Saturday 18 January 2020

Greek 'invented' family for welfare

A former Greek policeman who invented 19 fictional offspring to claim benefits for what would have been the largest family in Greece has been arrested for benefit fraud, police said.

The former police officer, divorced and with no children of his own, quit his €1,000-a-month job in 2001 and has been living solely on benefits ever since, police said.

Theatre 'sorry' for rude mistake

Theatre staff were left red-faced after the letter T was missed out from Widow Twankey's name in their Christmas pantomime programme.

The mistake at the Whitley Bay Playhouse in North Tyneside has been corrected and the theatre has apologised for the error.

Dutch pot tourism to go up in smoke

The reputation of the Netherlands as the go-to country for a legal joint will begin to vanish next year as sales to foreigners of cannabis and hashish in coffee shops are banned.

The Dutch government has been clamping down on the sale of soft drugs since 2007 because of gang-related crime and health concerns.

Barking mad tails from US court

Four dogs appeared on the witness stand in a US county court in the trial of two people accused of failing to give two of the dogs adequate veterinary care.

Chris O'Connor, defence lawyer for Wayne Martin and Layne Woods, subpoenaed the dogs to demonstrate to the court that they were in good shape.

Cable guy finds a bear in basement

A cable TV repairman got quite a surprise when he walked into the basement of a New Jersey home -- a 500lb bear was sound asleep on the floor.

The bear had been spotted wandering in the neighbourhood earlier. It ambled out of the house before state Fish and Game officials arrived. Officials knocked it out by firing a tranquilliser dart at the animal. No one was injured.

Bieber stages gig in 'poor' school

Teen pop star Justin Bieber performed a private concert yesterday for a Las Vegas elementary school that's gained publicity for services it provides for low-income families.

The concert took place at Whitney Elementary School and came after the singer pledged to donate $100,000 (€76,000) to the school.

Irish Independent

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