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Teen cooked his hamster

A teenager who admitted cooking a hamster in a microwave was due to be sentenced today.

The 16-year-old from Corby, Northamptonshire, who cannot be named for legal reasons, previously pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

The RSPCA said the white Golden hamster was taken to a vets in March last year. A spokeswoman said the vet put it down.

The teen was due to be sentenced today at Kettering Youth Court.

Ex-mayor stole women's pants

A former mayor who broke into women's homes and stole their underwear will be sentenced today.

Ian Stafford (59) resigned as Mayor of Preesall in Lancashire when he was arrested in connection with the missing garments.

Stafford, of Sandycroft Place, Preesall, pleaded guilty last month to burgling the properties in Poulton-le-Fylde and Stalmine, Lancashire, between January 1 and June 26 last year.

He will be sentenced today at Preston Crown Court.

Three cheetahs escape in park

Three cheetahs swam a moat and crawled through a hole in a rusty fence to escape their enclosure and then briefly roamed inside a wildlife park in New Zealand.

Orana Wildlife Park rushed visitors to a secure area while rangers rounded up the big cats yesterday, park chief executive Lynn Anderson said.

The cats, three youngsters who had been bred at the park, crawled through a fence hole that was exposed recently when greenery was cut back.

Man hid bottles in his trousers

Police say a man who stuffed 75 bottles of body lotion in his trousers couldn't slip away from authorities, hampered by his slacks that were nearly bursting at the seams.

Police in Springfield, Massachusetts, said Chamil Guadarrama (30) was charged with larceny after the incident on Wednesday night at Bath and Body Works in the Eastfield Mall.

They said he could not bend over to get in the police car until some of the bottles were removed.