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In Brief: Garda's €27k for nose break

A 32-year-old former garda, whose nose was broken by a man he had taken into custody, has been awarded €27,400 in the High Court.

Julian Shanagher told a Garda Compensation hearing that in May 2009, he had been patrolling with a colleague in Portlaoise when they came across a public order incident involving youths.

Mr Shanagher, of Kingston Lawn, Ballinteer, Dundrum, Dublin, said one youth who had been arrested and handcuffed was "very agitated".

As Garda Shanagher tried to calm the arrested man at the garda station, the youth butted him in the face.


Corrie's Ken appears in court

Veteran Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has made his first appearance in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.

Appearing at Preston Magistrates' Court, the 81-year-old confirmed his name, address and date of birth.

He was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, on May 1 and was later charged with two counts of rape against his alleged victim in 1967.

Roache was bailed for a preliminary hearing at Preston Crown Court on June 10.


Mother's Day gunmen hunt

Police identified a 19-year-old man as a suspect in the shooting of about 20 people during a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans.

Superintendent Ronal Serpas said that officers were looking for Akein Scott of New Orleans. He said it was too early to say whether he was the only shooter.

The victims were 10 men, seven women, a boy and a girl, and at least three of them were seriously wounded. Of the rest, many were grazed by the shots including the children, both 10.


Erin joins hunt for The Face

Model Erin O'Connor is to join Naomi Campbell as a mentor in new TV series The Face which aims to find a new top beauty.

Also added to the line-up of the Sky Living contest is Caroline Winberg.

The trio will each lead a team of four hopefuls competing against each other in an effort to find a new face to front a world-famous brand.