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It’s getting harder and harder for a crook to make a living

Reuters via Yahoo! News
An American man helped foil a burglary 4,589 miles away in northern England after spotting suspects raiding a shop whilst watching a webcam over the Internet, police said on Friday. The man from Dallas, Texas was using a live camera link to look at Mathew Street, an area of Liverpool synonymous with the Beatles as it is home to the famous Cavern Club where the band regularly played.

He saw intruders apparently breaking into a sports store and alerted local police.

“We did get a call from someone in Dallas who was watching on a webcam that looks into the tourist areas, of which Mathew Street is one because of all the Beatles stuff,” a Merseyside Police spokeswoman told Reuters. “He called directly through to police here.”

Officers were sent to the scene and three suspects were arrested.

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August 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on It’s getting harder and harder for a crook to make a living

Essex police: We are not amused.

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The Daily Mail
As protests go, it spells out the sentiments of many motorists. But police have failed to see the funny side after a saboteur started altering ‘Speed Cameras’ signs to read ‘Greed Cameras’.

At least ten are believed to have been changed using home-made stickers in Colchester, Essex, over the past two months. The suspect is believed to be someone who has recently been caught by a camera. One police officer said: ‘We are treating it as an act of vandalism. If we catch whoever is responsible, we intend to throw the book at them.’

August 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Essex police: We are not amused.

Tram driver fined for speeding

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A tram driver in Melbourne has been given an on-the-spot fine after he was caught speeding. A traffic policeman with a laser radar gun clocked the tram at 35 mph in a 25 mph zone, reports the Australian.

“It’s the first time that a member has detected a speeding tram. He said it was quite unusual,” a traffic police spokeswoman said.

The officer said the tram driver was “co-operative”, the spokeswoman added. “There was no animosity,” she said.

The driver was fined the equivalent of £85 and will lose three points from his normal driver’s licence.  Yarra Trams spokesman Colin Tyrus said the driver also would be counselled by the company and would be subject to an internal disciplinary process.

“There’s no exception for tram drivers to the speed limit,” Mr Tyrus said.

August 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tram driver fined for speeding

Homing pigeon must have had the map upside down

Ananova
A homing pigeon got lost and ended up 5,000 miles away from her British home – on a Caribbean island. Judy changed course while flying in a 600-mile race from Bourges, northern France to Northumberland, reports the Sun. Instead she landed in St Eustatius in the Dutch West Indies.

Owner John Stewart, 69, from Hadston, feared she had been lost forever until he heard she had been found. He said: “I’m glad she’s safe and in good hands – and probably having a lovely time. But I didn’t half get a shock when I found out where she was. I’m quite jealous really. I wish I was in the Caribbean rather than in Northumberland.She’s probably sunning herself on the beach.”

August 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Homing pigeon must have had the map upside down