QUIRKY WORLD ... Woman goes from frying pan to fire with bacon attack

USA: A judge has dismissed charges against a woman who threw uncooked bacon and sausage inside a police station while saying she was there to “feed the piggies”.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Woman goes from frying pan to fire with bacon attack

Lindsey McNamara, of Ashland, Massachusets was charged with disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property after the December 26 incident, which was caught on video surveillance.

Police say the 24-year-old McNamara entered the Framingham station with a box of meat and started throwing it and smearing it on the dispatch window.

A judge this week dismissed the destruction charge, saying police had provided little evidence that McNamara had damaged anything.

The MetroWest Daily News reports that the judge said the charge could be restored if police can prove damage. The disorderly conduct charge will be dismissed upon payment of €130 in court costs.

Richard III death

ENGLAND: Scientists believe they have determined the blow that killed King Richard III in battle after analysing his skull.

A forensic examination of the skull by Guy Rutty found two wounds at its base and one inside the cranium, indicating a weapon such as a sword or spike had been thrust up from the base of his neck. The “eureka moment” was filmed by a University of Leicester documentary film-maker and Prof Rutty, a Home Office pathologist said it was one the team “will all remember”.

Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, the last significant clash between the forces of the Houses of Lancaster and York in the War of the Roses.

Romantic roach

USA: A New York zoo is helping romantics have a Valentine’s Day with a difference — by naming a Madagascar hissing cockroach after your ex, or mother-in-law — or even a loved one who is a good sport.

The Name-a-Roach programme was launched at Bronx Zoo in 2011, and people are still coming out of the woodwork to participate. Each recipient is emailed a colourful certificate and the fee goes to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Soap bubbles

ENGLAND: House prices around the area of east London where TV’s EastEnders is set have increased tenfold since the BBC1 series started in 1985, new research reveals.

The average property in the fictional borough of Walford could have been snapped up for €43,000 30 years ago, but now it would typically cost around €430,000 to take up residence in Albert Square, the study from Halifax found.

But in real life, many of the soap’s characters would find themselves priced out of the area today, the research showed. Halifax found that the average house price in Walford would be around 32 times the annual wage of a member of bar staff working in the Queen Vic and nearly 13 times the wage of a pub landlord such as Mick Carter, who is played by Danny Dyer.

Groundhog Day

USA: Police in snowbound New Hampshire are hunting for Public Enemy No 1 — the suspect is short and furry with brown eyes and big, pointy teeth.

Looking to lighten the mood after three major storms in 15 days, Merrimack police posted a gag on its Facebook page asking the public to “rat out” Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog who last week predicted six more weeks of winter.

Phil, made famous in the Bill Murray flick Groundhog Day, is charged with failing to disclose that his forecast included “mountains of snow”. Police Chief Mark Doyle said he has heard from citizens that Phil could be in Canada with Sasquatch.

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