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News in brief: 16 migrants found in container on ferry

SIXTEEN people have been found in a lorry on a ferry travelling from France to Ireland. They were discovered when a guard heard banging coming from a ‘sealed trailer’ on a Stena Line ferry en route to Rosslare from Cherbourg. All were reported to be in ‘good health’ and they were moved to a private passenger lounge, the ferry company said. Two ambulances and several police cars drove onto the ship’s vehicle deck shortly after it docked at 3.30pm yesterday. Immigration officials searched the ship as part of their investigation.

Brain study lifts hope of cure for alcoholism

COMPULSIVE drinking has been found to be controlled by a circuit in the brain in mice, raising hopes of a cure for alcoholism. US researchers found they could use the circuit to accurately predict which mice would become alcoholics ‘weeks before’ their addiction started. Neuron activity discovered between two regions involved in behavioural control and responding to adverse events was a biomarker for predicting compulsive drinking. By turning it on or off, the team could either increase or reduce boozing.

Teacher suffers anaphylactic shock from therapy dog

A GEOGRAPHY teacher had to be treated for an allergic reaction to her school’s new therapy dog. Angela Etheredge did not come face-to-face with springer spaniel Stanley at St Anne’s on Channel island Alderney. But she went into anaphylactic shock soon after he arrived on November 11. The teacher had warned bosses of her allergy, it is believed. A parent of a pupil said: ‘It seems a very odd situation. My daughter had to miss her lessons with Mrs Etheredge.’

Loo pest stuck ‘unisex’ sign up to fool women

A SEX offender put a fake ‘unisex’ door sign on a ladies’ loo in a bid to make women think he was allowed in there. Stewart Murray, 46, covered the female sign with his pink sticker and waited outside at an Aberdeen sports centre. When a 15-year-old girl went inside, he followed and entered an adjoining cubicle. But she noticed his clothing and told her mother, who contacted police. Murray, who gave his address as HMP Grampian, admitted entering the toilets and breaking a sexual offences order. Aberdeen sheriff court deferred sentencing.

Free-roading drivers failing to tax vehicles

AN ESTIMATED 634,000 untaxed vehicles are on the roads. The figure amounts to 1.6 per cent of all traffic, down from 1.8 per cent in 2017, said the Department for Transport. But nearly half of the untaxed vehicles have been driven illegally for at least two months, suggesting that a persistent minority of motorists are intentionally failing to pay. Lost revenue resulting from non-payment has soared since tax discs were abolished in 2014. The RAC Foundation warned evasion leads to run-down roads.

Gifts Yule not want to unwrap this Christmas

A MOP, toilet seat and bag of rice are among the worst Christmas gifts given to people by their partners, a poll reveals. But buying clothes, shoes or underwear in the wrong size is the most common faux pas. Women are more likely than men to tell their partner they dislike a pressie — and far more likely to drop hints. Gifts of gym gear go down badly with men who feel it implies they are out of shape. A holiday is what 87 per cent of women and 80 per cent of men most want for Christmas, the poll for jeweller Beaverbrooks shows.

Noise is a saw point for carpenter’s neighbours

A NOISY carpenter has been warned he faces jail if he continues with late-night woodworking sessions. Paul Bennett ignored a noise abatement order imposed after his banging and sawing kept neighbour Emma Mundy and her husband and children awake. He was made subject to a more serious criminal behaviour order by Bolton magistrates, who heard that Mrs Mundy had recorded disturbance coming from his home as late as 12.57am. Bennett, 48, was also ordered to pay a total of £1,230.

Where does tuna come from? Kids are all at sea

MILLIONS of children are a bit hazy, or perhaps mayonnaisey, about where tuna comes from. Three in ten are unaware it is fish and a similar proportion fail to realise their pork chop started life with trotters and a curly tail, a new survey reveals. But nine in ten youngsters love being in the kitchen and four in five would like to learn more about preparing meals, found appliances maker Zanussi. It conducted the research as it launches weekly classes in primary schools with not-for-profit organisation Cook School.

Wanted! Dogsbody to wake us up for work

THREE wealthy flat-sharers are looking for a lifestyle happiness manager — to wake them up ‘because we don’t like alarm clocks’ and make avocado on toast for breakfast. The £15-an-hour job advertised on Gumtree by ‘James’ listed tasks the ‘perfect candidate’ would carry out at their central London pad. They include delivering juice to their office, ensuring they have Eton white shirts daily, ‘keeping an eye on the latest sneaker releases so we don’t miss out’ and ‘knowing the difference between Tom Ford and Tom and Jerry’.

NEWS BITES

■ LOW-INCOME workers’ lack of sleep due to shift patterns, stress and noisy environments could explain why they are more likely to suffer heart disease, a study by scientists in Switzerland found.

■ GOOGLE has announced its virtual assistant can now find and book UK cinema tickets in response to verbal commands. Android phone users can begin by saying ‘Hey Google’ and asking for times of showings.

■ UP TO 40 people were hit with norovirus-like symptoms after visiting a Lego fair. Organisers of The Bristol Brick Show said they were ‘devastated’. An investigation has been launched by health chiefs.

WORLD NEWS

University siege ‘nearing end’ as 22 students surrender

THE siege of Hong Kong Polytechnic University appeared to be nearing its end yesterday as a further 22 students surrendered to police. A group of ten anti-government protesters walked out together and were escorted off the campus. Three were carried out on stretchers and four were in wheelchairs. Five others, believed to be minors, came out with their parents. It is unclear how many are still inside. More than 5,000 people have been arrested since protests began in June.

WORLD BITES

■ POLICE killed 18 extremists who targeted their base in Burkina Faso. One officer died and seven were wounded in an attack in Arbinda, Soum province. The country is increasingly targeted by Daesh.

■ A GIRL aged two has died after a shooting at her home in the US. Zion Israel suffered the accidental gunshot wound in St Louis, Missouri. She is the 24th child to die in a gun-related incident in the city this year.

■ ZOOKEEPERS were on the hunt for a red panda that escaped its enclosure. The team from Saint-Martin-la-Plaine in France said it fled by climbing branches broken by snowfall and warned residents of its ‘sharp claws and teeth’.