Dear Hooligan

Swiss police sent letters to around 300 known football hooligans warning them that no violence would be tolerated during EURO 2008. The letter said: "We know that you are someone who does not always hold fast to to the rules in sports events. Therefore, to our knowledge, you have been banned from the stadium or served with other measures. We wish you too could enjoy this major sports event in a sportsmanlike and festive fashion."

As it began politely, the letter also concluded amicably: "We hope that we would only encounter each other in a pleasant manner. In case you have any questions, please get in touch with us."

New Shoes! Lost Car...

A Romanian woman was "so excited" to try out the new shoes she had just purchased, that she forgot her car in a supermarket car park and reported it stolen.

Madalina Nesan, 29, alerted the police when she couldn't find her car outside her flat in Contansta, but called back the next day to explain the confusion. She had driven to a nearby supermarket but when she finished shopping, left on foot to try out the new footwear she had just purchased.

R u 4real?

Pat and Sheena Wheaton from New Zealand were blocked in their bid to name their baby son '4real'. Mrs Wheaton told TV reporters: "Most of us have to look in a book when we try to figure out what our names mean, and there's no direct link between the meaning and the name. With this name, everyone know what it means."

New Zealand's Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, told the parents that names beginning with a number were agains the rules but negotiations have been opened under a policy that says all unusual names must be given case-by-case consideration.

The Ladder of the Law

A Romanian judge has ruled a man must use a ladder to get into his first floor flat because his neighbor owns the ground floor entrance.

Eugen Dimitrescu, 70, had been using the entrance for years until he fell out with the family living downstairs. Now, following the ruling, he has to climb 15ft up a ladder to get into the sitting room window of his apartment... but he's preparing to appeal.

"I will take this to the very top," he vowed. "I cannot go on living like this. Passers-by see me on the ladder and think I'm a window cleaner and ask me if I can come and clean their windows."

Dear Santa...

Police in Marignane, near Marseille in France, had their wish granted after writing to Father Christmas. They wrote to Santa after being told there was not enough money in the town budget to replace their ageing police cars.

The letter read: "Dear Santa, our cars can't handle the job any more. If you think we are exaggerating, you can try out the cars yourself. Even your sleigh is better than one of them."

Local authorities finally dediced to put up the cash to buy new cars after seeing the letter published in a local paper.

"Flying Car" Hits Church Roof

A Skoda ended up getting wedged in a church roof after flying 100ft in the air. The 23-old year driver was reportedly speeding up a slope before the incident occurred.

Firefighters spent two hours freeing the man at the Church of Our Lady in the village of Limbach-Oberfrohna, Germany. Physics experts will help police figure out how the car was able to "take off'." A policeman said: "The driver was very lucky."

Certified Heart Breaker

A 72-year-old Malaysian man married for the 53rd time and insisted he was no playboy despite some marriages lasting just days. Kamarudin Mohamad's latest betrothal was also his first. He remarried his first "ex-wife" after divorcing her in 1958. In between, he married 51 other women, including an Englishwoman and two Thais.

He said all his previous marriages ended in divorce, except his last wife who died of cancer. "My shortest marriage lasted for two days several years ago and the longest was with my last wife, a Thai woman from Songkhla, with whom I was married for 20 years."