A copy of the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover used by the judge in the obscenity trial over the book in 1969 has sold for £56,000 at auction. An anonymous online bidder picked up the book, which was expected to fetch £15,000.
A leading anti-extortion activist in Sicily has been arrested on suspicion of committing extortion. Salvatore Campo, president of the Sicilian Anti-Extortion Association (ASIA), has also been charged with embezzlement and fraud.
A couple have admitted a charge of possessing stolen goods after being found sleeping in an apartment building with a stolen sex toy and packet of custard creams. Nadine Kelbie, 22, and Andrew Mason, 23, were caught with the items, which had been stolen from a flat on the floor below earlier on the
Thousands of sheep have been shepherded through the streets of the Spanish capital in defence of farmers' rights to use an ancient shepherding route. Under an agreement struck in 1418, farmers were allowed to move their livestock along a then-countryside route in exchange for a small fee.
A coven of witches have cast a hex on US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh aimed at "exposing [the judge] for what he truly is". The bizarre ritual, which has made international headlines, was organised by Catland Books, an occult bookstore in New York.
Authorities in northern India have come under pressure to prosecute a troop of monkeys who stoned a man to death. Dharampal Singh, 72, was pelted with bricks and stones by the aggressive simians and later died in hospital.
A man who allegedly dipped his rear end in a holy water fountain while high on meth has been arrested. Zachary Burdick, 21, is said to have disgraced himself in the Spirit of Life Church in Mandan, North Dakota during Mass on a Tuesday morning.
A university has begun offering a course on the law and judicial system of Harry Potter. The module is entitled “An Interface between Fantasy Fiction Literature and Law: Special Focus on Rowling’s Potterverse” and students are only eligible to sit the course if they have read all t
The estate of singer Prince has issued a statement requesting that US President Donald Trump stop using the song Purple Rain at rallies. At recent events, including one in Mississippi, the playlist has featured the track, word of which reached the late artist's estate.
Students have been given a list of offensive costumes they have been told not to wear for Halloween, including cowboy outfits. Also in the list of proscribed dress, issued by Kent University's student union, are the clothes of priests, nuns, Nazis, Crusaders, ISIS bombers, Native Americans, Israeli
A Northern Ireland man has been hospitalised after he allegedly tried to steal a diamond ring – by swallowing it. Ian Campbell, 54 from Newry, is accused of gulping down the £30,000 gem in a jewellery shop after he initially tried to leave with it clenched in his fist.
Police are searching for thieves who stole a whole vineyard of grapes. The thieves made off with their grape haul by "running a professional harvesting machine over the entire vineyard", police in southern Germany told the Rheinpfalz newspaper.
A mafia hitman testified against his former colleagues is suing a TV network over a drama which revealed his past to his teenage daughter. Pasquale di Filippo spent ten years in jail after admitting to four murders, but helped convict other mafia bosses and was granted a new identity on his release.