Hindu worshippers had gathered along the riverbank in Patna in Bihar state, to pray to the sun god during the Chhath festival, police said.

People who had filled a makeshift bamboo walkway leading into the Ganges trampled one another as they fought to get to shore.

Cocaine treat man avoids jail

THREE primary school children in one English city reaped more than the usual harvest of sweets and chocolates on Halloween when they emptied their trick-or-treat goody bags and found several bags of cocaine.

The man who had mistakenly handed out his cocaine stash to the children instead of candy in Oldham, Manchester, was given a community service sentence in court.

Gray in trouble for on-air gaffe

FOOTBALL pundit Andy Gray breached broadcasting rules by swearing live on air, according to communications watchdog Ofcom.

Listeners to Talksport complained about the former Scotland striker after a conversation with his co-host Richard Keys in which Grays responded to a question by saying "f****** hell".

Ofcom ruled the language "had the clear potential to cause offence" and breached broadcasting rules.