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In Brief: Intruder caught by missing shoe

AN intruder at an elderly man's home fled the scene but was caught with the help of the garda helicopter and a missing shoe that he left behind, a court heard.

Gheorge Bilt (25) lost the shoe when it got tangled on barbed wire at the house as he scaled a wall. The accused was later found hiding in bushes and wearing the other identical shoe. He was given a four-month suspended sentence at Dublin District Court after he admitted trespassing at the 74-year-old man's south Dublin home.

Bilt, with an address at South Circular Road, pleaded guilty to the offence at Wilton Park, Dublin 4 on April 23 last.



A 40-year-old American has been rescued after attempting to sail from Dorset to Ireland in a 6ft inflatable dinghy, Coastguards said.

The man had two paddles with him – but one was being used as a mast with a plastic sheet as a sail, and the other was acting as the rudder.

On board the blow-up dinghy the man had a limited amount of food and drink for the journey.



Nokia has reported a fall in revenue but record sales of its flagship smartphone as it fights to reclaim ground lost to rivals Apple and Samsung.

The Finnish firm sold 7.4 million Lumia devices in the second quarter of this year following the launch of a string of new models. But total mobile phone sales declined to 61 million from 84 million during the previous year.

Experts said the latest results were still positive but suggested the firm has some way to go before it can pose a threat to the two dominant tech giants.



Super-fast hand dryers have the same effect on the ear as a road drill at close range, research suggests.

Researchers from Goldsmiths, University of London, said high speed dryers can cause discomfort to elderly dementia sufferers, affect the navigation of visually impaired people and even force hearing aid users to turn their devices off when entering public toilets.