Useless Robber Hands Himself In

A luckless crook surrendered to police after four robberies flopped in the same day.

Ralf Lautenbach fled after trying to hold up two hotels which set security guards on him - and then abandoned a break in at the local tax office in Muelheim an der Ruhr.

Finally the failing would-be crook handed himself in after he was trapped in his getaway car after using it to ram a bank security cash van. "He needs a change of job," said one officer.

10.10.10, 09.09.09 and 08.08.08

An American woman beat odds of 50 millions to one -according to statistics experts- when her baby was born on 10.10.10, her third child to be born on such a special date.

New arrival Cearra Nicole Soper followed brother Cameron, who was born on 09.09.09, and older sister Chloe, 08.08.08. Mum Barbara said: 'Cearra is our little miracle. Cloe is lucky number eight. Cameron is lucky number nine and she is our lucky number ten.'

The pattern is all the more remarkable because two of the babies were born prematurely. Cearra arrived almost a month early, and Cameron was born tow weeks before he was due.

Barbara and her husband are not tempted to complete a quartet and aim for another baby on 11.11.11.

Bum Rap

Wearing low-slung trousers that show your underwear may have been a hip-hop street fashion for years. But one town in Louisiana (US) was determined to make it very uncool, by hitting pants-flashers with high fines.

Delcambre council voted that sporting saggy trousers should be classed as an act of indecent exposure. Mayor Carol Broussard warned 'People who expose themselves this way will get a $500 fine and risk six months' jail. They'll be better off in a dress.'

Some residents said the law was racially-motivated as most of the town's hip-hop devotees were black. But Broussard insisted: 'White people wear this sagging style too.'