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House of Commons officials have fitted a tamper alarm to the bust of Oliver Cromwell in order to prevent Labour MP Stephen Pound from turning it to face the wall in protest of the military and political leader's record in Ireland. Mr Pound, the MP for Ealing North, has objected to the bust for a num

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Police have apologised to a man whose £40,000 car was stolen twice in the same day, the second time from a secure police compound. Robbers armed with knives broke into the home of Phil Chambers, 30, and his fiancé to steal the keys to the Audi RS3.

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A man caught on camera licking the doorbell outside a family home for three hours in the dead of night has been charged with criminal offences. Roberto Daniel Arroyo, 33, was filmed leaning his head against the front door intercom and licking the doorbell from different angles for three hours.

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A motorist was arrested on New Year's Day after a roadside drug test showed a positive result – for all five detectable drugs. The 31-year-old man showed a positive result for the ingestion of cocaine, methamphetamine, opiates, cannabis and amphetamines.

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The US Navy has finally abandoned an archaic practice of locking misbehaving sailors in the brig with only bread and water. The so-called bread-and-water punishment was scrapped by the British Navy in 1891, but has only come to an end in the US as of the start of 2019.

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A woman who listed her "used husband" on eBay for less than £20 says she received "a lot of positive feedback" but no concrete offers. The advert, addressed to "women who may be interested", read: "Over the first two days of Christmas I have realised that we simply don't belong together any mo

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A man robbed a bank on a remote Arctic archipelago that is home to more polar bears than humans. The armed thief stole money from the bank in Norway's Svalbard, in the Arctic Ocean.

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A man has admitted stealing a dozen budgies from a woman's home before offering to help her look for the pets - while a couple of them sat on his shoulder. Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that Mohammed Rahman, 37, broke into accountant Anne Ferguson's flat with a hammer last April.

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A flight attendant who was forced to apologise on his knees to the airline chairman's daughter for serving her nuts in a bag and not on a plate has won £14,000 in compensation. Park Chang-jin was subjected to a stream of verbal abuse from Cho Hyun-ah, eldest daughter of Korean Air chairman Cho

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An absurd €19,000 insurance quote obtained by a teenager for a 14-year-old car has been decried as an "outrageous" tax on rural Ireland. Leitrem councillor Padraig Fallon told The Irish Times that an 18-year-old approached him to say he had been quoted €18,693.95 - including a €100 di

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Music star Shakira is facing prosecution in Spain for allegedly avoiding €14.5 million in taxes between 2012 and 2014. The singer - made famous in Europe by her record-breaking hit "Hips Don't Lie" - allegedly used 14 shell companies to hide income while a Spanish resident.

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Furious parents branded a Christmas grotto Santa Claus a "disgrace" after he ripped off his beard and swore at children. According to reports, the angry St Nick lost his temper after the fire alarm was triggered by a children's rave in the same building.

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A developer who tore down a historic San Francisco house has been ordered to build an exact replica - and install a plaque outside explaining what happened. Property speculators have made a game out of tearing down historically protected homes, then retroactively applying for demolition permits, and

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Neil Young has claimed victory in his pro-climate campaign against Barclaycard, who were due to sponsor his London concert with Bob Dylan. The music legend announced that the Hyde Park concert would go ahead next summer as an independent event, without backing from promoter British Summer Time (BST)

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A comedian refused to perform at a charity gig on campus after being asked to sign a contract stipulating topics he was prohibited from making offensive jokes on, including race, sex and sexual orientation. Konstantin Kisin was presented with the "behavioural agreement form" alongside an invitation

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