QUIRKY WORLD ... Museum’s famous dinosaur given the freedom to roam

ENGLAND: The Natural History Museum’s famous cast of a Diplodocus skeleton — affectionately known as Dippy — is to be sent on a tour of Britain.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Museum’s famous dinosaur given the freedom to roam

Millions of people have seen Dippy the dinosaur in its London home since it was first unveiled to the public in 1905. Since 1979 the huge skeleton has been the star attraction of the entrance hall, welcoming visitors to the museum in London’s South Kensington.

However, from summer 2017 it will be replaced by the skeleton of a blue whale, which will be dramatically suspended so as to appear that it is diving. The museum announced this week that Dippy will go on tour throughout the UK from early 2018.

Each venue will be expected to host Dippy for a minimum of 4-6 months.

Lawn mower man roped in

USA: State troopers say they had to use a rope to corral a man who was driving drunk on his lawn mower with a box of beer.

The Daily Item reports 25-year-old Tyler Anspach also threatened a trooper after he was arrested on July 13 while driving his tractor about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Police received a call that night about an agitated, mower-driving man making threats. Responding troopers said they could smell alcohol on Anspach and saw him stumble. Authorities say his blood-alcohol content was .21 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drivers.

Anspach is charged with drink driving, disorderly conduct and related offences.

Dumper truck on rampage

ENGLAND: Two police cars had to be written off after a low-speed chase involving a stolen dumper truck.

Norfolk police followed the stolen vehicle as it drove dangerously for 37 miles along A-roads at an average speed of 18.5mph. Three police cars were damaged in the chase at a cost of more than £50,000.

A Ford Focus and a Volvo were written off while a BMW suffered minor damage and will be repaired, the force said. All of them were marked cars. It began in Cringleford on the outskirts of Norwich and the truck was eventually brought to a stop in Brandon, Suffolk.

Record for bravery medal

ENGLAND: A George Cross awarded to a Second World War heroine who was tortured and murdered by the Nazis has fetched a record price at auction.

The bravery medal along with four others belonging to Violette Szabo, who worked for the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in occupied France, sold for £260,000 within a minute of going on sale in central London.

They were bought on behalf of Lord Ashcroft and will go on display at the Imperial War Museum.

Suspect naked on barn roof

USA: A drink-driving suspect who fled the scene of a road crash was later found naked on the roof of a barn – and was arrested when he fell off.

Police in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, said the 20-year-old now faces drink-driving charges for crashing into a speed limit sign and a postbox after losing control of his car.

He then carried on driving until again losing control, hitting an embankment and stopping on the hard shoulder before running away.

Mystery lion on prowl

USA: A report of a lion roaming a Milwaukee neighbourhood has police and others on the lookout.

Milwaukee police say a woman reported seeing a lion on Monday afternoon in her north side neighbourhood.

Police chief Edward Flynn says his officers were given mobile phone video of an animal that appeared to be a “lion-ish creature.”

Officers checked the neighbourhood, but didn’t find anything.

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