QUIRKY WORLD ... Vikings coin it but are 1,000 years too late for treasure

WALES: Viking coins from 1,000 years ago have been officially declared as treasure.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Vikings coin it but are 1,000 years too late for treasure

The hoard, which dates back to the 10th and 11th centuries, was found in Llandwrog, north Wales, by a local man using a metal detector. Experts believe the hoard was deliberately buried in the ground between 1020 and 1030 in a bid to store the silver.

A penny saved is €2.5m won

ENGLAND: A lottery winner has created a wishing well tribute to the lucky penny which persuaded him to buy his jackpot ticket.

Sean Lloyd, 49, spotted a shiny coin outside a shop and then rubbed it on the ticket which landed him £1.8m (€2.5m) on a Lotto quadruple rollover in January.

He immediately quit his job as a bus driver and, seven months on, has built a lasting tribute to his success in the back garden of his new dream home where he lives with his wife and four children.

Bella and Alfie

ENGLAND: Bella is the most popular name for female dogs and Alfie is the favourite for male dogs.

Poppy and Molly were in second and third place for female dogs, while Charlie and Max were runners-up for male dogs.

The data, analysed by Money Supermarket, is based on pet insurance quotes for a dog between January 1 and June 30.

Police chief delivery

USA: A Colorado police chief helped deliver his own daughter after calling 911 from a motorway turn-off.

An emergency dispatcher talked Eagle police chief Joey Staufer through the delivery in the early hours of the morning.

Emergency responders arrived and took new mother Vio and her daughter to the hospital. The newborn girl is said to be doing well.

‘Habitual drunkard’ list

USA: Police in Illinois’ second largest city have compiled a “habitual drunkard” list to help fight public intoxication.

Aurora PD Sergeant Tom McNamara says the list will have “certain clientele” whom police and fire departments see regularly. It will people whom police and fire personnel transport six times or more in a 120-day period. The city council approved the list as part of an overhaul to city alcohol laws.

Police say the goal is public safety. Those on the list won’t be able to buy alcohol in Aurora and businesses are expected to comply.

Gag law gagged this time

SPAIN: Authorities say a woman who posted a photograph on social media of a police car parked in a disabled parking space did not break the much-criticised new Public Security Law — known as the “gag law” — and will not be fined.

Police in the south-eastern town of Petrer last month sought to fine the woman under the law, which allows for fines of up to €30,000 for use of unauthorised police images. A regional Interior Ministry spokeswoman said officials decided the posting posed no danger to the officers concerned, nor offended them.

Shake, rattle, and bite

USA: A southern California man who picked up a rattlesnake to pose for a photograph was badly hurt when the reptile bit him on the hand.

Alex Gomez, 36, was bitten by the 1.2m-long rattler in a field at his family’s ranch in Lake Elsinore, a community about 96km south-east of Los Angeles, according to TV station KCBS which showed a picture of the man holding the snake around his neck.

Alex Gomez’s mother, Deborah, said her son might lose his hand because of the bite wound to the extremity. The man’s hand swelled up after the bite, and he was taken to a local hospital and treated with anti-venom.

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