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HOT-STRIPPER: A Welsh male stripper is being investigated as a suspected spy after setting fire to a car in Moscow “to cheer himself up”.


Alistair Penney, a 38-year-old dancer from Cardiff, was arrested as he ran from a burning Mercedes Benz in a suburb that has seen a spate of arson attacks on cars.

A video released by Russian police showed Penney wearing a broad grin as he struggled to explain in broken Russian why he had set fire to the car. “I’m called Alistair,” he tells questioning officers. “I speak little, bad but I learn.”

Police said that Penney had initially denied involvement until two lighters and a can of furniture polish were found in his pocket.

Russian newspapers quoted police sources as saying that they were suspicious of the way Penney had contradicted himself and suggested that there were other indications that pointed to the fact that he could be a spy.–– Ananova.

BUM-WEDDING: A bride is suing a designer after her £2 000 wedding dress came apart on her big day, leaving her bum on display at the altar.

The 30-year-old woman, who cannot be named due to Italian privacy laws, claims her big day was ruined by the poor stitching, reports the Daily Telegraph.

According to the writ the bride was left in tears and the priest was left not knowing where to look. The incident happened at Chiavari on the Italian Riviera. Details of the writ emerged after an initial hearing at the civil court, in nearby Genoa.

The woman is claiming damages of £20 000 from the designer, who was not named but is based at Rapallo, 20 miles from Chiavari.

Her lawyer Alberto Figone said: “This was supposed to be the biggest day of my client’s life but it turned out to be the worst, her wedding was ruined. She was left extremely embarrassed because the stitching of her dress came apart at the altar, slid down and revealed her bottom to the whole congregation.”

“The priest concluded the ceremony and the couple were married but of course she was not able to take any proper photographs of the ceremony because she was semi-naked.

“As a result, she has decided to sue the shop in Rapallo that made the dress for moral damages as well as financial damages, and the request is 23 000 euro.”

The couple have since separated. –– Ananova.

SORRY!: A prisoner who escaped from a US jail left a toilet paper origami flower behind as his way of saying sorry.

When he was later recaptured, Luis Camacho-Mendoza said leaving the flower was an “act of remorse”, say police. Camacho-Mendoza escaped from a detention centre in Crawford County, Arkansas, reports the local Times Record newspaper. He was found a day later hiding in a cupboard at a nearby house after a tip-off and arrested by a SWAT team who returned him to custody.

Ken Howard, of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, said his head and most of his upper-body were tucked in a pillow case and the rest of his body was hidden by a pile of clothing when he was found.

“But he wasn’t hiding too good because you could see the outline of his head in the pillow case,” Howard said.

Camacho-Mendoza was supposed to be performing kitchen duties in prison when he used a tool to manipulate locks on a kitchen door that led to the outside world.He left behind a rose he made from toilet paper which he later said was a gift to jail administrator, Capt Jeff Marvin.

“When we asked him about that, he said he felt sorry for the captain for escaping,” Howard said. “The flower looked pretty nice.”

Camacho-Mendoza is being held at the detention centre after he was arrested on suspicion of drug offences. He faces deportation to Mexico. ––Reuters.

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