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Teen in soccer riot walks free

A TEENAGER who was found guilty of breaching the peace during a mini-riot after a League of Ireland match at Tolka Park, Dublin, has been spared a conviction and custodial sentence.

The boy (17) had been found guilty at an earlier hearing at the Dublin Children's Court of threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour, following a match between Shelbourne and Dundalk FC on June 6, 2008.

Noting that the teenager had adhered to a plan of activities drawn up by the Probation Service, Judge Clare Leonard struck out the case, leaving the boy without a criminal conviction.

Actress Mischa in rent wrangle

Actress Mischa Barton is refusing to pay rent on her $7,000-a-month (f4,900) apartment in New York City, her landlord said.

MRA Realties said in a lawsuit that Barton (23) had rebuffed efforts to collect the last three months' worth of rent on her flat in the trendy Tribeca neighbourhood.

Representatives of The OC star were not available for comment.