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Friday 23 February 2018

In Brief: Vandals blowing up parking meters

Vandals in a market town have started blowing up parking meters for the eighth year running. Two pay-and-display machines in Lewes, East Sussex, had fireworks set off in the coin slots, resulting in damage totalling £2,900 (€3,565).

Similar incidents have been reported every year since 2004. Fourteen parking meters were blown up last year, causing over £20,000 (€24,587) of damage.

Woman (86) hangs on after cliff fall

An 86-year-old New York woman fell off a cliff but survived by clinging to a tree for an hour before being rescued.

Beverly Blewett was raking leaves in her backyard when the ground gave way, causing her to plunge 30ft into a 100ft ravine. A neighbour heard her cries for help and called emergency services.

Castro had stroke, claims doctor

FEARS are growing about the health of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro after a Venezuelan doctor claimed the 86-year-old had suffered a massive stroke.

There was no official comment by the Cuban government but social media sites and some news agencies have reported the claims that Mr Castro is in a vegetative state, with only weeks to live.

Bomb blast kills 19 on way to wedding

Nineteen people on their way to a wedding in northern Afghanistan have been killed when a roadside bomb wrecked their minibus.

Six children and seven women were among the dead in the blast. Police said 16 people were wounded. The group was travelling to Dawlat Abad district, 270 miles north-west of Kabul.

Boat Race protest man gets jailed

A man has been sentenced to six months in jail for disrupting the annual Boat Race between English universities Oxford and Cambridge.

Trenton Oldfield (36) had been convicted of causing a public nuisance after he halted the race by swimming into the middle of the River Thames. Oldfield, who narrowly avoided being struck by oars, was protesting against elitism and privilege.

Eastenders return for 'Dot' actor (85)

EastEnders veteran June Brown is to make her comeback to the BBC soap in the new year when Dot Branning returns to Walford.

The 85-year-old left the show in the spring to write her memoir and work on a documentary.

Irish Independent

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