In Brief

'Serial foot-licker' arrested in Japan

Man accused of nibbling woman's heel and toes for 30 minutes - and other tall tales

101116-wd-feet.jpg

Our pick of the strange stories from around the world.

'Serial foot-licker' arrested

Japanese officials have arrested a man on suspicion of carrying out a series of sexual assaults involving women's feet. Akira Nishiyama, 56, was detained by police in Kyoto for allegedly assaulting a woman after asking her to help check the brakes on his car. When the woman sat down, Nishiyama is accused of removing her sandal, licking the sole of her foot and nibbling on her heel and toes for 30 minutes, before thanking her and letting her go. The woman says she was unable to break free.

'Vampire' attacks supermarket employee

A man is in custody i after he allegedly assaulted a female supermarket employee while claiming to be a vampire. Police say Jacob May, 21, cornered the woman in a car park in New Hampshire, told her he was a vampire and pushed her to the ground. When he was arrested, he told authorities he was a "vampire, ghost rider, Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, Mr Miyagi from the Karate Kid and a leader of a band". Police say drugs and alcohol may have been a factor.

Girl dismembered in search for missing phone

A four-year-old girl from a remote village in India has reportedly been kidnapped, killed and dismembered on the instructions of a "black witch priest" seeking to locate another villager's missing mobile phone. Parents of the 14-year-old whose phone was lost hired the priest accused of carrying out the attack with the help of two accomplices.

Recommended

Quiz of The Week: 14 - 20 May
Speculation is mounting over the publication date of Sue Gray’s Partygate report
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 14 - 20 May

Nato’s renaissance: how the world’s most powerful military alliance has taken centre stage
Long table of men at Nato summit
In Depth

Nato’s renaissance: how the world’s most powerful military alliance has taken centre stage

Curtailing abortion rights: will Republicans rue their victory?
Students protest anti-abortion measures
Talking point

Curtailing abortion rights: will Republicans rue their victory?

How the Taliban is rolling back the freedoms of the past 20 years
A burqa-clad woman
In Brief

How the Taliban is rolling back the freedoms of the past 20 years

Popular articles

The mysterious Russian oligarch deaths
Vladimir Putin has previously deployed ‘extreme measures’ to crush opposition
Why we’re talking about . . .

The mysterious Russian oligarch deaths

Depp v. Heard: what the latest battle has revealed
Amber Heard
In Depth

Depp v. Heard: what the latest battle has revealed

Is Vladimir Putin seriously ill?
Vladimir Putin
Why we’re talking about . . .

Is Vladimir Putin seriously ill?

The Week Footer Banner