Monday 23 July 2018

Hunt for stolen grass

Austrian police are seeking witnesses to an unusual theft – of huge amounts of grass, mowed secretly from a farmer's field.

The theft occurred around Liebenfels, a village about 120 miles southwest of Vienna. Police say the owner estimates the grass to be worth around €3,000 as fodder.

BATTLE OF THE BULGE

US military personnel are turning to liposuction to remove excess fat from around the waist so they can pass a Pentagon fitness test.

Some service members say they have no other choice because the Defence Department's method of estimating body fat is weeding out not just flabby physiques but bulkier, muscular builds. Fitness experts and doctors have called for the military's fitness standards to be revamped.

SIX MINERS KILLED

six miners have died and five others have been injured after a gas leak at a coal mine in northern Spain.

The accident occurred at the Santa Lucia mine near the town of Pola de Gordon in the Castille y Leon region.

It's been reported that the miners may have died from gas inhalation.

SUFFER THE CHILDREN

More than half of British children in poverty are living in cold, cramped homes, according to new research.

The Children's Society study, based on a poll of around 2,000 10- to 17-year-olds, found that 53pc said that they did not have enough space, while a similar proportion admitted that their homes were much, or a bit, colder than they would have liked last winter.

BBC DRIVER FOUND DEAD

A former BBC driver accused of sex offences was found dead last night. David Smith (66) from Lewisham, south-east London, had been due to stand trial for allegedly abusing a 12-year-old boy in 1984.

He was arrested by police as part of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse investigation. A warrant had been issued for his arrest after he failed to appear at Southwark Crown Court yesterday.

FOOTBALLER AVOIDS JAIL

A Premier League footballer has narrowly avoided jail for possessing a fake driving licence. Newcastle United's Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote was handed a seven-month suspended sentence after he admitted buying a Belgian licence for €15,000.

He then attempted to swap the forgery for a full UK licence, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Irish Independent

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