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Ice rink featuring 5,000 frozen fish forced to close

Japanese theme park promises to hold memorial service for animals instead - and other tall tales

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Our pick of the strange stories from around the world.

'Frozen fish' ice rink forced to close

A theme park has come under fire after opening an ice skating rink with more than 5,000 fish frozen in the ice. Officials from Space World in Kita-Kyushu, Japan, have closed the attraction and apologised for "causing discomfort to the public" after a massive online backlash and allegations of animal cruelty. The park says it will hold a memorial service for the fish next year.

Man arrested over 'gift-wrapped weed'

Police in Ohio have arrested a man after he was discovered with more than $330,000 (£266,000) worth of marijuana wrapped to look like Christmas presents in his car. Officials say Daniel Yates, of Eureka, California, was carrying 71lbs of marijuana, 360 THC pills and a pound of hash wax oil when he was pulled over for driving too close to the car in front of him.

Gamer, 11, caught joyriding on freeway

An 11-year-old boy has been returned home safely after stealing his family's car and taking it on a late-night joyride. Police in Ontario, Canada, say the boy had been playing Grand Theft Auto and wanted to know what it was like to drive a real car. He led a high-speed chase before officers were able to perform a dangerous "rolling stop" manoeuvre to cut him off. No charges have been laid.

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