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Bungling burglar

ENGLAND: A burglar who asked his victim to call the police after getting stuck in a bathroom window was jailed for 28 months, according to the Hull Daily Mail.

Daniel Severn, 27, was trapped for 90 minutes, hanging upside down with his foot caught in the window and his head resting on the toilet but when he tried to call for help, he dropped his mobile phone in the bath.

He was discovered when the owner of the house in east Yorkshire went into the bathroom. Richard Sheldon, defending, said: “While at first glance it looks like a sophisticated burglary... that is really not the case. If his head had been a foot to the right, his head would have been down the toilet.”

USA: Pennsylvania State Police have found about 9kg of marijuana in boxes which were wrapped up as Christmas presents inside a van.

The Centre Daily Times reported that 38-year-old Randy Jesus Valdivia, of Surfside, faces felony drug charges after being stopped police on Interstate 80 near State College.

Police say they became suspicious after Valdivia was stopped, and got him to agree to a search. They say they found the drugs vacuum-sealed inside large boxes wrapped as gifts.

Not so wondrous
A Winter Wonderland event has been cancelled after attracting a raft of complaints from parents.

Organisers of the event in Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, which included paid-for events such as ice skating, confirmed it was no longer taking place after parents reportedly bombarded its Facebook page with complaints about the quality of the Wonderland.

One mother writing on a blog for the Natal Company said her family had paid £42 (€49) to pre-book tickets to find “men dressed in Santa outfits from Poundland”.

“This was definitely no Wonderland,” she wrote. “It felt like an opportunity to rip off parents who had hoped to have a magical day out with their children.”

Flashmob proposal
A wedding proposal brought one of Scotland’s biggest shopping centres to a standstill, the BBC reports.

Bobby Beattie, 32, from Glasgow, used dancers, who had been mingling among shoppers, to woo his girlfriend Laura Meikle, 27. She had been lured by her mother to the Braehead shopping centre in Glasgow when the dancers began performing to the Bruno Mars song ‘Marry You’. Bobby then stepped forward to propose and Laura accepted.

“I’ve been planning it for 10 months so it’s been hard work,” Bobby told BBC Scotland. “It’s been good. I’ve hardly slept all week since I knew it was going to happen.”

USA: Santa Claus came to town despite snow and widespread criticism of the costumed pub crawl known as SantaCon.

New York City’s SantaCon started in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. Thousands of red-suited revellers then spread out through the city’s bars and snowy streets.

The event went ahead amid criticism it had become too rowdy. participants were told to make charitable donations and encouraged to bring gifts to bestow on passers-by.

USA: Genetic testing has revealed that three young giant pandas born at Atlanta’s zoo that were thought to be males are actually females.

Zoo Atlanta spokeswoman Keisha Hines said an examination that was part of the preparation to send Po to China revealed the three-year-old panda is female.

She said the zoo then decided to do DNA testing on Po and twin cubs Mei Lun and Mei Huan, and it was revealed those cubs were also females.


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