Tuesday 23 January 2018

Pistorius officer quits

THE South African detective ridiculed for his slipshod handling of the initial investigation into the killing of Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend has resigned from the force.

Warrant officer Hilton Botha, a detective with 24 years experience, was the first officer on the scene after the Valentine's Day shooting of model Reeva Steenkamp. However, he was taken off the case after it emerged he was being investigated for seven counts of attempted murder.

Express delivery

A baby girl was born on a train packed full of commuters last night. The train was delayed in Kent, UK, while the infant was delivered on board the train to Maidstone East.

A spokesman for the company said he did not know who helped deliver the child. He said: "The baby is doing okay and has been named Phoebe." One commuter tweeted: "That's the first good excuse Southeastern have come up with for a delayed train."

Birth strikes a chord

Jazz star Jamie Cullum has become a father for a second time after wife Sophie Dahl gave birth to another girl.

The pianist and singer broke the news to fans on Twitter and said the baby, called Margot, had been born on Monday.

Bone-headed gifts

Police in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo are baffled by a macabre puzzle: someone has been leaving gift-wrapped human skulls around town. The first skull in cherry-red wrapping was found on February 20.

Since then, seven have been found near Mormon temples or consulates, including those for Russia, the Czech Republic and South Africa. Security cameras captured images of a woman in an ankle-length skirt leaving the skulls.

Tyre staff revolt

Nineteen police officers were injured when redundancy-threatened workers bombarded them with burning tyres and paintballs outside the French headquarters of the American tyre company, Goodyear.

Several hundred workers gathered in Reuil-Malmaison, west of Paris, to protest against the closure of a Goodyear factory at Amiens with the loss of 1,173 jobs. The fate of the factory has become a symbol of industrial decline in France.

Irish Independent

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