Sunday 17 December 2017

In brief: Woman 'bit off lover's testicles'

A mother of four accused of biting off her boyfriend's testicles has denied grievous bodily harm.

Maria Topp (43) allegedly savaged Martin Douglas at his Newcastle flat at 4am on February 18. Ms Topp, from Wrekenton, Gateshead, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court for a brief hearing. She was granted bail until her trial, which will be fixed later.

Wombles set to recycle their hits

The Wombles, are set to recycle their careers as they perform together for the first time in years at the Glastonbury Festival.

All four of their gold-achieving albums from the '70s are to be released ahead of their performance.

$70,000 a bottle for ship's bubbly

Two bottles of bubbly, preserved for nearly 200 years in a Baltic Sea shipwreck, are heading for the auction block.

The government of the Aland Islands -- an autonomous region of Finland -- said it will auction off one bottle each of the oldest preserved examples of Veuve Clicquot and Juglar on June 3. Experts believe the bottles could fetch more than $70,000 (€49,000) each at auction.

Gold fish races are cancelled at bar

The weekly gold fish races at a Washington bar have been cancelled after it received complaints from animal rights activists.

Every Tuesday night the Harmon Tap Room would feature races in which cheap feeder fish were "raced" down two 8ft troughs. Racers guided the fish with squirt bottles. After complaints the bar replaced goldfish racing with beer pong.

US sheriff holds vote for mugshots

A US sheriff known for dressing inmates in pink underwear and feeding them green baloney is inviting people to choose the most popular mugshots online.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says more crimes may be uncovered if the public can view the photos.

Cat swims across New York Harbour

Did a calico cat from New Jersey swim across New York Harbour? The mystery surrounds a feline that arrived last weekend on Governors Island. Security guards found the cat on the north shore. Its fur was salty, matted and caked with seaweed.

Workers think the cat managed to swim to safety after being swept up in torrential rains in New Jersey.

Irish Independent

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