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Possession teen given a chance

A TEENAGER who claimed he was "off his head" when caught with €6,000 worth of property taken during a burglary has been spared a custodial sentence.

Michael Casey (18), of St Aidan's Close, Brookfield, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Children's Court to having the stolen crystal, jewellery, clothes and money at Clarehall Avenue, Dublin 13, on January 13 last year.

Defence counsel Damian McKeone said the youth had done all he was supposed to do under a restorative justice programme, and Judge John O'Connor applied the Probation Act.

Disney hikes its US park tickets

Disney has raised ticket prices to attend Disneyland, Walt Disney World and its other US parks.

A one-day ticket for Disneyland or California Adventure in Anaheim now costs $99 (€87) for anyone aged 10 or older, up from $96. Tickets for the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida are now $105 (€92.50), up from $99.

For children under 10, a day ticket is $93 (€82) for Disneyland, $99 for the Magic Kingdom and $91 (€80) for the other parks.

Man swept into sea during gale

A man died after being swept into the sea in Yorkshire in gale force winds.

The man, in his 30s, was walking with his dog and a friend when they were washed into the water at South Shore, Scarborough. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said weather conditions were poor with rough seas, gale-force winds and a high tide.

The man's friend was treated for the effects of the cold and shock.

Windscreen on plane cracks

THE pilots of a transatlantic passenger plane had to declare an emergency and divert to London after its windscreen cracked.

The incident happened after the American Airlines Boeing 767-300 left Zurich bound for New York yesterday morning.

A spokesman for American said the passengers would be flown on to New York later. It was not known why the windscreen cracked, but a common cause is a bird strike.