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Zombies-raving man shot dead as intruder

USA: A California man shot dead after breaking into a young family’s suburban home had ranted about zombies hours before he showed up screaming threats in their backyard and smashed into their house, authorities said.

The Orange County Sheriff’s department said that 22-year-old Paul Michael Bracamontes was killed in the affluent community of Yorba Linda by a homeowner who awoke before dawn on Sunday to find him screaming in the backyard.

The homeowner, whose wife and infant were inside the house, shot Bracamontes after he broke in through a glass door before police were able to respond to an emergency call, authorities said.

“He was making threats to harm the homeowners and said that there were five more people out front that were going to harm them,” lieutenant Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said. “We’re sure those other people didn’t exist.”

Hallock said the man’s relatives told authorities that he had been hallucinating at a party on Saturday evening and had made several “inappropriate” comments about zombies to a family member.

Authorities said the homeowner would not be charged because he acted in self defence.

Eagle emerges

ENGLAND: An “exceptional” Roman sculpture of an eagle clasping a serpent in its beak has been discovered by archaeologists in the final hours of a dig at a London building site.

Experts have declared that the object, which was found in the City of London before the site’s redevelopment into a 16-storey hotel, “the finest sculpture by a Romano-British artist ever found in London”.

Archaeologists also unearthed foundations of a mausoleum on the east London site and believe that the statue, dating from the first or second century AD and made from oolitic limestone from the Cotswolds, once adorned it.

War Bible returns

ENGLAND: A soldier is to return his grandfather’s Second World War Bible to him after carrying it in his body armour during a six-month tour of Afghanistan.

Corporal David Coles, of the Royal Military Police, arrived safely home in Cambridge with his “treasured possession”, which he will hand back to 95-year-old Alfred Henry Collins, who was given it in 1941 after joining the RAF Police.

Squatters move in

ENGLAND: The property billed as most expensive council house in Britain, which sold at auction for just under £3m (€3.5m) this week, has been taken over by squatters.

The Grade-II listed London building went under the hammer at a Savills auction on Monday morning, fetching £2.96m from an anonymous buyer. The empty property was being sold by Southwark Council to raise funds for 20 modern council houses.

But before the sale could be finalised more than 20 protesters from the community group Homes For All occupied the building at 21-23 Park Street, Borough.

Too hot to handle

USA: A chilli sauce maker has received a battery of complaints for allegedly fouling the air around its Southern California factory.

The city of Irwindale has applied for an injunction to stop production at the Huy Fong Foods factory, claiming the smell from the plant is a public nuisance. Residents have complained of burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches and some people have had to leave their homes.

Farmer’s grass stolen

AUSTRIA: Austrian police are seeking witnesses to the theft of huge amounts of grass, mowed secretly from a farmer’s field.

A farmer reported the field mowed and the grass gone near Liebenfels, a village about 120 miles from Vienna.

He estimates it is worth around €3,000 as fodder.

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