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Trainee broke car park barrier

AN apprentice plumber who damaged an entrance barrier to a car park claimed he was so drunk that he doesn't remember the incident.

Sean Roddy (26), of Ardmore Court in Tallaght, caused €250 damage to the entrance barrier to The Square shopping centre in Tallaght on March 22, 2011.

At Tallaght District Court, Judge James McDonnell ordered Roddy to pay €250 compensation and to complete 200 hours community service in lieu of three months in prison.

Dad and son deny burglary

A FATHER and son who were allegedly caught with a screwdriver following a burglary have denied the charges.

Michael Cash (56) and his son James Cash (25), of Boot Road in Clondalkin, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with burglary.

The alleged incident took place at Ardagh Avenue in Blackrock on June 22 last year. They are also charged with possession of a large screwdriver for use during the course of a burglary.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell adjourned the matter.

Gymnast on assault charge

Olympic gymnastics champion Paul Hamm has been accused of hitting and kicking a taxi driver, damaging a cab window and refusing to pay a $23 (¤16) fare.

He is charged with assault and two other misdemeanours.

Court records show Hamm (28) was charged in suburban Columbus, Ohio, and is free on bond awaiting a September 15 arraignment.

Katie launches new magazine

Katie Price has shown off her latest new publishing venture in her usual style -- by bursting out of a skimpy costume.

The model has created a magazine entirely about her, so fans can catch up on the facets of her life which do not already feature in her four volumes of autobiography.

The glamour girl arrived at the launch wearing a peach-coloured leotard featuring the cover of her new mag, called Katie: My Magazine.