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Teen collected stolen phone

A young man picked up a fraudulently purchased mobile phone for a friend who bought it online in a scam using fake bank details, a court heard.

Bobby Kuti (19) was not involved in buying the phone, but signed for its delivery as a favour, and was prosecuted for handling stolen property.

Kuti, of French Park Boulevard, Tyrellstown, pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property at Tyrellstown Shopping Centre on August 1.

He had the case against him adjourned for a probation report at Blanchardstown District Court.

Tony Blair's father dies

FORMER UK prime minister Tony Blair's father Leo died yesterday. He was 89.

Leo Blair had once hoped to be a Conservative MP, an ambition he had to give up after a stroke.

"He was a remarkable man," Tony Blair said. "Raised in a poor part of Glasgow, he worked his way up from nothing, with great ambitions dashed by serious illness on the very brink of their fulfilment."

Lady Gaga fans rewarded

Fans of Lady Gaga turned out in all sorts of costumes outside the Buenos Aires stadium where she was preparing for a concert last night, and were rewarded with a brief appearance.

She greeted the crowd wearing jeans and a T-shirt and long red hair as she entered the stadium, nothing like the pop star image she projects on stage.

Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball tour is wrapping up its Latin America leg. She will perform next in Chile, Peru and Paraguay.

¤50k fine over Playboy show

A digital TV channel was fined £40,000 (¤50,000) yesterday for screening a back-to-back shows featuring nude Playboy models before the watershed during the Christmas holidays.

UK TV regulator Ofcom found E! Entertainment breached the broadcasting code by showing Girls Of The Playboy Mansion throughout December 27.

The episodes included material "unsuitable for pre-watershed broadcast" and were shown at a time when unaccompanied children could have been watching.