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IN BRIEF: Customs smash €5m oil scam

CUSTOMS officers have uncovered an oil-laundering plant in Co Cavan that could have cost the Exchequer €5m a year.

Officers and gardai made the discovery in a yard behind a house in Whitegate, Virginia.

It is understood the plant could launder 10 million litres of fuel a year.

Two vans, bleaching earth, a compressor, other equipment and laundered fuel were seized in the discovery.

One man was questioned and later released from custody.

Big Brother's coming back

Celebrity Big Brother is returning to Channel 5 in the UK for the second time this year.

The show, which was won earlier this year by Loose Women star Denise Welch, is expected to be aired again this summer along with a standard version of the show featuring members of the public.

The latest series, broadcast in January, saw Denise crowned the winner ahead of X Factor reject Frankie Cocozza.

Teen armed with fake gun

A youth who walked into a garda station pointing an imitation gun because he wanted to be "locked up", has been spared a custodial sentence

The 17-year-old, who had been experiencing family problems and was under the influence of drugs, had pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to possessing the imitation firearm and a carving fork at a north Dublin garda station in April last year.

Garda Michael Doherty said he shouted at the boy, who dropped the weapon.

Trayvon killing stalls movie

Twentieth Century Fox has pulled early promotional materials for its movie comedy Neighborhood Watch after the Trayvon Martin shooting case in Florida.

The film, set for release in July, stars Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn as suburban fathers who become neighbourhood watch volunteers and eventually battle aliens.

Last month, the unarmed, 17-year-old was shot dead by a neighbourhood watch captain.