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Skateboarding dog disperses angry protesters

Crowds gathered outside a Ukrainian city hall were mesmerised by the British bulldog's tricks…and then went home. • Forget water cannon - the latest public order crowd dispersal tool is apparently Sam the skateboarding dog. Protesters in Odessa, Ukraine, were reportedly transfixed by the pooch that manoeuvred through the gathering outsid

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Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal turns police officer

Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal turns police officer

Former Miami Heat player will mostly be conducting work in the community and hopes to become a role model for children. • Retired basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal has been sworn in as a reserve police officer in Florida. The 7ft, 23st former NBA star is now an officer for Doral Police and will mostly be carrying out community based

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Telephone 'kidnap' scam fails to convince police

Telephone 'kidnap' scam fails to convince police

Fraudsters make three calls to separate officers claiming they had their son and would beat him unless they paid £25,000. • Telephone scammers who made calls demanding ransom money were caught out when they tried it on police - three times in the same day. The conmen made calls to Kwun Tong Police Station, in Hong Kong, demanding cash i

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Officer's in-car Taylor Swift performance goes viral

Officer's in-car Taylor Swift performance goes viral

Pop star herself has endorsed the performance after the force initially issued a tongue-in-cheek apology to her for posting it. • A video of a US police officer miming along to a Taylor Swift song while behind the wheel has proved incredibly popular. The 90 seconds of footage shows Master Corporal Jeff Davis on patrol giving his all to th

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Chinese police in action hero poster campaign

Chinese police in action hero poster campaign

The impressive scenes featuring officers from Fuyan Police are definitely "not staged". • Police in China have pitched themselves as the country's latest action heroes in a new series of promotional posters. One showing officers brandishing automatic rifles superimposed against a snowy mountain scene states "wherever there is da

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