A police spokesman said: “Officers would like to trace a man described as in his mid 20s, about 5ft 10 and medium build, with long brown hair, a beard, and wearing long robes as a fancy dress costume.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting reference CR/28667/17.
With the enjoyment of noodles comes the inevitable side-effect of the dreaded “slurp”, the scourge of polite society – the greater the enthusiasm, the more intrusive the noise.
Fears in Japan that tourists were finding the sound of local noodle slurping to be particularly objectionable led to the coining of the phrase “nu-hara”, or to put it another way, “noodle harassment”, duly proliferated by social media.
With more than a generous helping of delicious irony, Nissin Food Products’ chief inspiration for the etiquette-preserving fork is another Japanese invention – the noise-cancelling toilet.
The fork itself is 4.4cm wide and 15.2cm long and uses a microphone to detect offending slurps, which then triggers a smartphone app to “mask” the sound.
Users can judge for themselves whether the chosen sound of “soothing, flowing water” emitted by their phone is any less embarrassing than a slurp.
The gadget is only going to be made available if a target quota of 5,000 pre-orders is hit by mid-December.
Nyan htoo, an Asian brown bear, was suffering from a mysterious condition that caused his tongue to become so large it would drag along the floor as he tried to play with his brother.
Although he was first operated on in 2016, his swelling recurred, and he was left in more pain. He injured it against his teeth, and had to rest his head against the bars of his cage to support its weight.
Vets from Edinburgh University travelled to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and operated for four hours to remove 3kg of tissue from the bear’s tongue, helping him to be able to live a more comfortable life.
Nyan htoo, which means ‘bright’, and his brother, were rescued from illegal sale by a monastery in Myanmar.
One of the vets, Heather Bacon, from the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, said: “Thanks to the enthusiasm and compassion of all involved in this uniquely collaborative project, we have been able to make a tangible improvement in the quality of Nyan htoo’s life.
“And hope to continue our work in Myanmar to promote improvements in animal welfare and veterinary training.”
The team now believes he may have had elephantiasis, which has never been seen in bears before, but is common in people in that region. It is transmitted by mosquitoes.
Caroline Nelson, from Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre, said: “This was a really unusual medical condition – never before seen in any species of bear – but we weren’t about to give up on Nyan htoo.
“Now he will be able to eat much more comfortably, sleep in more natural positions and move more freely for the rest of his life.”
John Craig was fishing underwater between Denham and Cape Peron in Western Australia when his boat experienced engine problems and was swept away in strong currents.
After shouting and splashing in an attempt to alert his crew mate, Mr Craig put his head in the water and saw the 4m (13ft) tiger shark “approaching within arm’s reach”.
He then spotted a sandbar whaler shark circling behind him, and decided he had no choice but to swim for his life – a journey that would take him more than three hours.
Mr Craig told 9News: “I knew immediately that I had to try to calm down in order to survive.
“(The tiger shark) was definitely trying to work out what I was and whether I could be on the menu, but each time it approached I used my speargun to block its path.”
“The red cliffs of Francois Peron National Park were very low on the horizon and I knew it was going to be a long swim.
“The tiger shark was still curious as ever and began following me as I started swimming.
“I have to admit that at this point I thought I was gone – four nautical miles out to sea with a huge tiger shark following me – I thought this was it, this is how I’m going to die.”
Mr Craig said the tiger shark would periodically tail off before suddenly reappearing and “keeping pace with me behind my fins”.
After a while it started to cruise beside the diver “almost like a whale shark”, before it made an unexpected departure.
Mr Craig said: “For about 500 metres the shark swam on the same path as me towards the shore and then in a moment banked and disappeared completely as if to say ‘you’re OK now, I’ll leave you alone’.
“The shark was gone but I wasn’t sure it wouldn’t return.
“The next part was pure endurance, I had to swim constantly looking around from all angles to make sure there wasn’t an unwelcome visitor, with my speargun pointed behind me to stop anything grabbing my fins.”
Mr Craig made it to shore and was picked up by rescue workers, who reunited him with his wife.
Shark Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue commander Greg Ridgley said the diver’s experience made for “an absolutely incredible story”.
He told Perth’s Sunday Times: “He swam…in shark-infested waters. I just can’t believe anybody could do that. It’s such a massive effort.”
Tiger sharks are the second most deadly shark species behind great whites, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Lulu the labrador’s handler had high hopes of her becoming the CIA’s latest bomb-sniffing talent, but it was not meant to be.
It started out well, according to a “pupdate” on the CIA’s website, but soon started to go downhill.
A few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she simply “wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odours”, the blog post said.
“Lulu was no longer interested in searching for explosives,” the post said.
“Even when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself any longer.”
The post went on to say that the mental and physical wellbeing of the sniffer dogs is the CIA’s priority, so they “made the extremely difficult decision to do what’s best for Lulu and drop her from the programme”.
But it is not all bad news, as handlers have the option to adopt dogs who are dropped.
Lulu now has a new home, and spends her days chasing rabbits and squirrels in the garden – much less stressful.
It is not clear whether Lulu simply wasn’t up to the challenge of sniffing out bombs, or whether it was all part of a cunning plan to never have to go to work.
Either way, she’s happy, and so is her handler – and the CIA can now focus on its top dogs.