Here is the second entry in our new series collating some of the most intriguing stories from across our local and regional press. We are planning to run these blog-posts every Friday, but you can also follow Local Interest on Twitter for updates throughout the week:
Grimsby: Two consignments of radioactive dried mushrooms have been seized at the Humber Sea Terminal. They were imported from Bulgaria via Holland, and are believed to have been contaminated by fallout from Chernobyl.
Gosport: A 78-year-old cyclist pursued but could not catch the young man, also on a bicycle, who snatched her handbag as he rode past. So far, the police have also failed to catch him.
Dorset: A 16-month-old rough collie dog has survived a 110-foot fall off West Cliff.
Bolton: A 22-year-old man has been jailed for ten months after punching unconscious the driver of a car he mistook for a taxi.
Liverpool: A taxi driver in Halewood has had his forearms tattooed with ink containing his late grandmother’s ashes.
Hartlepool: A new camera car has been responsible for 438 parking tickets, worth £26,280, in its first month of operation. It cost the borough council £40,000.
Worcester: A homeless man has been fined £120 after telling a traffic warden to ‘get a proper job’.
Scampton, Lincolnshire: A decorated village bus shelter, originally intended to mark the turn of the Millennium, has been opened with a Red Arrows flypast.
Stansted: A pig has been rescued after getting its head stuck in a feeder. The operation required ten firefighters and two engines.