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State care for troubled teen

Accommodation has been sourced for a troubled teen due to be released from a secure placement in Scotland today, the High Court has heard.

On Tuesday at the High Court, Ms Justice Iseult O Malley was informed that the 17-year-old teenage boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, that the Child and Family Agency had been unable to find suitable accommodation for him.

The situation was described as "unacceptable" by lawyers representing the teen's family because the date of teen's release from the secure facility had been known for some time.

Yesterday, when the matter returned before the Judge barrister for the CFA, Tim O'Leary SC said a flat had been secured for the teen, and that he will be provided with support services for 70 hours per week.

Jiff is the fastest dog on two legs

Jiff the Pomeranian has proved he is the fastest dog on two legs. The four-year-old dog blazed into the 60th edition of the Guinness World Records book. He can run 10 metres (9.1 yards) on his hind legs in 6.56 seconds and five metres (4.55 yards) on his front paws in 7.76 seconds. Both times are faster than any other dog on the planet has clocked.

Police arrest jihadi recruiters

Dutch police say they have arrested two men suspected of recruiting people to fight in Syria and Iraq, the latest arrests in a long-running investigation into home-grown jihadis heading to the Middle East. Police said one man was arrested yesterday in Germany and another a day earlier in The Hague.

'Hard-up' Fred escapes ban

Millionaire cricketer Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff has escaped a driving ban for speeding in his Bentley after arguing "exceptional hardship" to magistrates.

Flintoff (36) was already on nine points for speeding admitting being behind the wheel when flashed by a camera doing 87mph.

JPs accepted a ban would amount to exceptional hardship on others who rely on his charity work and on the privacy of his three children.


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