A weekly round-up of rural rumpuses
Saturday 23 September 1995
A dead duck caused upset in Giggleswick, north Yorkshire. Gertrude, who had lived in the town for five years, was mown down while crossing Main Street. She left eight ducklings. No one has owned up to the killing, so a "wanted" poster has been stuck in the post office asking for information as to the motorist responsible. Postmaster Alan Barclay said: "Together with her drake boyfriend, Donald, Gertrude would waddle up to the post office daily and tap the door with her bill before being allowed in... She was a real character."
A man who kept the head of a badger in his deep freeze was freed from jail. James Pipes, 21, of York, had been jailed for three months a week before for possessing part of an endangered species, but he successfully appealed on the grounds that the sentence was too severe. Pipes had said he found the animal's body on a river bank, and took the head home to mount on the wall. But Judge John Cotton said: "There seems to be an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, and the suspicion that Pipes is covering up for somebody."
- 1 BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 4 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
- 5 German man found living with 300 rats in tiny apartment
BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
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Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Budget 2015: George Osborne to axe subsidies for higher income earners in social housing
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
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