Wednesday 20 November 2019

Smoky bacon

French police used their Taser guns to capture a pig that ran amok in the Breton town where she lived as a pet in a local café.

The sow named Josken - a Breton word for roast pig cheek - escaped from her enclosure behind the café in the small town of Lannion in the early hours of Saturday and ravaged a neighbour's lawn before a police team were called in to catch the fugitive.

Ms Bond's wheels

What would 007 say? Aston Martin, the carmaker of choice for the spy who famously drove a DB5 equipped with an ejection seat, is to abandon its focus on testosterone-driven sports cars and try to appeal to female buyers. Andy Palmer, the recently installed chief executive of the marque, is looking to open up the company's appeal by targeting a wider range of potential buyers. Mr Palmer is adapting to modern buying trends that he says put women in the driving seat when it comes to choosing a car.

Tour a sewer

A seaside resort's Victorian sewers are receiving a fresh lick of paint ahead of one of the biggest arts festivals in Britain. Stuart Slark and his fellow tour guides will spend the next few weeks refreshing the main areas of Brighton's sewers ready for this year's tours, which take place during May's Brighton Festival, owners Southern Water said.

For more than 50 years, the tours have given visitors a glimpse underground at the Victorian infrastructure .

In too deep

NEW York State Police have charged a Rochester man with using excavating equipment to dig a 40-foot-long, 12-foot-deep hole in a rural road in the middle of the night and not telling anyone about it.

Investigators say Kyle Calabria (32) is charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment for damage to a road in the town of Prattsburg. Police said Calabria had been hired to do excavation work on property along the road. Calabria used a JCB to dig up a 15-foot-wide section of the road at night.

Real cliffhanger

TWO men said to have vandalised a historic military structure at a national park near San Francisco had to be rescued after they were stranded on a steep cliff while trying to escape. The men got stuck scrambling down the cliff after seeing rangers approaching. Firefighters, a helicopter and a coastguard boat were involved in the rescue and the pair now face charges.

Irish Independent

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