Reggae star dies during raid
Media are reporting reggae star Smiley Culture has died during a police drugs raid on his home. The London-born musician — whose real name is David Emmanuel — reportedly died from self-inflicted wounds on Tuesday when police officers swooped on his home in east Surrey, Britain’s Press Association said. The reggae singer had appeared before magistrates in September last year charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine. Britain’s police watchdog said on Tuesday it had been called in to investigate an incident during which a 48-year-old man apparently suffered a stab wound and died. The watchdog said formal identification has not yet taken place. Culture shot to fame in the 1980s with hits including Cockney Translation and Police Officer.
Mega-lobster dodges pot
One of the biggest and oldest lobsters ever caught in Britain has been saved from the pot and will live out the rest of its long life in an aquarium. The massive crustacean measures close to 1m in length and weighs more than 4kg. “He’s a fantastic specimen and by his size alone he has got to be at least 50 years old,” said Lindsay Holloway of the Blue Reef aquarium in Portsmouth, southern England where the lobster now lives. “He is an amazing creature and it’s quite an achievement to have reached such an impressive age,” he said. The lobster was caught by an angler fishing for sole. Lobsters are among the planet’s oldest inhabitants with fossil remains found dating back more than 100 million years. They are also extremely long-lived with some reaching ages of over 80 years. The aquarium said the heaviest recorded crustacean is an Atlantic lobster nicknamed Mike who tipped the scales at 19kg.
Tot treated for alcoholism
Hospital authorities say they have treated a three-year-old child for alcoholism. The Heart of England NHS Trust that runs three hospitals in central England confirmed on Tuesday that a child had been treated by medical staff after being given alcohol regularly. The trust revealed the data in response to a request made under the Freedom of Information Act by a newspaper, which requested data on underage drinking.
Latvians honor SS fighters
Hundreds of Latvians gathered in downtown Riga yesterday to commemorate World War II veterans who fought on the side of Nazi Germany in Waffen SS detachments. A small group of mainly ethnic Russians also assembled nearby to protest the ceremony, which they claim glorifies fascism and discredits the Soviet Union’s enormous sacrifice in defeating Nazi Germany. A large police contingent was on hand to keep the two sides apart. Participants in yesterday’s ceremony, including a small number of veterans, were due to attend a church service and then proceed to the Freedom Monument, where they were to lay flowers and sing patriotic songs.
Clock winds up London
A giant clock counting down to the 2012 London Olympics stopped for several hours on Tuesday, less than a day after being unveiled in Trafalgar Square. The digital clock, which is made by Olympic sponsor Omega, was stuck at 500 days, 7 hours, 6 minutes, 56 seconds until workers tried to fix the problem. The clock was fixed several hours later. “It’s one of those windups set to test us, but it’s working again,’’ London organizing committee chairman Sebastian Coe said.