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Man arrested for impersonating officer at a funeral

Bogus officer led a procession and even helped direct traffic. • A man was arrested after impersonating a police officer at a funeral – leading the procession and directing traffic. Danny Ponder (pictured) served as a police officer for seven months back in 1988, but a few obvious clues gave away his charade at the servi

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Fish thief stashes swag in sports bag

Fish thief stashes swag in sports bag

Darlington man thought the Ghost Carp could survive without water for a day. • Shoplifting is a diverse, challenging and not to mention illegal vocation. There are as many fertile terrains for the shoplifter as there are shops, each requiring a different approach to pilfering their wares. One needs to adapt a strategy accordingly. Steal

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Police collar 'skeleton car' driver

Police collar 'skeleton car' driver

Student removed the doors and bonnet before driving it to the recycling centre. • The financial strain of student life can often lead individuals going to great lengths to maximise income from ad hoc sources. So when Sam Wilson, an electrical engineering student from Nottingham, decided to scrap his Peugeot 306, income maximisation was

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Force launches garden gnome ID parade

Force launches garden gnome ID parade

Police Scotland release line up of stolen garden gnomes retrieved from a vehicle. • Following an unusual haul of 33 gnomes discovered by officers when they searched a car, Police Scotland has launched an unorthodox identity parade to reunite them with their owners. It is hoped that the hapless figurines will soon be bac

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Gang goes online to boost ailing membership

Gang goes online to boost ailing membership

Organised criminals dismayed at lack of interest launch last-ditch measures. • Japan's biggest organised criminal gang has launched its own website to boost its ailing membership. Numbers are down so the country's largest yakuza syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, has also written a corporate song in a traditional folk-style extolling the y

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