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Jailed trucker loses appeal

A DUTCH truck driver jailed for 10 years for the attempted importation of €5.6m worth of heroin has had an appeal against his conviction dismissed.

In April 2011, Jan Stuurman (43) was sentenced to 10 years, with three years and four months suspended, by Judge Tony Hunt for unlawfully aiding the importation of heroin at New Custom House, Dublin on December 16, 2008.

Stuurman, who lived at Curran Ard, Athy, Co Kildare, was originally charged with possession of the heroin for sale or supply but entered a guilty plea at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the aiding and abetting charge.


Mick Jagger has recalled how he was "over the moon" to hear his first single on the radio – Come On, a Chuck Berry cover – 50 years to the day after the track's release.

Speaking from Toronto during the Rolling Stones' latest tour, Jagger said he remembers the excitement of hearing the band's debut track on the radio for the first time. "I was told by Decca [Records] that the record would be played that weekend. I was very doubtful. But come the day I was glued to the radio at 10 o'clock and there it was."


Britain's Prince Philip faces two weeks in hospital after undergoing an exploratory operation on his abdomen today.

The queen's husband, who is 92 on Monday, was admitted yesterday following a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

The operation was a planned admission following investigations carried out over the past week, and sources emphasised that Prince Philip "is in very good health".


More than €950,000 was raised for charity as 60,000 fans packed Old Trafford to watch legends from Manchester United and Real Madrid go head to head, after a concert from pop stars Amelia Lily, Tinchy Stryder and JLS.

United's former 'Captain Marvel' Bryan Robson managed a team of former players including Edwin van der Sar, Ruud van Nistelrooy, and Jaap Stam.