Sunday, September 25, 2016


Deer bounces across beach at sunrise

This deer was spotted bouncing along the beach at Poole Harbour, Dorset. It was filmed by by Dave Mott who was walking his dog along the shore at dawn.

It is thought to be a Japanese Sika deer that may have swum over from Brownsea Island where there's a resident population.

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Clown arrested while lurking in the woods

Police in Kentucky have arrested a man dressed as a clown lurking in a wooded area amid a wave of clown reports in at least six US states. Jonathan Martin, 20, was charged with wearing a mask in a public place and disorderly conduct.

He was found at about 1:00am on Friday in "full clown costume" and mask crouching among trees by an apartment complex in Middlesboro, according to police. Recent reports of clowns trying to lure children into woods have sparked alarm.

Police have warned individuals against dressing up in clown costumes, adding that it could lead to criminal charges. "Dressing as a clown and driving, walking or standing in public can create a dangerous situation for you and others," police in nearby Barbourville, Kentucky, said in a statement.

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"While dressing up is not, in and of itself against the law, doing so in public and thereby creating an unnecessary sense of alarm is illegal." Alleged clown encounters have been reported in recent weeks in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky.

Upset woman accused of stabbing roommate for refusing to have sex with her

A woman stabbed her male roommate in the chest after he refused to have sex with her, prosecutors say.

Sharon Harry, 61, of Trenton, New Jersey, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and weapons charges.

During a bail hearing prosecutors said Harry got upset at her roommate for not having sex with her on Friday night. She grabbed a knife and stabbed him in the chest, causing a serious injury.

When police arrived at the home, the roommate was coherent and able to tell them what had happened. He was rushed to the hospital and is still being treated. An attorney representing Harry told a Superior Court judge that the assault was out of character for Harry, who has no prior record. Her bail was set at $10,000.

Man hiding lobster tails in his pants arrested for theft

A man faces charges after allegedly hiding several lobster tails in his pants and stealing them from a grocery store.

According to police reports, it happened at around 2:22pm on Friday at the Giant Eagle Market in Solon, Ohio. A Giant Eagle worker said they saw the suspect come into the store and get several items from the seafood counter.

He said the suspect then placed the items in a baby seat that was in his cart and then pushed the cart past the pet aisle, where he placed the items in his pants. The suspect then reportedly exited the store without paying.

A worker at the seafood counter said she waited on the suspect, giving him eight lobster tails worth around $80. John J. Gaglione, 40, of Maple Heights, Ohio, was later arrested and now faces a charge of theft/shoplifting.

Angler surprised to catch fish with large missing portion

A man reeled in a fish missing a large portion of its mid-section last weekend.

Edward Grant, 45, of Middletown, New Jersey, caught the strangely shaped fluke while fishing with friends in Raritan Bay on Sunday afternoon.

"We were very shocked," Grant said, adding, "We used a few other words, too." Grant tossed the 18.5 inch fluke back into the bay, deciding it had been through enough already and deserved to live.

"I felt bad for it," he said. He surmised a large bluefish or small shark had previously attacked the fluke, which was completely healed from whatever injuries it had suffered.

Man's selfie with python could probably have gone better

A man was attacked by a python in the Mount Abu district of Rajasthan, India, as he tried to take a selfie with it.

The incident took place on Wednesday when the forest department of Mount Abu caught the python at a private hotel in Sirohi.

After catching it, they were taking the snake back to the department when a man tried to capture his moment alongside the reptile.

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But during the attempt, the 13-foot-long python struck out and bit him on the shoulder. However, the man was not injured.

Shop owner hunts for man who keeps pooing outside his store

A shop owner in Dublin, Ireland, is hunting for a man who has been repeatedly defecated outside his store. Clever Buys owner Alan Buckley from Finglas said that he didn’t believe it until he saw the CCTV footage. “Someone keeps coming up and sh*tting outside the shop,” he said.

“It’s very upsetting, you’d want to have your breakfast before you come in because you’ll not eat again after looking at it. He pulls up in a car in the middle of the night, does his business and then drives off.” The first incident occurred near the Clever Buys shop on Clune Road last Thursday September 15 and occurred again on Wednesday September 21.

“I haven’t got a clue why he’s doing it. He’s doing it in a public area outside a row of shops. It’s disgusting,” said Alan. “The first one was just horrible, the smell and all. You’d swear a horse did it. If I hadn’t seen him do it on CCTV, I wouldn’t have believed it.” Alan said there’s “no excuse” for this kind of behaviour. “You can do it in a bush or in a 24-hour shop. We have the cheapest toilet roll in town.”

Alan said during the second incident the man was there for 45 minutes. “I think sh*tting in the street isn’t his only problem,” said Alan. He described the man as being in his late 30s. “It’s very strange. He doesn’t look homeless or anything,” he said. Alan, however, can still see the funny side and has now placed a toilet and large quantity of toilet paper outside the store.

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Egg-throwers fined as stash recovered by police

A trio of anti-social egg-throwers in Kesgrave, Suffolk have been fined after dozens of reports of homes and cars being targeted. Residents have reported the matter over the last week, with cars in particular being the target. Others have said they have had eggs posted through letterboxes.

Suffolk police officers said the eggs were being thrown from a moving car driving past in the evenings, prompting senior community figures to condemn the behaviour. Christopher Hudson, Suffolk county councillor for Kesgrave said: “I am repulsed, sickened, shocked and appalled about this.

“It’s anti-social to the extreme and it’s potentially very dangerous or intimidating, particularly to people living on their own. I think it’s terrible for residents and a terrible waste of food.” On Wednesday officers issued penalty disorder notices to three men aged between 18 and 20, who have been ordered to pay a fine of £80 each. A fourth man, the driver of the car, was given a seizure of motor vehicle warning.

Officers also recovered a stash of between 50 and 100 eggs. Sergeant Philip Barrett said: “Throwing eggs at cars or houses is a criminal offence, capable of causing damage and injury. We do not tolerate this anti-social behaviour and would appeal to anyone who has witnessed egg-throwing vandalism or who has been a victim, to contact us.” Anyone with information should contact Suffolk police.

Cross-dressing clown in alleged shop robbery

Police are appealing to the public to help find a woman’s dress and clown mask worn during an alleged robbery at a Teesdale supermarket. The incident took place at the Co-op in Middleton-in-Teesdale at 9.20pm on Wednesday when a man entered the shop clad in the dress, mask and dark coloured footwear.

Detective Michael Rutherford, of Bishop Auckland CID, said the man was challenged by employees who were left frightened while one member of staff was assaulted. The suspect made off with nine boxes of cigarettes. Despite searches conducted in the area, the items of clothing have not been found and officers are keen to identify where the clothing came from.

The dress is described as dark in colour and appears to have a light-coloured circular pattern, possibly floral in design. It is short-sleeved and is estimated to be ankle length while the clown mask is white with fake hair attached. Residents in Middleton-in-Teesdale are asked to check their gardens and property to help locate the items which may have been discarded shortly after the offence.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and has been released on police bail while enquiries continue. DC Rutherford said: “It is considered to be a rare incident in this location.” Anyone who has recently seen any person wearing a similar combination of clothing, has experienced the theft of this clothing, or have found similar clothing discarded in the Middleton-in-Teesdale area are urged to contact South Durham CID.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Delighted to make your acquaintance

Brazilian man performs a duet with his parrot

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Man who drove girlfriend's car to liquor store returned with another one he'd allegedly stolen

A Florida man was arrested on grand theft charges after he drove his girlfriend's car to the liquor store but apparently decided he liked another car better and returned home driving that one.

According to an arrest affidavit, Jessie Lee Butler told police he went into Discount Liquor in Eustis and left his silver Chrysler 300 running outside. When he returned, the vehicle was gone. Police found the vehicle in a parking lot behind an apartment complex with a pack of Natural Ice beer inside and one can missing.

After knocking on several doors, they learned a man had just walked from the car to an apartment. When Butler stepped outside to talk with officers, he had a Natural Ice beer in his hand. The affidavit adds that Butler admitted he had just driven the Chrysler from the liquor store, but it was his girlfriend’s vehicle and he had permission to have it.

Police then contacted his girlfriend, who admitted Butler had used her car, but it was a silver Dodge Stratus he took and after he failed to come back with it, she went to the liquor store and picked up her car. Butler was charged with grand theft auto and was released from the Lake County Jail after he posted a $2,000 bail.

Dog accidentally stabbing owner with knife led to police investigation

A woman from Hudson, Colorado, was rushed to hospital after accidentally being stabbed with a knife by her dog on Wednesday morning, leading to a police investigation. Celinda Haynes, the owner of a one-and-a-half-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever dog named "Mia," said that Mia reached over her and stabbed her left forearm with a paring knife.

"[Mia] likes to grab whatever she can to get people to play with her," explained Haynes' daughter, Chanda Stroup. As it turns out, Mia is able to climb onto the kitchen counter, where she found her new sharp toy. Trying to get Mia to let go of the knife, Haynes put treats on the ground. In her excitement, Mia reached over her arm and stabbed Haynes when she went for the treats.

"I need to go to the hospital," Haynes told her daughter. "Mia just cut my arm with a knife!" The wound, a gash approximately 4-to-5-inches long and a quarter-of-an-inch-wide, surprised medical staff at Platte Valley Medical Center, who did not believe the story at first. But they were not the only ones. "I had to make sure I heard that right," said Brent Flot, the town Marshal.

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Deputies were dispatched to the hospital as well as Haynes' home to investigate a case of possible domestic violence. At the hospital, officials did not believe the story. Back at the family's home, Flot found blood everywhere, which prompted suspicion. Deputies contacted Haynes' husband to flesh out any suspicions of domestic violence, but he had been at the DMV renewing his licence when the stabbing unfolded. By the end of the day, Haynes had several stitches in her arm and the family were laughing about the situation.

Councillor says that muck bombers targeting houses and cars could cause an accident

A councillor says there’s a real danger that youths firing so-called muck bombs in the Hazelbank district of Derry, Northen Ireland, are going to cause an accident. A house and a number of cars have been targeted in recent days.

It is believed youths fill a drain pipe with mud before launching it like a catapult at homes and vehicles. Sinn Féin councillor Eric McGinley has called on those involved to stop immediately. "Apart from the mess which has been created, there is a very real danger that an accident will occur if passing cars are struck by this debris," said Mr McGinley,

"When motorists are targeted it can cause damage to the car and could scare a driver into crashing, so there are very serious implications. Drivers have been in touch telling us that these incidents were taking place over the weekend." Mr McGinley made a further appeal to parents in the area to be aware of where and what their children are up to.

"These muck bombs are going to detract from the general appearance of the area," said Mr McGinley. "So, parents need to impress upon their children the dangers of their actions. I've been in contact with the housing executive about this and they have given me assurances that the mess will be cleaned up as quickly as possible," he added.

Dog saved by vets after swallowing six-inch cow rib bone

A dog has come through emergency surgery after managing to swallow a six-inch cow rib bone. One-year-old Mastiff, Chico, was given the bone as a treat by his owner, Craig Anderson, from Newlands, Glasgow, Scotland.

But the 41-year-old said he was forced to act after Chico "literally swallowed it in one mouthful". Vets at the PDSA's Glasgow Shamrock Street Pet Hospital X-rayed Chico and removed the bone before it could cause any internal damage.

Susie Hermit, senior vet at the PDSA's Glasgow hospital, said: "I've never seen an X-ray like it before. The position of the bone really did look like Chico had an extra rib. Amazingly he'd managed to swallow the bone whole but didn't seem to be in any pain.

"However, we knew we had to carry out emergency surgery to remove it because it could have caused a life-threatening tear to his stomach or intestines." Mr Anderson said Chico had gone on to make a full recovery but bones were now off the menu. "I was so worried while he was in the operating theatre," he said. "It's a miracle the bone didn't cause any damage. It goes without saying but I don't give bones to him anymore after this."

Smallholder loses battle with planners to create shrine to forest god

A man is at loggerheads with planning officials after they refused permission for a sacred shrine to a 14th century antler-headed forest god. Andrew Cleghorn has been told his extravagant tribute to Herne the Hunter might upset neighbours, including a nearby church. Mr Cleghorn, from Kirkburn in the Scottish Borders, wanted an altar, “sacred well” and statue plinth to be built on his eight acre smallholding. The statue was to be of Herne the Hunter, a horned forest spirit and protector of the land who, legend has it, saved the life of Richard II. Mr Cleghorn also wanted a cattle flotation pool for swimming therapy on his land. This too was rejected, with one councillor observing that cows are “not that keen” on swimming.

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) rejected the scheme because of its proximity to the protected landscape of Tweed Valley. On Monday, the 52 year-old took his application to a review meeting in a last-ditch attempt to gain permission. In a submission to the meeting, Mr Cleghorn told the panel he “is guided by the pagan earth gods and wishes to create a special place for private worship”. He added: “The low-impact sacred well and altar/statue stance will be sited at the source of a spring on the hill, with a view over the valley…where private meditation and worship can be carried out without impact to others.” Mr Cleghorn suggested he was being “persecuted to the point of not being allowed to follow his own religious leanings within his home and small-holding”. But planning officer Craig Miller warned that the proposed development could compromise the character of the local landscape.

He also said Mr Cleghorn had failed to give an economic justification for the development or show that it would not have an adverse effect on nearby roads or neighbours – one of which is a church. The LRB denied Mr Cleghorn’s appeal, also confirming the refusal of another application made by him for a cattle flotation pool “for the therapy and tonal improvement of the stock.” Councillor Iain Gillespie, a former vet, reportedly told the meeting: “In my experience, cows are not that keen on swimming.” Mr Cleghorn declined to comment after the meeting. Full plans of the shrine have been published by SBC. They show a roughly six metre wide raised stone semi-circle made from Caithness flagstone, flanked by two pillars. Within it there is a three metre wide semi-circular sacred well set behind a two metre wide stone statue plinth, captioned “for statue of Herne the Hunter – earth spirit.”

Is not clear how large the proposed statue of Herne the Hunter was – as it is not included in the plans – which say the statue is “to be designed by others”. The legend of Herne the Hunter dates back to the 14th century. It is said that Herne, a loyal huntsman to Richard II, saved the king’s life when a white hart deer attacked him during a hunt. The deer mortally wounded Herne, but legend has is that a wizard healed him by attaching the slain deer’s horns to his head, where they were fixed for the rest of his life. The story goes that Herne was eventually hanged for a crime he did not commit – and that his ghost still haunts the Windsor forest he worked in. Shakespeare immortalised the story in The Merry Wives of Windsor – describing a “keeper” in Windsor Forest “with great ragg’d horns.” Although the Herne legend dates back only as far as the 14th century, he is closely associated to Cernunnos, a horned god from Celtic polytheism dating back to the first century. Cernunnos was the god of fertility, animals and vegetation.

Hermit evicted from woodland mud hut forced to go home to live with his mother

A hermit who lived in a woodland mud hut for four years says his eviction has forced him to go home to live with his mother. Daniel Pike, 28, spent two years building the hut near Watford, Hertfordshire, but was removed from it earlier this month. He said his hut at Merry Hill Wood has now been flattened by the Woodland Trust, which owns the land.

The trust said it is required to safeguard the area and had offered Mr Pike advice about moving on. Mr Pike built the hut from clay he found at the site, kitted it out with solar panels, and constructed an outdoor shelter with a seating area and cooking facilities. He previously said being there had given him freedom and meant he could live "without being coerced".

However, bailiffs arrived on 7 September, accompanied by police, and he was arrested at the scene for obstructing a court official in the execution of his duty. He said: "It was all done very ruthlessly with no care or consideration for what I was saying." Mr Pike, who spent a night in a police cell and received a fine, said the hut had since been destroyed. "I'm now staying at my mum's," he said. "I had to ask her because I had nowhere else to go."

Mr Pike in happier times.

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Now he says he has been "forced back into society" and hopes to return to his previous job at a supermarket. Steve Marsh from the Woodland Trust said the organisation had sympathy for Mr Pike's situation and the eviction was "not personal". He said: "We have over 1,000 sites across the UK and we have a blanket rule: No occupation, because we have to protect all our that we can protect and safeguard our woods for wildlife and nature but also other people that visit them."

Woman calls for an end to smells from nearby farm

A woman from Bishop's Hull, Somerset, is calling out for the end of smelly surroundings after a hot summer with closed windows. Sue Watts has grown fed up of the smells wafting over from a nearby farm and says she has been unable to enjoy her garden or entertain house guests without feeling embarrassed over the pong.

She said: “The residents of Bishop's Hull are being subjected, yet again, to days of foul smells as local farmers spread rotted muck on their fields. It always seems to happen when the weather is really hot and you want to have your windows open or sit in the garden, and you just can’t go out. It’s really embarrassing if you have visitors – you have to apologise for the awful smell, and then sit indoors with all the windows closed.”

Mrs Watts says that the village experiences the same problem every summer, but understands she lives in an agricultural area. She added: “I have every sympathy for the farmers, I appreciate that they have to do their jobs and fertilise their fields, but it feels like they don’t care about the village at all. We have regular car boot sale weekends and the people that visit must hate the smell. This muck is spread on public footpaths too, this makes it so difficult for walkers in the area to enjoy the land.” Mrs Watts thinks the frequent spreading of muck on hot days is avoidable, as weather predictions are more accurate than ever.

She says that the farmers should plan to do this sort of work on a colder day when residents won’t be so bothered about missing a day in their gardens or having their windows shut. She said: “The smell can last for days. The summer is the worst, having to sleep through a hot and humid night with the window shut because we don’t want to let the smell in. I would just like to see a little more consideration, it is unbearable and it is not nice. If a regular person made such a smell then Environmental Health would be all over us, but because they are farmers, they seem to get away with it.”

Getaway driver used mobility scooter to speedily flee scene of burglary

Detectives from Barking and Dagenham borough in east London investigating burglaries at two pharmacies have issued CCTV footage of four men they wish to identify and speak to in connection with the incident. On Wednesday 10 August, police were called at around 3:00pm to a report of a burglary at Paks Cosmetic Centre in Heathway, Dagenham.

The burglary was reported to have occurred at some point between 1:37am and 1:48am on 9 August. The security shutters were damaged and cash was taken. A similar incident with three suspects was reported on 25 May at Kry BA Chemists in Heathway, Dagenham. CCTV from Kry BA Chemists caught the moment that two men walked over to the front of the shop.

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Using a metal bar, they were able to dent the shutters and gain entry to the premises. A cash till was taken out of the store and given to a man on a mobility scooter who was then able to travel quickly away from the store. Four suspects were captured on the CCTV. 'Suspect 1' is described as a white man of medium build with a dark beard wearing a black cap, blue top with writing, black tracksuit bottoms, black trainers and light coloured gloves.

'Suspect 2' is described as a white man with a bald head, wearing dark clothing and driving a dark coloured mobility scooter. 'Suspect 3' is described as a white man wearing a dark blue hooded top and white trainers. 'Suspect 4' is described as a white man wearing a dark grey hooded top, blue jeans and white trainers. Police are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the four men shown on CCTV or who may have witnessed either of the two burglaries.