QUIRKY WORLD ... North Yorkshire police weeding out misconduct

A police officer is facing a three-day public misconduct hearing, accused of going on patrol wearing a woolly hat that had the slogan ‘I love weed’.
QUIRKY WORLD ... North Yorkshire police weeding out misconduct

PC Simon Ryan will be one of the first officers in the North Yorkshire force to go before new-style hearings. These are open to the public and chaired by an independent lawyer, not a senior police officer.

One of the allegations against PC Ryan is that, “whilst on duty at Northallerton police station, he wore a black woolly hat stating ‘I love weed’ or words/pictures to that effect. Despite being advised to remove the hat, he resumed wearing the hat whilst on mobile patrol.”

Caught Red-handed

US:

Police in northern California have arrested five men for stealing $4,700 of energy drinks.

Police officers nabbed the four adults, and one juvenile, as they wheeled a cart full of Red Bull out of a grocery store and loaded it into a van.

The Vacaville Police Department said the van was packed with the energy drink.

Life lesson

US:

More than 30 years after she was abandoned in a dorm at San Francisco State University, Jillian Sobol has graduated from the school where she began her life.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the 31-year-old graduated with a bachelor’s degree. She was left by a 19-year-old student, who had concealed her pregnancy, in a box in the dorm laundry room on November 5, 1984. The baby was found by students there.

She was later adopted by Sam and Helene Sobol.

Making a name for himself

Germany:

A German man who added nobility titles to his name after obtaining dual citizenship in Britain will have to settle with being plain old Nabiel Peter Bogendorff von Wolffersdorff in his native land, following a ruling from the European Court of Justice.

The Luxembourg-based court said EU member states are not obliged to recognise name changes of a citizen who has dual EU citizenship, nor obliged to accept “tokens of nobility” from another state.

Germany abolished titles of nobility in 1919, but the man added both ‘Graf’ and ‘Freiherr’ — Count and Baron — to his last name when living in Britain a decade ago, becoming Peter Mark Emanuel Graf von Wolffersdorff Freiherr von Bogendorff. Upon returning home, German authorities rejected the change.

Farmer brings house down

Britain:

A farmer ordered to tear down a mock Tudor castle he built has told a High Court judge of his plans to erect the “work of art” elsewhere.

Robert Fidler, who said he has now “carefully dismantled” his “beautiful” home, in Surrey, told Mr Justice Dove, at a hearing in London, on Monday: “Hopefully, it will be rebuilt on another site, with full planning permission.”

He built four-bedroomed Honeycrock Farm, in Salford, without planning permission in 2000 and, in 2002, his family moved into the property, which was hidden behind straw bales for four years.

Royal rhino gives birth

Britain:

A critically endangered rhino, given the royal seal of approval before being released into the wild, has given birth to a baby calf.

Grumeti, who was born at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, in Kent, was visited by the Duke of Cambridge in 2012, before her journey to her native Tanzania.

After three years in the wild, the eastern black rhino gave birth to baby, Mobo, three weeks ago, bringing hope for the survival of the species in their native homelands. Grumeti was moved to the foothills of mount Kilimanjaro by conservation charity, The Aspinall Foundation.

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