Dan­ish po­lice crack bench thefts, de­tain sus­pect

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - WORLD -

COPEN­HAGEN: Po­lice in Den­mark says a man is sus­pected of steal­ing 12 of Copen­hagen’s green pub­lic benches that Danes in­stantly as­so­ciate with the cap­i­tal city. In­ves­ti­ga­tor Jes­per Ceder­holm says the uniden­ti­fied Dane, who was briefly de­tained on Aug. 29, had con­fessed to steal­ing 12 benches out of a to­tal of 65 benches that have gone miss­ing and sell­ing them on­line. The benches had been re­ported stolen since mid2016. Ceder­holm said Thurs­day the case would now be brought to court af­ter a three-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion. –

Cy­clist show­ered with cash for giv­ing Trump the finger

WASH­ING­TON: More than $70,000 in do­na­tions have poured into a crowd fund­ing site set up for the cy­clist who was fired from her job for mak­ing a rude ges­ture to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s mo­tor­cade. More than 3,000 do­na­tions – from $5 to $250 – have rolled in since Nov. 6, when the Go­FundMe cam­paign was set up on be­half of Juli Briskman. Briskman’s raised mid­dle finger was caught by news pho­tog­ra­phers as Trump’s mo­tor­cade passed her on Oct. 28 as he left Trump Na­tional Golf Course in Ster­ling, Vir­ginia. The im­age im­me­di­ately went vi­ral. Three days later, the 50-year-old mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive was fired by her com­pany, gov­ern­ment con­trac­tor Akima. “Thank you Juli Briskman,” wrote Rob Mello, who set up the Go­FundMe ac­count, call­ing her “an in­spi­ra­tion to us all.” –

1M pounds in gems stolen from London train

LONDON: Bri­tish po­lice were hunt­ing for an uniden­ti­fied man Tues­day af­ter a suit­case con­tain­ing 1 mil­lion pounds ($1.3 mil­lion) worth of gems was stolen from a lug­gage rack on a train at London’s Eus­ton sta­tion. The owner, a 35-year-old jew­elry dealer, boarded a train to Birm­ing­ham on Nov. 8 but when the train ar­rived at Rugby in cen­tral Eng­land, he dis­cov­ered that his Suit­case of ru­bies, emer­alds and sap­phires was no longer on the lug­gage rack. Po­lice re­leased a grainy im­age of a man who they said they would like to speak to. “I would like to speak to the man in the CCTV images about this ex­tremely high value lug­gage theft,” Det. Sgt. Nick Thomp­son from Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice said. “The suit­case was a large black suit­case and con­tained more than 40 gems such as ru­bies, emer­alds and sap­phires.” –

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