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Hand prank seals street

A practical joke went wrong after a severed hand left as a prank outside a Nottingham house led to residents believing it to be real and contacting the police.

Horror movie fan Paul Plummer (34) left the prop he had made on the pavement outside his house to amuse his young nieces.

However the prank went awry when a local resident saw the hand, complete with severed finger, and rang police.

Mr Plummer, an amateur make-up artist, admitted the prank to officers when they arrived and began to cordon off the street.

TWO KILLED IN DAMASCUS BLAST

Two people were killed when two explosions hit a square in central Damascus today.

State TV said the blasts were caused by suicide bombers, while activists said they were bombs planted there in advance.

Suicide attacks and car bombs have become common in Damascus.

TINY 2LB DEER IS BORN IN ZOO

A baby from the world's smallest species of deer has been born at a British zoo – weighing just two pounds.

The pudu, which is 12 days old, is part of an international conservation breeding programme at Bristol to protect the vulnerable species.

Pudus, the world's smallest species of deer, live in Chile and south-western Argentina. They stand at 15in at the shoulder when fully grown and weigh between 20lb and 33lb.

MICROSOFT AND SONY SQUARE UP

Microsoft and Sony squared off in Los Angeles as the new consoles war came to a head at a razzmatazz E3 spectacle.

The latest chapter in the tech giants' decade-long struggle for gaming supremacy was played out at the electronic entertainment trade show.

Both brought wares to the show that really do appear to push story-telling boundaries further than previous generations could ever have imagined.

Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House, announced with much gusto that the anticipated PS4 would be €94 cheaper than the XBox One.


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