A burglar raiding a farm was caught by police – because he stopped to feed a llama called Larry. James Fisher of Duffryn, Newport, was captured on CCTV at Raglan Farm Park and identified by officers. The 30-year-old was jailed for two years at Cardiff Crown Court after admitting six raids that netted him a £6,000 haul.
Metro (Amanda Welles)
Home sweet home
A bus was evacuated in Bedminster after a man threw a cheesecake at the driver. He chucked the strawberry-flavoured dessert when the 24 service stopped outside an Asda. A Reddit user posted: “On the replacement, less cakey bus, I heard someone explain the incident with the phrase: ‘Bedminster, innit.’”
Bristol Live (Julian Baggini)
A woman is planning a nearly naked horse ride through the streets of Gloucestershire to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Christie McLean said: “This is taking me well out of my comfort zone as it goes without saying, I sport a fair amount of love handles, cellulite, a muffin top and gravity has taken over.”
Stroud News (Daragh Brady)
A cat who piled on weight during the lockdowns when his owners gave him extra treats has been put on a special diet and exercise programme.
Colin weighed 1st 5lb, almost double an average adult cat’s weight, when he arrived at the Cats Protection centre in Norfolk.
Yorkshire Post (Michael Meadowcroft)
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This article appears in the 26 May 2021 issue of the New Statesman, The new Toryism