It may be costing close to a billion pounds but London’s newest skyscraper is set to be something of an embarrassment for the designers. Critics of the £800m Spire London building, that is set to dominate the capital’s skyline when it is built in London’s docklands, say that it looks like male genitalia when viewed from above.
A pair of beachgoers who posed while standing on top of a turtle as if they were SURFING could face a fine of £12,000 for their antics.
Colin Danes is celebrating his magic century by spending 27 months at Her Majesty’s pleasure for a range of offences. The 40-year-old was caught breaking into a vet’s, a campsite and a building site and pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary at Taunton Crown Court in Somerset. Judge David Ticehurst was full of damning praise for Danes, who has a charge sheet that goes back to when he was 14, at his latest sentencing.
Shoppers in a branch of Wilko were shocked when a man used a pair of bolt cutters to cut off his big toe - before reportedly EATING it in front of them. Eyewitnesses inside the the Sheffield branch of the household store said the man grabbed the cutters from the shelf in the electrical aisle before mutilating his foot. One horrified onlooker said: “A man went into Wilkinson’s Haymarket, went upstairs to the electrical aisle, picked up some bolt cutters, chopped his big toe off and stood eating it.
A pair of pit bulls who were cruelly abandoned in the middle of the road found comfort in the arms of a passing police officer. Patrick Hennessey was on his way to work in Orange County, Florida, at 4.30am when he noticed the two dogs huddled up to each other. One of the dogs was injured and they were both scared and confused.
A gay man has won a lengthy court battle against the Metropolitan Police after it failed to investigate his claims of homophobic abuse by a neighbour. David Cary alleged that the force discriminated against him on the grounds of his sexuality because it did not properly examine his complaint in 2007. The case was due to be heard in the Court of Appeal but Scotland Yard has now agreed to compensate Mr Cary and apologised to him ahead of a decision on Monday, admitting it could have handled his complaint “more professionally and sympathetically”.
The mystery of why Chinese tourists have been flocking to the Oxfordshire village of Kidlington for months has finally been solved. Residents have been left baffled as to why their homes were suddenly the centre of attention for groups of sightseers who battled to take selfies in front of their homes and gardens. Some locals believed they were there because of the area’s connection to Inspector Morse - but the real reason is a lot sweeter.
Tory Grandee Lord Heseltine has shockingly claimed he killed his mum’s pet Alsatian after it became aggressive when he tried to stroke it. The former MP, who was a prominent figure in Margaret Thatcher’s government, said that he strangled the pooch, named Kim, with his own dog collar. Interviewer Charlotte Edwardes from Tatler magazine asked about the claims that he had “killed a dog with his bare hands after it attacked a child”.
Fears are growing for Kim Jong-un’s wife, who has not been seen in public for over seven months. Ri Sol-ju married the dictator in 2012, but there has been no sighting of her since March 28, when she was on a tour of a new commercial district and health complex in Pyongyang. Experts now believe that the First Lady of North Korea may be pregnant - or may have fallen out with Kim Jong-un’s younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, who is seen as the true power behind her brother’s rule in her lead role at the Propaganda and Agitation Department.
A group of men on a stag do ended up coming home with a litter of puppies after a stray dog crashed their party. Mitchel Craddock was on the traditional male getaway with his pals at cabin in woods near Huntsville, Tennessee, before his upcoming wedding. The men followed the dog to the woods where they discovered she had given birth to seven puppies and was struggling to provide milk for her litter.
The body of a mutilated and decapitated cat has been left on a war memorial in what is thought to be part of a sick annual Halloween tradition. The body of the tortoiseshell cat, called Missy, was found in the grounds of St Catherine’s Church, in Wickford, Essex on Saturday by the vicar. RSPCA inspector Marie Hammerton said: “The vet believes the cat’s body was mutilated after she had died but it’s not clear at this time how she died.
Raising money to buy a house can be extremely difficult - unless you have 20 boyfriends who would do anything for you. The woman, known only as Xiaoli, told the 20 men to buy her a brand new iPhone 7 - which she then sold to raise £14,000 for a house deposit. Proud Qiaoba wrote on the Chinese blogging forum Tian Ya Yi Du: “Everyone in the office is talking about this now.
Halloween costumes are becoming increasingly complex but sometimes all you want to do is stick on a giant cat outfit. The cat looks utterly terrified - which is probably exactly the reaction you want at Halloween. Reddit user redditmeman posted alongside the picture of the costume: “My buddy dressed up as his cat for Halloween.
A couple who were driving on the M5 were more than a little alarmed when they spotted a snake wrapped round their pet dog. Claire Breaney and Gavin Reed were on the road in Worcestershire when they noticed the serpent curling around the Great Dane’s leg. Thankfully the M5 is not in the middle of the Australian outback and the slippery intruder was nothing more than a harmless 5ft corn snake.
Christmas is set to be a time of delays and chaos for rail passengers this year as several major lines are set to close for the festive period. Network Rail (NR), which manages Britain’s rail infrastructure, is carrying out up to 200 improvement projects over the holidays, starting on Christmas Eve - which falls on a Saturday. Engineers and maintenance teams will start their work the day before Christmas and will spend four days working on upgrades before the next working day after the break.
When you’re the world’s oldest orangutan, you can allow yourself to have a bit of an attitude about life. Puan was born in 1956 and has now reached the grand old age of 60 - and her milestone was marked by Guinness World Records. Great grandmother Puan was given to the zoo by Malaysia’s Sultan of Johore in 1968 and has lived there ever since, garnering a bit of a reputation for her grumpiness.
A teenager with a tongue the size of a tennis ball fears going to sleep every night - in case he chokes to death on the huge organ. Krzysztof Wegrzyn, from Grojec, Poland, was born with a haemangioma - a benign tumour in the blood vessels of his tongue.
There’s not much better than popping open a pipe of Pringles and eating the lot when you fancy some crisps. Pringles are are made with 42% of potato - but this is apparently not enough to have it classed as a “potato crisp product”. Bizarrely this is down to the fact that the crisp - sorry, biscuit tube is an “unnatural shape”.
A snake who was stuck in a glue trap showed off his appreciation by giving a huge grin to his rescuers. The unfortunate serpent was found in a home in Portsmouth, Virginia, unable to free himself from his sticky situation. Animal control officers from the Portsmouth Police Department got to work helping the snake out by using butter to lubricate it so he could carefully be removed from the trap.
The average worker in Britain earns £357 every year - just for making cups of tea and coffee in the office. A new survey shows that office workers in the UK spend more than three working days a year in the kitchen (24.6 hours) to make their hot drinks.