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There could be the seeds for a horror film in it. A short at least.

The guy doing it dresses as Elmer Fudd, goes around singing "Kill The Wabbit". He then moves on to killing people named Rabbitte and Warren. D.I. Jack Russell is on his trail.
 

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I didn't realize little Eiffel Tower souvenirs were such a big thing ...

French police seize 20 tonnes of Eiffel Tower souvenirs
French police have seized 20 tonnes of miniature Eiffel Towers in an operation to dismantle an extensive network selling souvenirs in the capital Paris.

A joint probe with French immigration officials resulted in raids on Chinese wholesalers suspected of importing and supplying the goods to illegal vendors.

Nine people were arrested, media said.

The small metal replicas are sold for as little as five for one euro at tourist hotspots like the Louvre museum and outside the real Eiffel Tower.

More than 1,000 boxes containing the pointy keepsakes were found at two depots and three shops in the Paris region on Monday evening and Tuesday morning, local reports said. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45574432
 
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Another bizarre one.

After being jilted by a former boyfriend, a woman has been put on trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court, accused of faking her own kidnapping.

Jessica Nordquist of Whitechapel, east London, sent her ex emails and pictures of herself tied to a bed and dressed in nothing but her underwear, claiming she had been kidnapped and raped by a group of hackers, the court heard.

Nordquist is accused of emailing clients of her former boyfriend, Mark Weeks, who broke up with her in November last year. She allegedly set up an email account in his name and falsely “admitted” that Weeks had raped her, reports Metro.

Jurors were told Nordquist had bought a “fake baby bump” from Amazon in order to “fool her ex she was eight-weeks pregnant with his child”, says the newspaper. The couple then attended an abortion clinic. Nordquist claimed she didn’t go through with the abortion, later saying she had suffered a miscarriage. ...

http://www.theweek.co.uk/96543/jess...letter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter
 
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A new twist? Has the potential of getting a lot more than from a card.

A gang has been held over a series of robberies in which victims, including new students, have been kidnapped and forced to transfer money online.

Police said a number of people were individually "coaxed" into a dark Audi in Manchester city centre on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

Officers foiled the robbery of a 19-year-old "mid-way through" and arrested four men aged 25, 23, 18 and 19.

During house searches a fifth man was arrested after ammunition was found.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said several victims reported they were forced to make online transfers of £3,000 from their bank accounts before being let out of the car.

Others told officers they had been driven to petrol stations, forced to withdraw the maximum possible amount of cash shortly before midnight, fill the car up with petrol then withdraw more money after midnight.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-45612105
 
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No point in whining about it.

Police in southern Germany are looking for thieves who stole an entire vineyard of grapes from under their noses.

The criminals made off with the field full of grapes by "running a professional harvesting machine over the entire vineyard", the police said, according to the local Rheinpfalz newspaper.

Most galling of all for the police is the fact that the vineyard does not lie on some remote hillside, but is to be found right next to the car park of a major supermarket on the outskirts of the village of Deidesheim.

The resourceful thieves struck at some point between teatime last Wednesday and sunset the following day, netting 1,600 kg (3,527 lb) of the white grapes used to make Riesling wine. The haul is estimated to be worth 8,000 euros (£7,110; $9,272).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-45720218
 

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I'm not sure what the thieves wanted with this artwork, nor how they plan to hide it ...

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Giant hammer artwork stolen in Northern California
Authorities in Northern California are looking for a hammer. A really, really big one.

The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says police in Healdsburg in California’s wine country are looking for an enormous artwork that vanished over the weekend.

The artwork was an 800-pound ball-peen hammer made of metal with a long redwood handle. The hammer measures 21 feet long and the head is 6 feet tall.

The piece, valued at $15,000, was loaned by the artist about a year ago to the Healdsburg Community Center. It vanished from the lawn sometime Friday night or Saturday morning.

The artist, Doug Unkrey, says it would have required about eight people or a flatbed trailer with a winch to carry off his work.

Police, of course, want to nail the thieves.
SOURCE: http://www.apnews.com/80cf9b311ca846299bf1b925d1e37e1c
 

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I saw that story. If the police have the miscreants on file, they could nail them bang to rights. They should know the drill, otherwise they'll be screwed, though only if they had a driver... Sorry, I do realise some of these puns are a bit of a wrench. I'll get me coat...
 

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I saw that story. If the police have the miscreants on file, they could nail them bang to rights. They should know the drill, otherwise they'll be screwed, though only if they had a driver... Sorry, I do realise some of these puns are a bit of a wrench. I'll get me coat...
I'm putting you in my bastard file for gratuitous punning offences.
 
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The eyes have it

Police in Savannah, Ga., are looking for answers after a statue of a Revolutionary War general was defaced with “googly eyes.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday that local police were investigating after a query from city officials about the vandalism of Savannah's Nathanael Greene Monument went viral earlier this week.

“Who did this?! Someone placed googly eyes on our historic #NathanaelGreene statue in #JohnsonSquare,” the official City of Savannah Government account wrote on its Facebook page in a post Thursday.

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“It may look funny but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter, in fact, it's a crime,” the post continued.







https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-brie...on-historic-georgia?__twitter_impression=true
 

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Wasn't there an issue recently in... North Africa? Where a fishmonger was found to be putting googly eyes on his fish to make them look fresher?
 

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This is probably a mis-thread but since I only joined the forums last week just before everything went to Hell in a hand-cart, I'll pop me posts where I like.

I was driving along a pretty wooded lane near Hedsor (Bucks/Berks) with my Mum (2006) when I was stopped at a Police road-check. I was asked if I had seen anything suspicious (lights, disturbance) in the woods a couple of weeks before, although the Officers weren't giving anything away. We couldn't help and carried on. I may have scanned the local paper later out of interest but found nothing and thought no more about it.

A year later I chanced upon an article in the Daily Telegraph that mentioned an incident in the woods at Hedsor and something went 'click'. According to the writer/journalist (who was local), the body of a young woman had been found tied to a tree and set on fire. A year on and the Police still didn't hadn't identified her and no-one had reported her missing. The theory then was that she may have fallen foul of an East European People-Smuggling gang.
Sad though the death was, the article was not about the incident, but rather it was trying to explain how the brutal murder of an unidentified young woman set on fire had not reported in any of the national newspapers.
I don't remember the details but basically the country was divided up into regions patrolled by a 'News Hound' (News-gatherer) who report news-worthy item back to their paper or Agency. The Bucks/Berks border was part of a patch covered by a Reporter who actually lived in Norwich (143 miles away) and he'd missed it.

I passed the woods again today, thinking of the headlines dominating the papers during the week ("Vaguely familiar-looking bloke snogs consenting woman in street"), written by journalists who only get the news by scanning the internet. I then went online to put a name to the person who died 12 years ago:
Beata Bryl, Polish model, last seen alive in London 2006, dumped in a wood with her head caved in and set on fire. Assailants unknown. Not forgotten. RIP

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-28630308
 

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This is probably a mis-thread but since I only joined the forums last week just before everything went to Hell in a hand-cart, I'll pop me posts where I like.

I was driving along a pretty wooded lane near Hedsor (Bucks/Berks) with my Mum (2006) when I was stopped at a Police road-check. I was asked if I had seen anything suspicious (lights, disturbance) in the woods a couple of weeks before, although the Officers weren't giving anything away. We couldn't help and carried on. I may have scanned the local paper later out of interest but found nothing and thought no more about it.

A year later I chanced upon an article in the Daily Telegraph that mentioned an incident in the woods at Hedsor and something went 'click'. According to the writer/journalist (who was local), the body of a young woman had been found tied to a tree and set on fire. A year on and the Police still didn't hadn't identified her and no-one had reported her missing. The theory then was that she may have fallen foul of an East European People-Smuggling gang.
Sad though the death was, the article was not about the incident, but rather it was trying to explain how the brutal murder of an unidentified young woman set on fire had not reported in any of the national newspapers.
I don't remember the details but basically the country was divided up into regions patrolled by a 'News Hound' (News-gatherer) who report news-worthy item back to their paper or Agency. The Bucks/Berks border was part of a patch covered by a Reporter who actually lived in Norwich (143 miles away) and he'd missed it.

I passed the woods again today, thinking of the headlines dominating the papers during the week ("Vaguely familiar-looking bloke snogs consenting woman in street"), written by journalists who only get the news by scanning the internet. I then went online to put a name to the person who died 12 years ago:
Beata Bryl, Polish model, last seen alive in London 2006, dumped in a wood with her head caved in and set on fire. Assailants unknown. Not forgotten. RIP

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-28630308
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It's all kicking off in Dundee

Couple found sleeping in Dundee multi with stolen sex toy and packet of custard creams

The Hilltown Court multi in Dundee

A couple were today convicted of possessing a stolen sex toy and packet of custard creams.

Nadine Kelbie and Andrew Mason admitted a charge of reset over an incident in Dundee’s Hilltown Court last November.

They were found asleep in a flat in the block in possession of a bag of goods that had been stolen during a break-in at a flat on the level below earlier that night.

The pair later told cops they had bought the bag for £50 from another man earlier in the evening.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told Dundee Sheriff Court the bag contained a packet of custard creams, a sex toy, a pair of trainers, adult and baby clothes, a bottle of perfume and a clock.

etc


https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/..._V3BE5KphcM6_a6Thm1dUeSfTdFBt-ImYTAPzcKW5cn70
 

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Once you've stolen the Magna Carta, what the hell do you do with it? Ever been approached in the pub and asked if you wanted to buy a thousand year old document that "fell off the back of a lorry"?
 
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