Thief leaves his calling card on application

USA: A crook got away with a wad of notes from a Florida petrol station but was caught after making a stupid mistake.

Anthony Thomas asked to fill out a job application as a ruse to make staff drop their guard. He then reached into the cash registers while they weren’t looking.

Police in Ocala soon called on him however, because he had filled out the form with his real name and address.

THAILAND: Thai police have rescued about 90 famished cats that they believed were being sent to Vietnam where the animals are considered a delicacy.

Officers stopped a pickup truck at a checkpoint and found six plastic cages full of cats in north-eastern Nakhon Phanom province. The driver faces charges including animal cruelty and illegal transportation of animals.

Cat meat is offered in many restaurants in Vietnam. Dogs also have been smuggled there from Thailand for their meat.

ENGLAND: Tributes have been paid to a Twycross Zoo chimp who starred as 007 in TV adverts for PG Tips tea.

Louis the chimpanzee parodied James Bond in adverts for the brand during the 1970s and 1980s. The 37-year-old died at Twycross Zoo in Warwickshire following a very short illness, the zoo said.

Curator Charlotte Macdonald said: “Louis was a very gentle and laid-back chimp — a favourite with everyone. Born at Twycross, he was one of the original PG Tips chimps.”

ENGLAND: A carnival’s bonny baby contest has been axed because it is unfair to judge youngsters on looks.

Carnival organisers in Devizes, Wiltshire, deemed the town show’s toddler pageant old fashioned, but mothers have set up their own event after Mayor Pete Smith came to the rescue, the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald reports.

He said: “It brings the community together and I don’t think we should lose it. There are certain people on the carnival committee who want to change things I don’t think for the better. That’s why I have stepped in to call it the Mayor’s Baby Show.”

USA: Prisoners in the state of Utah will be allowed to talk with visitors in Spanish or any other language they want now a long-standing English-only rule is being scrapped.

The rule was initially put in place as a safety measure so corrections officers could understand what was being said. Officers will still have the authority to cut off conversations and ask visitors to either speak English or leave if they think they are hatching plans that put staff in danger.

In addition to Spanish, some of the 7,000 prisoners and their families speak Pacific Island and Native American languages.

USA: Our solar system has a tail, just like comets. Now the US space agency can prove it.

US scientists have revealed images showing the tail emanating from the bullet-shaped region of space under the grip of the sun, including the solar system and beyond. The region is known as the heliosphere, and the tail is called the heliotail.

Chief IBEX investigator David McComas says the evaporating end of the tail could stretch 100bn miles.

ENGLAND: For more than four decades, families have gathered to watch movie classic The Railway Children, with adults trying to hide their tears at the heart-warming tale.

Now ratings body the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has received its first ever complaint about the U-rated movie.

The moment that got a viewer steamed up was not when Jenny Agutter gasps “Daddy, my Daddy”, prompting uncontrolled blubbing — instead it was the fear that it could encourage youngsters to play on railway lines.

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