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Raiders try to make way with quiche reserves

QUIRKY WORLD ... Our daily look at some of the world’s stranger stories

ENGLAND: A pair of armed thieves were involved in a lengthy stand-off with police when they barricaded themselves into a cafe after reportedly fancying some quiche.

The peckish raiders broke into Cafe@Marshalls in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, in the early hours, apparently to get their hands on some food.

But when police surrounded the premises, they armed themselves with knives and a five-hour siege ensued. Angela Marshall, who runs the cafe, said: “Apparently, they were hungry and wanted some quiche. There was a little bit of money in the till, but I think they just wanted food and then it got out of hand.”

Profession of status

Austria: In Austria, where a title before one’s name is a huge status symbol, the government is offering to elevate all school teachers to “professor” to help settle a 12-year labour dispute.

Teachers who dug in their heels against any reform of working conditions have been asked to work longer hours under more flexible conditions in exchange for a range of benefits including “professor” titles.

Until now, only teachers at elite secondary schools have been allowed to use the honorary title of “professor” in Austria, where aristocratic titles been banned since 1919 following the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

UK backtracks on bequest

Britain: One of the more unusual political donations in British political history will be paid into the public purse after the government bowed to pressure to return a former nurse’s £520,000 (€608,000) bequest.

Prime minister David Cameron’s Conservatives and their coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, initially divided Joan Edwards’ money between them, saying it had been left to “whichever party” was in power when she died.

But they decided to hand the money to the treasury after protests from media and MPs who said Edwards had intended to help the nation, not political parties.

In a copy of the will seen by the Daily Mail, Edwards, 90, left her wealth to “whichever government is in office at the date of my death for the government in their absolute discretion to use as they think fit”.

The bequest made Edwards the biggest donor to the two parties in the second quarter.

Panto star bitten by colleague

ENGLAND: A 27-year-old woman has been charged with grievous bodily harm after allegedly biting off another woman’s nose while a performance of Jack And The Beanstalk was taking place.

Tina Love, of Dartford, Kent, was charged after the incident which is alleged to have taken place in the theatre area at Butlins in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, in Apr 11.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “The 47-year-old victim was treated for her injuries at St Richards Hospital, Chichester, including an attempt to replace a piece of her nose which had allegedly been bitten off. She has since been discharged from hospital to recuperate.”

German toilet freshener raises stink

Tore Birol, Henkel’s general manager for laundry and home care products in Ukraine said: “We are very sorry if people were offended by the design of our new product.”

Birol said the freshener was coloured yellow to represent its lemon scent and blue to symbolise water and hygiene.

Temporary road for hikers

USA: Maintenance workers had to build a temporary road to allow 65 hikers stranded in Washington state to go home.

The original road was washed away in a storm. The road, about 160km from Seattle, will remain closed until a permanent fix can be constructed.

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