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In brief: Treasure-hunter lands windfall

Published 16/10/2010 | 05:00

A first-time metal-detecting enthusiast who discovered a hoard of Iron- Age gold in a field is to get a £460,000 (€523,000) reward.

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Safari-park keeper David Booth (35) had owned his metal detector for five days when he discovered four 2,000-year-old gold neckbands in a field in Scotland. Dating from between the first and third centuries BC, the bands represent the most important hoard of Iron-Age gold in Scotland to date.

Machine offers high-heel relief

Stumbling out of a nightclub and walking home barefoot with aching feet after dancing all night in killer heels could be a thing of the past for women thanks to new vending machines which sell disposable shoes.

German student Isabella Fendt came up with the idea 'Ballerina to go' -- ballerinas are flat shoes -- after too many nights of aching disco feet.

Piglet seized from woman in debt

Court officers in far-eastern Russia have seized a piglet from a woman who owes a bank 13,000 roubles (€307).

They put it up for sale to recuperate some of the money, the regional branch of the Federal Bailiffs Service said yesterday.

Taiwan to allow small brothels

The government in Taiwan plans to allow sex workers set up small businesses in the latest change to laws that had once forced the huge industry underground.

In a statement, the government said it would consider brothels of three to five staff away from areas frequented by children, acceptable.

Tarrant caught speeding twice

Chris Tarrant was given six points on his driver's licence and fined £525 (€597) yesterday after he was caught speeding twice in 21 minutes on the same stretch of road.

The TV presenter was caught at 10.30am on May 20 last year driving his silver Mercedes Benz CL500 at 76kph and cutting a corner. He was then caught by the same marked van 21 minutes later, returning in the other direction at 66kph.

Rabies outbreak death toll hits 100

The death toll from a rabies outbreak on Indonesia's resort island of Bali has reached 100.

Bali is an island of three million people and one of Asia's top tourist destinations. It been grappling with the rabies outbreak for nearly two years.

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