Burgle bungle: Firemen had to be called out in Brasilia to cut free a burglar who had become stuck, with his trousers down, in an iron grille as he tried to break into a house. Marco Aurelio Santos had to endure the laughter of passers-by as he waited for firemen to arrive after the owner of the house had called the police. "Please, leave me alone. I'm already in trouble," he told a reporter.

Never too old: A court in Michigan has charged a 100-year-old man with criminal sexual conduct after he allegedly lured three girls under 16 to his home. "In my 25 years nothing even comes close" said a deputy police chief, commenting on the age of the defendant.