News Round Up
by Patrick O’Connor
BUREAUCRACY gone barking mad!
A Daily Telegraph story highlighted the ridiculous situation when the Crime Prosecution Service (CPS) requested a witness statement – from a police dog!
Bemused officers at the West Midlands Police Station wrote back explained that PC Peach was in fact PD Peach, stressing that PD stood for police dog but to no avail.
So the dog’s handler completed the form “as if it had been written by the Alsatian, signing it with a paw print,” reported the Telegraph.
The statement read: “I chase him. I bite him. Bad man. He tasty. Good boy. Good boy Peach.”
The Sun tells us that a cyclist claimed that he had seen a crocodile in the River Thames.
Retired lecturer Richard Smith said: “I thought it was a bit of tree, then I realised it was a crocodile. I went back but it had gone.”
Police urged people to report any sightings. But expert Shaun Foggett said it was “highly unlikely” there was a crocodile as the river was too cold for them to survive.
More animal mayhem in the Daily Mail which claims that the Royal Mail is refusing to make deliveries to homes on a housing estate in Salford because of one ‘aggressive’ dog.
Residents have been sent a letter warning them their post has been temporarily suspended for health and safety reasons after two postmen were confronted by the animal.
It apologised for the inconvenience – and told residents they would have to travel four miles to collect their mail from a delivery office.
We Brits definitely love our gadgets, says the Daily Express. We are now carrying up to £4,182 worth of gadgets, a £289 increase in value compared with two years ago, according to a new study. The typical commuter bag now contains as many as six devices, and each is worth hundreds of pounds, reports the survey of more than 1,000 adults by esure home insurance
One in four people (26 per cent) carries more than three costly items at any one time. The most popular gadget is a BlackBerry, retailing at about £400 (46 per cent), followed by a £2,200 laptop (38 per cent) and a £449 iPhone 4/4S (20 per cent).
Back to animal news and The Independent reports that Britain’s first cat café could be open within months after members of the public donated more than £100,000 to bring the Japanese idea to the UK.
Entrepreneur Lauren Pears is looking at prospective sites in the Old Street area of London with a view to opening in May.
Cat cafés are already popular in Japan, where dozens of establishments cater for people whose small apartments preclude owning a pet. Guests pay a fee to stroke the animals while they drink coffee.
The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)
Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
The Sun (www.thesun.co.uk)
Daily Telegraph (www.telegraph co.uk)