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Man Drives Two Hours With Knife In His Head

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A Brazilian man drove more than two hours to hospital with a knife sticking out of his head after being stabbed at a party.

The 30cm-long blade narrowly missed Juacelo Nunes’ left eye and passed through his mouth into the right side of his jaw, the G1 news website reported.

“The knife passed through several nerves and veins, structures that can quickly kill a patient” Gilberto Albuquerque, the director of the hospital in Teresina, said.

The knife was removed and given to police who are investigating the attack, the doctor told G1.

He added that the 39-year-old was recovering surprisingly well.

Mr Nunes also suffered two knife wounds to his throat, shoulder and chest when he was stabbed after an argument at the party in Agua Branca, more than 60 miles from Teresina, in northeastern Piaui state.

Juacelo Nunes who drove to hospital with a knife in his head. Pic: GLOBO/G1

The motorcycle taxi driver said he got into a dispute with a man who then called three others to attack him.

“I did not see the moment of the stabbing, but at no time fainted and remained conscious even with pain,” he said.

“I thought I would die and only came to believe when I saw what happened to me, because if someone told me I would not have believed it.

Mr Nunes’ wife said she was shocked when she saw him with the knife in his skull.

“I did not believe when I saw my husband like that,” Francisca Pereira said. “I thought he was going to die. It was a miracle.”

The couple now plan to spend New Year at home with their family. 

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CCTV: Attempt To Blow Up Cashpoint Backfires

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Police are hunting a man who was caught on CCTV trying to rob a cashpoint using explosives.

The footage was released by officers in the Australian city of Darwin as they appealed for the public’s help in trying to trace the would-be thief.

The man, wearing a shirt over his face as a disguise, was pictured using a match to light the explosives, which he had attached to the cash machine.

There was then a large explosion and the man was knocked off his feet.

He then tore off the shirt before fleeing the scene in the northern suburb of Winnellie.

Police said the man’s behaviour was extremely dangerous and believed he was lucky that he did not suffer serious injuries.

The ATM was badly damaged in the raid with parts scattered on the ground.

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Santa Baby! Cops Deliver Newborn On Train

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Two police officers helped deliver a Christmas Day baby on a train in Philadelphia.

Sergeant Daniel Caban and Officer Darrell James boarded the Market-Frankford subway train after receiving an emergency call.

They soon discovered there was no time to get the woman to hospital – and instead they helped her deliver a healthy baby boy on the carriage.

Both mother and child were then taken to hospital in good condition.

Philadelphia baby born on train

Sgt Caban told ABC News station WPVI: “I had already opened all my presents. I didn’t know I had another one waiting for me around 5:53 this afternoon!”

Officer James added: “They tell us there will be crazy days. They never told me it would be on Christmas Day now, but all in all, this is a blessing.”

The pair’s boss was quick to tweet his delight at the delivery.

“Transit Police SGT and PO deliver baby on Market Frankford El train!!!! WOOHOO!!! Now that’s a Christmas gift!!!” posted SEPTA chief Thomas J Nestel III.

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Belgian PM Pelted With Fries And Mayo

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Belgium’s prime minister has laughed off an incident in which he was pelted with chips and squirted with mayonnaise.

Charles Michel was speaking at a business event in the southern city of Namur when four female activists began shouting “Michel get out, austerity get out”.

They then rushed forward. One then threw chips at the 39-year-old PM, while the others squirted him with mayonnaise.

The women, who were wearing masks, eventually walk out after a bemused looking Mr Michel is led away to a side room.

He restarted his speech, apologising to the audience “that I smell of mayonnaise”.

Chips are a Belgian speciality, and are often served with a heavy dollop of mayonnaise.

Mr Michel’s spokesman said he would not press charges over the incident.

He took office in October, heading a coalition that intends to raise the retirement age to 67 and introduce cuts in the public sector.

This has sparked several rounds of strikes and a number of demonstrations, including a march of more than 100,000 in Brussels which ended in violent protests that injured dozens of police officers.

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‘Scary’ Hedgehog Prompts 999 Emergency Call

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A man scared by a hedgehog in his garden and another left enraged by a vending machine feature in recordings of irresponsible 999 calls released by police.

Greater Manchester Police have issued the recordings in an effort to prevent inappropriate calls to the emergency number over the busy Christmas period.

The caller frightened by the hedgehog can be heard being reassured by the call handler that the spiny mammals are good for gardens because they kill slugs.

“Yeah, but we don’t want our slugs to get killed, we’re a bit scared,” the caller responds.

In a separate recording, a caller complains that a hospital is refusing to refund money he has put into a vending machine.

“They’ve not given it me back at the hospital so I want you to come and sort it out,” he says.

He is then heard swearing at the call handler after being told to clear the line for genuine emergencies.

Two other recordings released by police involve a man unhappy because a sports shop will not give him a refund for his trainers, and another furious over the late delivery of his pizza.

Diane Grandidge, GMP’s business lead for call-handling, said the 999 number should be used only if there is an immediate threat to life or property or if a crime is in progress.

“The Christmas and New Year period is the busiest time of year for our staff and every year we appeal to the public to be responsible in their use of the 999 emergency line,” she said.

“A large percentage of calls that are received on 999 are either non-emergency or simply calls that should not be made to the police.”

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Seal Stranded In Field In St Helens – Really

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Take the dog out for a walk and what do you expect to find in the field? A seal, of course.

Police and residents of one Merseyside town are completely baffled after one such water-loving mammal was discovered stranded in an inland field – seven miles from the nearest waterway.

The seal was spotted by a dog walker in Newton-le-Willows, near St Helens at around 9.45am on Monday.

Officers had warned members of the public not to approach the animal, which was in a field next to a main road.

He was described as “very distressed”.

Stranded seal

Pictures showed the animal looking quite sorry for itself as it lay on a muddy patch in the field.

The animal has since been contained by officers, with conservation experts coaxing him into a trailer using mackerel.

In a statement, Merseyside Police said: “Police in St Helens were called at around 9.45 this morning by a dog walker, reporting that she’d seen what appeared to be a seal in the middle of a field in the St Helens area.”

They added earlier: “Police have contained the seal and representatives from the British Diver Marine Life Rescue Service are making their way to the scene.

“Seals are powerful animals and potentially dangerous. Police are advising the public to stay away from the area.”

It is thought the animal may somehow have arrived in the field from the estuary of the River Mersey which starts at Runcorn.

The mammal is being taken to the Mersey, where it is hoped it will join a seal colony there.

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All Is Bright: 450,000 Xmas Lights On House

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A German man has comfortably outdone the neighbours with Christmas decorations, as his house is sparkling with more than 450,000 lights.

Rolf Vogt was inspired to create a Winter Wonderland after visiting the US in 1999, when he and his son were enchanted by a beautifully-lit house.

Dozens of visitors have been flocking to admire his festive display every night, and his collection of lights grows every year.

“I start at the end of July, cutting down all the shrubs and the lilacs and I gradually begin to display the first things,” Mr Vogt said.

“It always takes time for me to find where to start, because people want to see it different every year.”

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Great Escape As Truck Trundles Over Cyclist

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A cyclist had a lucky escape when he was run over by a large lorry in China.

The articulated vehicle turned right at a crossroads and collided with him in the city of Ningbo, in Zhejiang Province.

But the rider suffered just minor bruises.

Authorities blamed the lorry driver for the accident.

Not only did he fail to spot the rider, he also did not stop afterwards.

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Buddy The Dog Saves Owner From Burning Home

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By Sky News US Team

A dog has been credited with saving the life of its owner after nudging him and alerting him to a fire inside his California home.

The man told Sacramento firefighters that he was sleeping when Buddy, a chocolate Labrador, woke him up on Thursday night.

Dog Saves Owner From Burning Home

The man saw a fire burning in a bedroom in the rear of the house but was able to escape alive.

He suffered some smoke inhalation and had soot on his face, the Sacramento Bee reported.

A Sacramento Fire Department spokesman, Roberto Padilla, said the man did not recall hearing a smoke alarm, and firefighters had found no evidence of a working smoke detector in the house.

Mr Padilla said the home had significant damage.

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Punch-Up At Parish Council Captured On Video

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Video has captured the moment a parish council meeting descended into a brawl after a row over allotments.

Police had to be called to restore order after the fracas at the Briercliffe with Extwistle Parish Council session in Lancashire.

Footage shows an argument about waiting lists grow increasingly heated, with one woman heard claiming a man at the meeting swore at and threatened her.

Council members are shocked as the brawl begins

The camera is turned around to show a contractor for the council and a former councillor’s husband coming to blows.

Others step in to separate the pair as they continue to scuffle, before a member of the council abandons the meeting.

Former parish councillor and IT specialist Paul Prince, who captured the footage, said police arrived soon after and were now investigating the video.

“It was a bit like ‘Carry On Parish Council’ really,” he said.

A parish councillor declares the meeting over

“There was a bit of shouting and then I turned round and the place erupted. There are occasionally disagreements at these meetings, but they are normally sorted out amicably.

“I spoke to one chap who has been going to parish council meetings for 26 years and he’s never seen anything like it.

“I think it just shows the level of frustration that people feel. The allotments are very sought after and some people have been on the waiting list for years.”

Mr Prince said he hoped coverage of the meeting would prompt more scrutiny of the Parish Council ahead of the next scheduled meeting in January.

“I think we’ll be able to sell tickets for the next one,” he said.

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