QUIRKY WORLD ... Police hunt for pedestrian-splashing motorist

ENGLAND: Police are hunting a mysterious motorist accused of deliberately driving through a puddle to splash pedestrians.

A 4x4 was filmed barrelling through water in Kentish Town, north London earlier this month, sending a curtain of spray shooting over the pavement.

LBC newsreader Zora Suleman who caught the splash on camera said: “There was a little old lady next to me and this car came up really close to the kerb, splashing everyone.

“Then I saw him stop and I thought: ‘Oh my God, he’s going to do this again’, so I thought I’d take some footage. It might be fun for the driver, but I felt bad for this old lady, who was quite upset by it.”

According to the Camden New Journal, the vehicle is unregistered, leaving the identity of the driver a mystery.

Scotland Yard said: “We were contacted on April 15 about an allegation of a person driving without due care and attention in relation to an incident in Kentish Town. Our officers are investigating. No one has been arrested.”

Tiger pet

USA: Animal control officers have captured an apparently domesticated tiger that was spotted roaming a residential neighbourhood in a South Texas city.

The Conroe Police Department says it received several phone calls from residents who saw the young female tiger wandering around the city.

Animal control officers captured the tiger, which was wearing a collar with a leash attached.

Sgt Dorcy McGinnis said the tiger seems to be tame. Authorities are asking for assistance in finding the tiger’s owner.

Sgt McGinnis said if the tiger and its owner live in Conroe, the tiger will no longer be able to be housed in the city due to this incident.

Career change

ENGLAND: A former police officer has been hired as an apprentice by a funeral director — at the age of 67.

Ex-detective sergeant Robert Brown becomes the 1,500th and oldest apprentice to be taken on by Co-Op Funeralcare.

Mr Brown, from Canterbury, Kent, is among an army of pensioners choosing to carry on working beyond retirement age. He said: “After a 30-year stint with the police, I did wonder how I would find working in funerals, but I love it. I only wish I’d done it sooner.”


ENGLAND: The number of new distilleries opening in England increased by a third last year to a record high of 28, research has revealed.

The rise was sparked by a surge in popularity of artisan products and boutique spirits such as gin, said accountancy group UHY Hacker Young. Sales of UK gin approached a record £1bn (€1.28bn) last year, the study found.

Trump that

USA: Donald Trump is the most popular suggested replacement name for a Texas school named after the top hero of the Confederacy, Robert E Lee.

Donald J Trump Elementary was the most popular suggestion with 45 submissions out of 240 received, according to Austin Independent School District officials.

The second-most popular suggestion was 34 submissions to keep the present name.

Other popular names included author Harper Lee and artists Russell Lee and Elisabet Ney. The Texas capital’s school board voted last month to replace the Confederate general in the school name. It could decide on a new name on May 23.

Green creek

USA: Green water flowing in a creek in Alaska, causing panic and drawing a response from multiple agencies, was the result of a prank, authorities have said.

Officials have determined the dye dumped into the Ketchikan Creek was non-toxic.

Police talked to the man responsible but he was not arrested or cited.

“It was just a prank,” officer Charles Johnson said.

“He happened to come across some sort of plumbing dye that they use for testing — checking for leaks and stuff — and thought it’d be funny to throw it in the creek and make people wonder why the creek was green.”

Surprise birth

CZECH REPUBLIC: It was an unexpected birth that took everyone at the Prague zoo by surprise.

Nobody noticed that 24-year-old gorilla Shinda — who is a bit overweight — was pregnant. After several miscarriages, she was expected to remain childless.

Zoo director Miroslav Bobek says: “It seems that a miracle happens from time to time.”

Bobek says the zookeepers “had given up any hope she could get a baby”.

As the birth on Saturday afternoon was smooth and both mother and newborn have been doing well, visitors have been already allowed to see them. The baby’s gender is not yet known.

The gorillas are among the most popular animals at the zoo. Tens of thousands of people watched the birth of another gorilla online in 2007.


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