QUIRKY WORLD ... Stolen JCB digger used to steal five-figure sum

ENGLAND: Ram-raiders have escaped with a five- figure sum after using a JCB digger to smash a cash machine from a wall.

The cash machine was loaded onto a waiting van, which left the scene with a red car, believed to be an Audi. The stolen digger was left at the scene.

The gang also smashed the window of a nearby red Kia Cee’d. Up to eight suspects may have been involved in the theft outside Martins newsagents in Prentice Place, Harlow, Essex police said.

Detective Inspector Jim Adams said: “We are especially keen to hear from anyone who saw the JCB, which is not the usual sort of vehicle to be seen on public roads late at night.”

Carving recovered

FRANCE:

A nearly 3,000-year-old carving stolen more than four decades ago from a remote area of southern Mexico has been recovered in France.

The Olmec carving, dating to around 900 BC, had been chipped off the rock face where it was discovered, sometime between its discovery in 1968 and 1972, when the initial research team returned to the area.

It resurfaced recently in France under unclear circumstances.

Dominique Michelet, a French archaeologist at the CNRS research centre involved in recovering the piece, said the carving is believed to represent a priest.

It will be returned to Mexico for restoration and public display.

Cops on the hop

ENGLAND:

A crafty kangaroo has avoided police capture after going on the hop.

The Australian marsupial was spotted in the Dursley area of Gloucestershire on Saturday night, and police appealed for its owner to come forward.

A group of wallabies is kept at Woodchester — about eight miles from Dursley — and some have been seen bouncing around the village over the past five years.

On its Facebook page, Gloucestershire Police posted: “Bit of an unusual one. If anyone has lost a kangaroo in the Dursley area please contact us on 101 and quote incident 462. We have found one!”

Baby Ruth

USA:

A woman who went to see US baseball team the San Diego Padres left as a brand new madre.

The baby boy was born during a game against the San Francisco Giants, the first in the ball park’s 11- season history.

Capt Joe Amador, of the city’s fire and rescue department, said firefighters had been called for pregnancy medical aid, but the park’s own medical team took care of the birth.

The Padres later tweeted that a great crowd of 31,137 enjoyed the game — not including the baby boy born around the third inning.

Hopping into record books

ENGLAND:

A stroke survivor is hoping to break a world record with a hopping mad challenge.

Martin Mienczakowski is planning an attempt on the Guinness World Record for the furthest distance travelled on a space hopper in 24 hours. The current record stands at 8km.

Mr Mienczakowski, from Bedminster, Bristol, is taking on his madcap challenge at the city’s Kip Keino Stadium on October 31 to raise funds for the Stroke Association.

Dead man sleeping

USA:

A man feared dead along a Pennsylvania highway was just napping, state police said.

Several motorists called Northampton County 911 dispatchers when they saw the man’s body along Route 33 in Wind Gap, which is about 120km north of Philadelphia.

However, troopers who responded say they found the man was homeless and merely sleeping. They woke him up and he left the area without incident.

Police said the man was lying against a guard rail near a highway exit.

Motorists have to slow down to use the ramp, which is why police believe so many drivers saw the man and called 911.

Spider baby

USA:

A man with an apparent case of arachnophobia caused a fire at a suburban Detroit gas pump by putting a lighter to what he says was a spider’s nest near his fuel door.

Saturday that he escaped injury and his vehicle suffered little damage, but the gas pump was destroyed. A clerk shut off the pump from indoors and called the fire department.

The motorist can be heard on the surveillance video at the Center Line station asking: “Is that a spider in there?” The video then shows flames erupting along the car’s side, the pump and the pavement. The man darts to safety and later uses a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.

A spider is not seen. The clerk says he apologised the next day.


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