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STATION SQUEEZE: German police had to rescue a 20-year-old man from a train station suitcase locker after he shut himself in for fun and began to suffocate.

After a night out drinking with friends, squeezing into the locker had seemed like an amusing idea to the man, police in the southwestern city of Ludwigshafen said.

But the laughter faded when he started to run out of oxygen and his companions couldn’t open the locker. Police broke open the door and dragged the groggy man to safety. ––  Reuters.

PAGAN COPS: Police officers who practise witchcraft are asking Home Office chiefs to let them set up a Pagan Police Association.
Officers are already given special dispensation to take eight Pagan holidays a year, including Halloween and the summer solstice, reports The Sun.
There are thought to be more than 500 Pagan police officers in the UK and they have now met with Home Office chiefs to push for an officially sanctioned support group. –– Ananova.

SORRY BURGLER: Police in central New Jersey say they arrested a man on burglary charges after he returned to the victim’s house to apologise.
Rahway officers arrested 35-year-old Craig Fletcher on Wednesday shortly after the homeowner told them a man had just rung his doorbell, apologised for the break-in and run off on foot. –– Msnbc.

BEASTLY LENSES: A German company is making contact lenses for animals, including lions, giraffes, tigers and bears, with cataracts.
S&V Technologies, founded by Bavarian chemist Christine Kreiner, created the acrylic intraocular lenses which are custom made to fit each animal.
The firm’s happy clients include a sea lion with blurred vision at Sea World in San Diego, a formerly blind kangaroo at an Australian nature park and a partially sighted lioness at a Romanian zoo. –– Ananova.

PANTY FETISH: German police uncovered over 1 000 pairs of underpants and more than 100 pairs of swimming trunks after catching a thief nabbing another three pairs for his collection.
The 46-year-old man was caught Sunday pinching three pairs of pants from a sports hall in the western town of Gelnhausen. Police then came across the enormous collection of underwear while searching his flat.
“They were all evidently in use, but had been washed and neatly stacked away,” a police spokesman said. –– Reuters.

MONEY LOVE: A former Colorado Department of Revenue supervisor says love for her ex-boyfriend Randell led her to steal US$11 million in unclaimed tax refunds from the state.
   Michelle Cawthra testified that she deposited unclaimed tax refunds and other money in Randell’s bank accounts over two years by forging documents and creating fake businesses. She said she frequently used computer passwords of other workers so she wouldn’t be detected.
  “I did things I don’t think I otherwise would have done had I not been in love with him,” she testified. –– Ananova.

GETTING HIGH: Police said a woman defied a warning not to venture onto the second floor of a Philadelphia-area house because an alligator was kept there, and uncovered an operating marijuana lab.
   She tipped police, who searched the house in Darby, just west of Philadelphia.
  Police Chief Robert Smythe said on Wednesday the officers found heat lamps, fans, soil-testing gauges, gardening chemicals and plants that would yield very high-end marijuana. –– Msnbc.

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