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In brief: Man in trouble for 'dumping' lover

AN AMERICAN man is facing assault charges after he used a forklift to pick up his girlfriend's car, while she was inside, and carried it several feet before dropping it.

Police in Springfield, Massachusetts, say 41-year-old Brian Hurley and his girlfriend argued over money as she drove him to work at a warehouse last Saturday morning.

Jail threat for soap star's fiance

The fiance of former 'EastEnders' star Natalie Cassidy, who played Sonia Jackson, could face jail after he admitted to assaulting her.

Adam Cottrell, who will be sentenced on June 21, pleaded guilty to hitting the actress with a slipper and grabbing her by the arms.

Rabbit has Marilyn on run in sexy poll

Cartoon enchantress and star of 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' Jessica Rabbit has been named as top screen siren -- ahead of real-life stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.

The red-haired vamp topped a poll by Lovefilm to mark Marilyn Monroe's 85th birthday, which would have fallen today. Hepburn -- star of 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' -- was runner-up, while Monroe, who died in 1962, finished third in the list.

Browsers asked if MPs are hot or not

A new website that asks users to rank British MPs in order of sexiness is causing a stir in Westminster.

Visitors to sexymp.co.uk are shown photos of two MPs and asked to click on the one they would rather sleep with, with the results creating a list of the most fanciable male and female parliamentarians.

Cheetah spotted following search

A cheetah has been caught after being spotted prowling near villas in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

The big cat is estimated to be around seven months old and is thought to have escaped after being kept as a pet. It was found in the Karama district with an injured left paw and a broken metal chain around its neck.

Monkey burned by fearful villagers

PEOPLE in a South African village have stoned a monkey to death because they claimed it was linked to witchcraft.

Rumours spread through Kagiso, west of Johannesburg, that the vervet monkey could talk. It was killed, put in a bucket, doused with petrol and set on fire. Cora Bailey, manager of Community Led Animal Welfare, said there is "dreadful superstition" about monkeys in some villages.

Irish Independent