Gnomelessness: Police in the Dutch city of Utrecht are hunting a gang who have stolen about 100 gnomes from a private garden. The gnomes are made of concrete and weigh up to 50kg each. There was no sign of any getaway vehicle.
Rodent health risk: Vietnam's campaign against a plague of rats claimed two more victims when two women working in a rice paddy received fatal shocks from an electric rat trap. Seven other people have been reported killed in the same way, and three children have died from ingesting rat poison.