€8m holidays fraud
Published 05/03/2014 | 02:30
Fraudsters are stealing around £7m (€8.4m) a year from holidaymakers, according to a police report.
Scams include travellers receiving fake airline tickets, with flights to West Africa a particular target. The report, from the City of London Police's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, showed that during a 12-month period over 4,500 cases of holiday booking fraud were reported.
A farmer in the US state of Minnesota has created a towering tribute to winter's excess.
Greg Novak says he has invested hundreds of hours to build a 50ft (15m) snowman named Granddaddy, which he hopes will wake onlookers from their winter doldrums. The snowman began to take shape earlier this winter when the farmer needed to move mounting snow piles away from his greenhouses.
ADVERT MAKERS FINED
It turns out that using emergency warning tones in a US TV advert with images of the White House blowing up and the flashing words "THIS IS NOT A TEST" is frowned upon by the US government.
The Federal Commun-ications Commission said it was fining three media giants $1.9m (€870,000) for using the official warning tones in an ad for the film 'Olympus Has Fallen'.
TODDLER WRECKS CARS
A man was arrested for reportedly leaving his two-year-old daughter alone in his idling car, where she put the vehicle into drive, causing it to smash into parked cars.
Police in West Hartford, Connecticut, arrested 33-year-old Oscar Chicas and charged him with risk of injury to a minor. The car struck two other vehicles, causing minor damage. The girl was not injured.
PUPILS' LIPS TAPED
A teacher has been suspended following claims tape was put over the mouths of pupils.
The incident is alleged to have taken place at Danesfield School in Williton, Somerset. Parents say the teacher applied the tape – which made one girl's lips bleed when it was removed – as pupils were being too noisy. Police are "closely" liaising with the local authority, Somerset County Council.
BUSH'S ART EXHIBITION
George W Bush, US president turned painter, will have his artwork featured in an exhibit for the first time in April.
More than two dozen portraits painted by the 43rd US president will be part of exhibit called "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy."