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Gold medal recovered after televised appeal

A Royal Mail delivery driver found heptathlete Kelly Sotherton's sporting award in a post box after a police appeal on Crimewatch. • A Commonwealth gold medallist is “over the moon” after one of her stolen prized accolades was returned just 24 hours after an appeal by West Midlands Police. After the force made a televised app

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We're not kidding: Bleating mistaken for distress calls

We're not kidding: Bleating mistaken for distress calls

NPAS base see the funny side as a concerned person reports noisy goats. • A police helicopter responding to “cries for help” in Somerset quickly realised that it was just some goats having a chat. At around midday yesterday, the aircraft was dispatched to Cheddar Gorge to investigate a distress call that was later found to be

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Tasered pig 'not the same' after incident

Tasered pig 'not the same' after incident

The less-lethal weapon was deployed three times and, despite surviving, the animal was left shaken by the incident. • A pig owner has admitted that his pet pig is "not the same" after being tasered three times by police in France. The pig, called Josken, was the resident pet at a local café in Lannion and began its ram

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Thief knocks himself out in car theft attempt

Thief knocks himself out in car theft attempt

Man is knocked out after a botched attempt at stealing a Mercedes and then blames the owner when he comes round. • A would-be car thief made a knockout attempt to steal a luxury car after the breezeblock he threw at it rendered him unconscious. Throwing the large stone at the Mercedes parked in a street in Drogheda, Ireland, the reinforc

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Embarrassing way to celebrate fall in violent crime

Embarrassing way to celebrate fall in violent crime

Force scraps image which appeared to show an officer striking a man's elbow with a baton. • Devon and Cornwall Police scrapped a social media campaign poster for a breathalyser initiative after Twitter users pointed out that it showed what appeared to be a riot officer beating someone on the elbow with a baton. The force initially attempted

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