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Strictly star on driving charge

Strictly Come Dancing star Ricky Whittle appears in court today charged with dangerous driving.

The 29-year-old actor, who finished runner-up in the BBC dancing show last month, was arrested at the end of November after he allegedly struck a photographer with his car.

At the time of the alleged incident with the photographer, Whittle, from Wigan, was taking a break from Strictly training and returned to Liverpool, where Hollyoaks is filmed.

INLA member faces sentence

A Dublin man pleaded guilty to INLA membership at the Special Criminal Court yesterday.

Gareth Byrne (27) of Park Crescent, Kimmage, Dublin 12, admitted membership of an illegal organisation, namely the INLA, on September 9, 2008.

The non-jury court remanded Byrne on bail for sentencing next month.