QUIRKY WORLD ... Manhunt after thief legs it with donated limb

USA: Los Angeles County authorities are investigating the theft of a human leg from a van belonging to an organ and tissue donation organisation.
QUIRKY WORLD ... Manhunt after thief legs it with donated limb

The Los Angeles Times reports that the limb was stolen while staff members for the non-profit One Legacy organisation stopped for something to eat at a restaurant.

When they returned to their vehicle, the fridge containing the wrapped and chilled leg was gone. Coroner Mark Fajardo said in a letter to county supervisors that it is likely the thief did not know what was in there.

Officials obtained a DNA sample from the donor to identify any recovered limbs.

Betting flurry

ENGLAND: A bookmaker has clipped the odds on snow falling anywhere in Britain before the weekend is out to 5-1 from 8-1 following a flurry of bets.

With forecasters predicting snow and gale force winds over the coming week, Coral is quoting odds of 12-1 that the record low temperature is broken this year.

“We are bracing ourselves for a harsh winter and that is reflected in the betting which suggests snow will hit the country sooner rather than later,” said Coral’s Nicola McGeady.

Caught off-guard

ENGLAND: Police have blamed hackers for sending a link to an indecent image from an official force Twitter account.

The Essex Police account sent a tweet apparently advising members of the public about how to stay secure while browsing the internet using the hashtag #CyberAware yesterday morning.

In fact the force had itself fallen foul of cyber criminals as a link contained in the message directed users to an indecent image.

Jail for horse attack

ENGLAND: A married father of three caught on CCTV sexually assaulting a horse in an attack lasting more than an hour has been jailed.

Former removals worker Alan Blackman, 31, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to trespass with the intent to commit a sexual offence and attempted intercourse with a horse after the animal was found injured at farm stables in Redenhall, Norfolk, on August 6.

Blackman was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court as his wife, Sarah, 25, sat in the public gallery.

Big Mac returns

USA: A Ronald McDonald statue hamburgled from a western Massachusetts home during a teenage house party has been found.

The 3ft-high statue of the company’s mascot was turned over to Northampton police on Wednesday by a McDonald’s employee who found it next to a rubbish bin outside a health club.

Mary Ryan says her husband bought the sculpture of a kneeling Ronald from an antique store years ago for $1,200. They think it dates to 1972.

It disappeared in August when their teenage daughter hosted an unauthorised party at their summer home in Leverett. It was seen in a tree and outside the health club, before the trail went cold.

In the line of fire

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ENGLAND: The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot for the second time in just a few months.

Ossy suffered a cracked femur earlier this year after being hit by an air gun.

However, this week owner Tim Jones took the animal to the vets after it began limping — and was left shocked after finding his pet had been targeted yet again, in Gresford, Wrexham.

He said: “The latest pellet has been removed and physically he should be okay. But he is now a nervous wreck and it will take a while before he gets his confidence back.”

All mouth

ENGLAND: Howler monkeys with the loudest roars are all mouth and no trousers, scientists have learned.

They pay for their large vocal organs by being somewhat deficient in another part of their anatomy. Noisy howlers have small testicles and produce less sperm than their quieter rivals, research has shown.

Lead scientist Dr Jacob Dunn, from Cambridge University, said: “This is the first evidence in any species for a trade-off between vocal investment and sperm production.”

The research is reported in the journal Current Biology.

You’ve got mail

USA: Police in a New Jersey town are asking the person who was expecting 50lb of marijuana in the mail to come claim the package.

The pot was delivered to a home in Hazlet. The homeowner called police, because it was addressed to someone who did not live at the residence.

Police say they were trying to figure out how to find the person when they opened the packages and discovered the marijuana in sealed bags. Police say the person is more than welcome to come to police headquarters to claim them.

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