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PICTURE PERFECT

USA: Police investigating the theft of clothing and jewellery from a southern Illinois boutique arrested a woman after she posted Facebook photos of herself wearing one of the stolen items.

WSIL-TV reports that police arrested 27-year-old Danielle Saxton, of West Frankfort, earlier this month on retail theft charges. She is free on her own recognisance.

Authorities say a distinctive leopard-print dress was among the items stolen on July 11 from Mortie’s Boutique in West Frankfort.

The store’s co-owner, Kert Williams, says he posted about the stolen items on Facebook and that people who saw Williams’ posting and those of Saxton made the connection.

PIONEERING PIER

BRITAIN: The 200th anniversary of the opening of Britain’s first seaside pier is being marked this month.

Ryde pier on the Isle of Wight opened on July 26 1814, and today still stands as a reminder of the feat of Victorian engineering.

It was the original seaside pier and paved the way for dozens of others, from Dunoon in Scotland to Falmouth in Cornwall.

Carol Strong, a volunteer with the Ryde Social Heritage Group, said an all-day party will be held on the pier on July 27 to mark its anniversary.

DANGEROUS GAME

ENGLAND: An 11-year-old boy needed hospital treatment after being bitten by a venomous snake as he played football near his home.

The adder sank its fangs into Carl Jefferies’s left leg when he went to fetch a ball from a bramble bush in Farnworth, Lancashire, The Bolton News reported. He was taken to hospital with a swollen ankle, and has since suffered from vomiting and dizziness.

Carl’s mother, Kim Jefferies, said her son had been traumatised by the incident and had to take a week off school because he was so ill.

TESTING TOWN

BRITAIN: Learners gearing up to take their first driving test are twice as likely to pass in Scotland as those in London, according to analysis of driving test results by a car insurance company.

Its analysis reveals that London has the test centres with the four lowest pass rates in the country for first time test-takers. Only 31% of learner drivers in Belvedere passing the first time, while Wanstead (32%), Barking (32%) and Wood Green (33%) were the other lowest scoring centres in the capital, all with first time pass rates significantly below the national average (48%), the study by Privilege Car Insurance found.

By contrast, Scotland dominates the top of the table for successful first time novice drivers, with a 70% pass rate in Kelso Lochgilphead (69%) and Stranraer (67%).

PREHISTORIC PILFERERS

USA: Police are looking for a man and a woman caught on video stealing a baby dinosaur replica from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Officers said a young couple passed through the Prehistoric North Carolina exhibit while other visitors were in the area. They returned three minutes later and the man jumped the exhibit barrier, picked up the dinosaur casting, climbed out and put it in the woman’s bag.

The stolen polymer resin model of an Edmontosaurus hatchling is about 12in to 14in long and worth about $10,000 (€7,3000).

BUZZ BOMB

USA: A suspicious device at a US power plant turned out not to be a bomb — but it might have hurt a mosquito or two.

Security guards spotted the object at the Jim Bridger Power Plant in Wyoming, with wires connected to a small battery, and the bomb squad was called.

Sweetwater County sheriff’s officials said bomb experts looked over the device and found it was a mosquito trap. Pest officers put out the traps to check for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus.


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