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Wedding delayed after man cuts off testicles near chapel

ENGLAND: A wedding had to be delayed after a man cut off his testicles before going into the church where the ceremony was due to take place.

A vicar was making the final preparations for the event at All Saints Church, in Hutton, Essex, when the blood-soaked man entered.

Rev Bob Wallace said the man entered the church after harming himself outside. He said: “We were able to call an ambulance to get him the help he needed. I don’t want to elaborate on the incident, I’m more concerned that he is now getting the appropriate treatment.”

850 snakes found at NY animal control officer’s house

USA: Authorities in New York say they’ve found hundreds of snakes including two 6ft Burmese pythons at an animal control officer’s house.

Local and county officials raided the home in Shirley. Officials estimate 850 snakes were found inside two garages.

Homeowner Richard Parrinello is a Brookhaven town animal control officer. He faces charges of owning the pythons and violating town codes by running a business at his home and without a permit.

Newsday reports that officials began investigating whether Parrinello was working while on disability from his town job.

Authorities say that he is co-operating.

The snakes were being removed by the Suffolk County SPCA.

S.African grannies use condoms to help arthritis pain

SOUTH AFRICA: The elderly are discarding pills for boxes of condoms in the belief that the lubricant oil on the latex helps alleviate arthritis- related pain.

They rub the condoms on the painful joints, and claim to feel instant relief, the Sowetan daily newspaper reports.

“This oil is number one,” Elizabeth Moyo told the paper after demonstrating how she uses the condoms. “I am tired of the pills.”

Condoms are readily available, often for free, in South Africa, which has one of the world’s highest HIV infection rates with one-in-10 people testing positive.

Medical experts say there is no scientific evidence that condoms help with pain relief and are concerned that condoms will now be wasted and not used for their rightful purpose.

Arthritis is a common condition among the elderly and causes pain and inflammation within the joints.

Brain-eating amoeba rattles nerves

USA: While officials try to pin down the source of a deadly amoeba found in the water supply of a suburban New Orleans community, bottled water sales in St Bernard Parish have skyrocketed and some people worry about washing their faces in the shower.

That’s despite experts who say the only danger is to people who manage to get the microscopic organism way up their noses. Dr Raoult Ratard, Louisiana’s state epidemiologist, said its only entry to the brain is through minute openings in a bone about level with the top of the eyeball.

State health officials tried to dispel common “myths and rumours” about the amoeba naegleria fowleri — starting with the notion that the parish water isn’t safe to drink.

But belief seemingly comes hard to many people.

USA: San Francisco police have arrested a suspected bank burglar after he fell through the ceiling of an apartment and into someone’s bedroom.

Police responded to an attempted burglary at the bank at around 3.45am yesterday. Police chief Greg Suhr says the suspect got into the bank through a ventilation shaft, but was spotted by officers as he left.

KPIX-TV reports the roughly 16-and-a-half-stone suspect was then seen jumping between rooftops. He was taken into custody after crashing through an apartment ceiling.

The man hasn’t been identified, but Suhr says he lives in the neighbourhood.

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