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Pork pie row leads to brawl and arrests at wedding celebrations

ENGLAND: A couple’s wedding celebrations were interrupted by a brawl that is thought to have started over a pork pie.

Officers from the dog section at West Yorkshire Police tweeted that they were on the way to the “large fight” in Bradford on Saturday night, which led to three arrests.

The tweet said: “All started over a pork pie apparently!”

The force received a call on Saturday calling for assistance after an “ongoing disturbance” at the Harold Club on New Works Road in Bradford.

A force spokeswoman said: “A number of officers attended and the matter was quickly brought under control. The section of the premises open to the public was closed to prevent any further problems. However, the members-only area remained open for business. Police units resumed from the scene after 8pm.

“Two arrests were made for assault, with those arrested being bailed pending further inquiries. Another person was arrested for a public order matter and has been given a fixed penalty.”

DRAINPIPES BLOCKAGE

ENGLAND: Pants and even jeans are causing blockages after being flushed down the drains and clogging the sewer system, a water company said as it highlighted the £7m (€8.5m) annual cost to taxpayers.

Around 80% of the 40,000 blockages last year were caused by people putting the wrong things down sinks and toilets — from nappies to cooking fat, and even pants and jeans, according to Scottish Water.

RECORD CEMENTED

USA: A Los Angeles project laying the foundation for the tallest building west of the Mississippi has broken the world record for the longest continuous concrete pour after 18-and-a-half hours, a Guinness World Records adjudicator said.

Adjudicator Michael Empric said 21,200 cubic yards of concrete were poured, beating the record of 21,000 cubic yards set by the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas in 1999.

He monitored the pour overnight by smartphone before meeting contractors and engineers. Sean Rossall, spokesman for the New Wilshire Grand, said 208 trucks made more than 2,100 trips and poured 82m pounds of concrete.

PHONE HOME

USA: Prison officials in Florida and nationwide are fighting a different type of contraband being smuggled to inmates — mobile phones.

They are being hidden in babies’ nappies, noodle soup packages, footballs, soft drinks cans and body cavities. Last year two murderers used mobile phones to plan their escape from a prison in Florida, where the state confiscated 11 mobile phones per day in its prisons.

Even infamous murderer Charles Manson, imprisoned in California, has been caught with a mobile phone, twice. And two Indiana prisoners were convicted of using mobile phones smuggled in by guards to run an operation that distributed methamphetamine, heroin and other drugs.

PERSONAL ADS

USA: Once political campaigns would try to make inroads with soccer moms or white working-class voters.

Operatives are now targeting specific individuals, and in some places they can reach them directly through their televisions. Addressable TV, an emerging technology, allows advertisers from Senate hopefuls to insurers to pay some broadcasters to pinpoint specific homes.

Advertisers have long bought ads knowing that only a fraction of the audience is likely to respond to them.


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