In Brief

Trucker fights off snake at 70mph

And other stories from the stranger side of life

An Australian trucker who was trying to fight off a highly poisonous snake while driving at 70mph along a busy road was pulled over by police on suspicion of speeding. A spokesman said later: “Although the traffic officer had heard his fair share of excuses for speeding, he soon realised this was not just another colourful tale and promptly sought medical assistance.”

Fisherman catches world war two bomb

A father who was fishing with his six-year-old son called the police when they reeled in a World War II-era bomb. Ben Austin said he and his son, Finley, were on a bridge over the River Mole in Dorking when they hooked the item. “As soon as I pulled it up, I was like ‘what is that?’ I thought ‘this is a bomb’. My son was trying to grab it and pull it up and I said, ‘no, this is a real bomb.’”

Red and white lights spotted in Leicester

There was confusion earlier this week as bright white lights appeared in the sky over Leicester. Witnesses say the lights appeared at about 11.30pm. “After about 30 seconds of me noticing them and taking a picture they turned a red colour,” one said. A spokeswoman from the UK Meteor Observation Network said: “These look like sprites to me: transient luminous events which are quite rare.”

Recommended

‘Cheerio, cheerio, cheerio’
Today's newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘Cheerio, cheerio, cheerio’

Pastry shop offers vaccine-themed mousses
A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
Tall Tales

Pastry shop offers vaccine-themed mousses

The four biggest problems on Putin’s desk
Vladimir Putin pictured in March
Behind the scenes

The four biggest problems on Putin’s desk

TikToker says we are all dead
The TikTok logo on an iPhone
Tall Tales

TikToker says we are all dead

Popular articles

What is Donald Trump doing now?
Donald Trump
In Depth

What is Donald Trump doing now?

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: 20 April 2021
10 Downing Street
Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: 20 April 2021

London mayoral race 2021: who will win?
Night Tube Sadiq Khan
In Depth

London mayoral race 2021: who will win?