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An investigation has been launched by Gardaí over an alleged sexual assault at Electric Picnic in Stradbally last weekend.

The supposed incident happened on Saturday, August 31 at the music event in County Laois.

A garda spokesman confirmed in a statement that officers are investigating the report and are continuing to support the victim.


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A spokesman added: "Gardaí are investigating the report of an alleged sexual assault of a female that is reported to have occurred on Saturday 31st August in the Stradbally area of Co Laois.

"Investigations are ongoing."

Gardaí also revealed yesterday that they were dealing with 453 'reported incidents' of illegal drug use at the annual event.

Six offences involved public order, along with one sexual crime, one minor assault, one theft, one arrest of a man for possession of an offensive weapon and four arrests for driving under the influence.

Of the four arrests involving driving, three were drug driving and one was intoxicant driving.



Coca-Cola is bringing back its hugely successful Designated Driver campaign this year in order to encourage the nation to give the 'Gift of a Lift this' December.

The campaign will offer free soft drinks to any drivers who stay sober to bring their loved ones home safely throughout Christmas; what a fab way to motivate us.

The Road Safety Authority and Coca-Cola HBC Ireland are joining forces to keep our roads safe, especially during a time where the pubs are full of people celebrating the season.

Over the last 14 years, over €7 million has been invested by Coca-Cola into the campaign to promote road safety, and have rewarded countless Christmas heroes who helped their friends and families get to where they needed to go.

The role of the Designated Driver can be a tedious one, but it's never worth the alternative. Getting yourself and your close friends and family home is the perfect way to give to them this Christmas.

An Garda Síochána, the Road Safety Authority and Drinkaware are all supporters of the campaign, which has local and national heroes such as GAA stars as its representatives.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross said;

“For many people, December will be a month of celebration; the way to ensure that the season remains festive is to plan ahead…so please, don’t drink and drive, instead travel with a designated driver and ensure you and your loved ones all get to 2019 safely.”

Any Designated Drivers can visit www.DesignatedDriver.ie to download a voucher for two free soft drinks, which can be presented at over 1000 pubs across Ireland. Otherwise they can simply make themselves known to bar staff.

I can think of a good few people who will be wanting the 'Gift of a Lift' this year, that's for sure.


There are just four days to go until the American football extravaganza that is the Super Bowl, but we're always more interested in the ads (and the half-time show) than the actual game.

Budweiser generally goes all out for its Super Bowl ads, but this year they've taken a different slant.

Rather than promote beer-drinking to viewers, they're instead warning people of the dangers of not drinking and driving. And in a genius move, they've employed Helen Mirren to get their message across.

"Hello, I'm Helen Mirren, a notoriously frank and uncensored British lady," she begins.

"If you drive drunk you – simply put – are a short-sighted, utterly useless, oxygen-wasting human form of pollution."

Tell us how you really feel, Helen.

The ad is part of Budweiser's #GiveADamn campaign, which is urging drinkers to never drive while under the influence.



A wedding in Sydney this weekend took a rather unexpected turn.

According to local station 9News a wedding guest, fuelled by alcohol and cannabis, tried to the wedding… but crashing into the bridal party. 

By all accounts, Tenille Eyles and Adam Bradley's nuptials started off beautifully at Camden's Harrington Grove Country Club in Sydney. 

However, over the course of the ceremony a fight broke out between some of the wedding guests. 

Warren Donovan, the wedding photographer on duty at the time, said that at first and amid the confusion, most of the other attendees were confused as to what was going on – hence Warren continued shooting photographs. 

He explained, however, that suddenly he spotted someone driving at high speed in a car towards the crowd. 

After reaching the first gathering, the individual in question next reversed into a second crowd of wedding-goers – despite serveral attempts to take the keys from the ignition. 

"When he took off the second time that's when he came straight towards us and we jumped out of the way," Warren also told 9News. 

Australian police said afterwards that the suspect is a 55-year-old man who was the new partner of a relative. Following his arrest, the man was charged with drink and dangerous driving, as well as possession of cannabis. 

He is due in court on September 29. 

Thankfully, no one was injured in the incident. 



Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos remains in police custody this afternoon after being arrested last night in London.

It is being reported that the 27-year-old crashed her €200,000 dark navy-coloured Ferrari into a another vehicle at a Tube station in Southgate, North London last night.

Mail Online says she was breathalysed at the scene and subsequently arrested on the back of those results.

A police spokesman today explained: "Police were called shortly before midnight on Thursday [September 10] to outside Southgate Underground Station following reports of two cars in collision.

"Officers and London Fire Brigade attended. There were no reported injuries.


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"One of the drivers, a 27-year-old woman, was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and taken to an East London police station.

"A breath test was administered. We do not discuss the results. She remains in custody."

There is as of yet still no official comment from the singer's representatives on the matter. 


Helen Pearson was caught three times over the legal alcohol limit when she was pulled over for drink driving on a busy motorway.

The 55-year-old actress who is most popular as Frankie Osborne on Hollyoaks pled guilty to the charges. She was also found to be driving without insurance.

Helen, who has also appeared on Emmerdale and EastEnders was given a 26-month ban from driving as well as having to complete 120 hours of unpaid work.

Ms Pearson has also been fined €720 for the insurance offence, €122 for costs, €215 for court criminal charges and €86 as a victim surcharge.

This is the second incident of high drama for the show in two weeks as it was recently announced that Stephanie Davis was being fired from Hollyoaks. While the reason behind her departure is not totally clear, it has been reported that she was causing trouble on set for months before she was let go.

Although, Ms Davis tweeted saying, “I have no problems don’t believe everything you read. I’m staying quiet and rising above it. I know what’s true and what’s not. I’m all good xx.”



Lindsay Lohan’s mum has been ordered to perform 100 hours of community service for a drink-driving charge.

Dina Lohan pleaded guilty in New York to the charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

During her court appearance yesterday, the star’s mum also pleaded guilty to speeding.

Police said 50-year-old Dina was driving 77mph in a 55mph zone when she was arrested on September 12th in Oyster Bay.

They said her blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit.

The mum of the troubled actress is expected to be sentenced on June 3rd to a conditional discharge and 100 hours of community service.

Dina’s lawyer Mark Heller blamed the paparazzi for the incident.

He said, “It is the professional opinion, as stated here by the evaluator, that the circumstances leading to Dina’s arrest were largely impacted by ongoing daily stresses caused by you folks, the paparazzi, media attention and distorted tabloid character profiles.”

27-year-old Lindsay had reportedly predicted in the past that her mum would be arrested for a drink-driving offence.




Lee Ryan says his arrest for drink driving has been a big “wake-up call”.

The Blue singer – who was arrested on Friday on suspicion of drink driving and later charged with failure to provide a specimen and criminal damage – has admitted he has “let people down”.

He said, “I know I’ve let people down. Being arrested and ending up in a cell was the biggest wake-up call to me.

“It made me realise there is a problem I can’t keep ignoring. I need to do something about it.”

The Celebrity Big Brother star – who was also found with a controlled substance in his possession – will be going to rehab to address his issues.

He added, “Me going to rehab isn’t a cop-out. I still take full responsibility for the way I’ve behaved.

“There is nobody to blame but myself and I’m deeply ashamed of what has happened.

“I am doing this because I have finally admitted I need help. I want to stop hurting the people around me.”