Monday 22 January 2018

Armed gang steals one bag of crisps

THIEVES armed with a hammer and axe stole just a single packet of Monster Munch crisps from a newsagent. The raiders entered the shop in Little Hulton, Manchester, and demanded cash but left empty-handed. They then returned and made off with the crisps.

Police Constable Lucy Pearson said: "These men have twice entered the shop armed with weapons and threatened the owner yet have risked their liberty for a single bag of crisps."

Stroke victim 'wakes up gay'

A 19-stone rugby player who suffered a stroke ditched his fiancee after claiming he woke up gay following the accident. Chris Birch (26) has since slimmed down to a lithe 11 stone, retrained as a hairdresser and moved in with a teenage boyfriend. He now works at J's Hair Salon in Ystrad Mynach, South Wales.

The life-changing accident happened during a rugby training session when he attempted a back flip and broke his neck.

France once again top wine producer

France is set to overtake Italy to reclaim its title as the world's top wine producer this year, according to estimates from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).

Helped by favourable weather conditions, France's production is forecast to rise by 9pc, correcting a slump last year and allowing it to regain the crown it lost to its southern European neighbour four years ago.

Syrian troops kill eight protesters

Syrian troops shot dead at least eight protesters and injured 25 others in Damascus yesterday, in one of the bloodiest attacks on demonstrations in the capital since the start of a seven-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

Members of the elite Fourth Armoured division, under the command of Mr Assad's brother, Maher, fired at a crowd gathered in the district of Barzehs. The crowd had gathered to mark the funeral of Bassam Abdekarim Barah, a protester who was killed in the neighbourhood on Tuesday.

Teacher fired for Facebook rant

A teacher who wrote that she was a "warden for future criminals" on Facebook has been sacked. The New Jersey teacher posted her remark to 333 friends on March 28. But it was forwarded and several parents saw it.

She said she wrote it in exasperation because several pupils kept disrupting her lessons and one had hit her.

Irish Independent

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