QUIRKY WORLD ... Clever cops quickly quack quandary of household intruder

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QUIRKY WORLD ... Clever cops quickly quack quandary of household intruder

Police in Massachusetts responding to reports of an intruder in a woman’s home quickly quacked the case.

A north Reading woman called police from her upstairs bedroom to report that she heard loud banging noises downstairs and feared someone had broken into her home.

Officers who responded found no sign of a break-in.

But during a quick search of the home, police found a soot-covered wood duck.

Police say it appears the duck got in through the chimney. An officer caught the duck and released it into a nearby pond.

New York police, firefighters brawl at charity hockey match: reports

USA: A charity hockey match between New York City firefighters and police officers devolved into a brawl on the ice on Sunday.

Hockey sticks, gloves, and helmets littered the ice at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, as players from both teams grappled with each other for several minutes as the crowd roared encouragement in videos posted on YouTube and Instagram.

Beyond the usually good-natured rivalry between the two departments, it was not clear what triggered the brawl, which took place as the teams were tied 3-3, according to Newsday. Tempers were eventually calmed, and the New York Police Department went on to win 8-5.

’POSHEST’ ALLOTMENT

ENGLAND: Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc is going to set up what could be the world’s poshest allotment after he was given permission to plant fruit and vegetables among the exotic blooms of Kew Gardens.

The chef — and his co-presenter Kate Humble — will transform a section of the famous site for a new four-part TV show called Kew On A Plate. The BBC2 show will explore the history of fruit and vegetables in Britain.

TALENT SHOW

ENGLAND: Producers of the Got Talent TV franchise say the format is a winner in its own right — Guinness World Records has deemed the series the most successful reality TV format worldwide.

Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia said the format that was launched as Britain’s Got Talent has been adapted for broadcast in 58 countries.

Alistair Richards, president of Guinness World Records, confirmed Got Talent had displaced Strictly Come Dancing, another British format that has sold to more than three dozen countries. The Got Talent format was created by music and reality TV entrepreneur Simon Cowell.

DEAD END

USA: The strange discovery of the skeletal remains of twin brothers has mystified locals in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and beyond.

Andrew and Anthony Johnson were each found seated in an easy chair inside the modest home they shared for decades, and where they apparently died together about three years ago.

Police found their decomposing bodies sitting in recliners in the living room on March 29 after a relative asked officers to check on the 63-year-old brothers. Their conditions suggested that both men had been dead since 2011. There were no obvious signs of foul play.

Now, Chattanooga residents are formulating their own theories. Was there a gas leak that killed them? Was it a double suicide? Were they poisoned? Or did they just sit down one day and die?

STEP UP

USA: More than 700 people have taken the long way up at the World Trade Centre — climbing the stairs.

They did it for the inaugural Runyon Up, a fundraiser for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Participants could either tackle all 72 floors, or do a partial climb to the 54th floor.

The fastest male contender reached the 72nd floor in just under nine minutes. The first woman to the top clocked in at just over 11 minutes.

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