QUIRKY WORLD ... On the lamb: Police hunt down sheep robbers

ENGLAND: Three men are being questioned on suspicion of theft after police spotted some sheep being transported through the suburbs in the back of a people carrier.

West Midlands Police said officers on patrol spotted the Ford Galaxy’s unusual cargo while on patrol in Hob Moor Road in Yardley, Birmingham, in the early hours of Tuesday.

The driver initially tried to evade police but the Ford was later abandoned by three men after hitting a parked car, a spokesman for the force said.

Police then tracked down the suspected occupants after a search of nearby gardens involving dog units and a helicopter.

One suspect was found hiding up a tree, and another was discovered in a conservatory.

The three lambs have since been rehomed at a farm in Sheldon as officers attempt to trace their owners.

A spokesman said three male Romanians, aged 22, 27 and 28, were in police custody on suspicion of theft.

Inspector Paul Southern said: “It’s not every day we recover live stolen property, but the lambs seem none the worse for their adventure.

“We are now trying to trace where they came from and are asking farmers to check their flocks to see if they have any missing.”

Poser gets jail

USA:

A teenager who toured an Ohio high school while posing as a state senator has been sentenced to jail.

A judge sentenced Marion resident Izaha Akins to three months in jail. But the 18-year-old will need to serve only a little over a month more because he’s already spent close to two months in jail.

Akins pleaded guilty in March to impersonating a peace officer. The charge includes anyone who poses as a state employee.

Authorities say Akins spoke to a government class at Mohawk High School in Sycamore last December. School officials didn’t realize they’d been duped until weeks later.

His attorney has said Akins is sorry for the negative attention he brought to the school, but he’s glad it pushed schools to improve their security procedures.

Ruby shines again

ENGLAND:

A dog almost blinded and left fighting for life after chewing a disinfectant bottle has made an amazing recovery.

Jack Russell cross Ruby briefly got her paws on the bottle and a small amount splashed in her face. The next day, owner Gary James, 44, from Poole, found the 11-year-old dog struggling to breathe.

He rushed Ruby to Bournemouth PDSA Pet Hospital where she was admitted for emergency treatment. PDSA vet Emily Sharp said: “Ruby had a lucky escape from a horrific ordeal.”

Inspired thinking

USA:

A primary school teacher in New Jersey wrote inspirational messages directly on her students’ desks before they started days of high-pressure tests.

Chandni Langford’s pupils, aged 10 and 11, walked into class at Evergreen Avenue Elementary School in Woodbury to find messages from her, including: “Learning is your superpower!” and “There is no elevator to success, you must take the stairs!”

Photos of the desks on the district’s Facebook page have been shared more than 10,000 times.

Ms Langford said she got the idea on Pinterest from another teacher. The messages were written using dry erase markers and removed before the students began the first of seven days of testing

Paella picnic for staff

SPAIN:

The billionaire founder of the Chinese conglomerate Tiens Group has treated 3,000 of his best sales staff to a traditional Spanish paella dinner during a free trip to Madrid that also included a bullfight and a tour of King Felipe VI’s royal palace.

The smiling workers washed down plates of paella with sangria at a massive spread of picnic tables in a riverside park during the event footed by Li Jinyuan and organised by China’s U Tour travel company.

U Tour deputy manager Zhang Xilai said the tour for the group of mostly healthcare products salespeople cost €7m.

The trip comes a year after Li took 6,400 to France. Zhang said fewer went this year because of higher sales targets and stiffer competition in China.

Bovine beauties

INDIA:

Hundreds of cows and bulls walked the ramp in a north Indian town in a bovine beauty pageant aimed at promoting indigenous Indian cattle breeds and raising awareness about animal health. As farmers led their animals, the panel of experts judged the animals for their size and overall looks, the length of their horns and, for the cows, their milk-yielding capacities.

The judges selected 18 winners in various categories, choosing the healthiest and best-looking cows and bulls from more than 630 animals in the contest, held in the farming town of Rohtak in Haryana state. The victors, representing three different breeds, took home prizes and a winner’s sash.


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