Thursday, 12 November 2009 London Lite World at a glance Tysoncuffedbycopsafter airportboutwithsnapper Self-defence: Tyson cuffed in cop car 10,000kidnappedforcomplaining UP TO 10,000 people are kidnapped each year as they travel to complain about Chinas government in a lucrative industry that police refuse to stop, it was claimed today. US- based Human Rights Watch says officials pay black jails 13 to 26 a day to detain people because the officials are penalised if complaints are made. A government spokeswoman denied responsibility. Turkey plays chicken: traffic is halted by a wild turkey making its daily walk across a busy road to grab food put out for birds by families in Pennsylvania. GuiltyofTVnewsgirlshorrorkilling A BURGLAR has been convicted of murder for beating a US TV newsreader so brutally that her face was shattered and she remained unconscious until she died five days later. Curtis Lavelle Vance, 29, may face the death penalty for the assault on Anne Pressly at her home in Arkansas, US. Ms Pressly, 26, had a small role in Oliver Stones George Bush biopic, W. Hostagepriestforcedonjunglehike A 79-YEAR-OLD Irish priest released after 32 days in captivity in the Philippines told today how he hiked through jungles and slept in a swamp before his release. Father Michael Sinnott, right, was handed over to police last night. It is understood the Moro Islamic Liberation Front helped secure the missionarys release after he was seized by gunmen. No ransom was paid. Father Sinnott said: Because I am a bit old and I found hiking a bit difficult at times, I think that theyd be glad to kidnap a younger man next time. Dopeypolicesendpottoprisoners POLICE accidentally sent 11kg of marijuana to a Texas prison in a crate marked as fruit. The package was donated to the unit after it was seized from a truck that had been confiscated. Inmates unloading the package at the jail alerted guards. They were rewarded for their honesty by being strip searched to make sure they hadnt nabbed any for themselves. Super-size schools forprimarychildrenNEW super-size primary schools are being created to cater for more than 800 children at a time. The number of pupils being taught in giant primaries has risen more than 50 per cent since Labour came to power. Now councils are being forced to expand already large schools even further to ease the chronic shortage of primary places in London. And councils warn they are being forced to consider radical steps to cope with a surge in demand for state primary schools in the down- turn, as fewer parents choose pri- vate education. It means two thirds of London boroughs are now expe- riencing a shortage of places. Town halls estimate they will need to accommodate 50,000 extra pupils over the next seven years. Expanding existing schools by adding extra classes to the intake each year is becoming increasingly common. New figures obtained by the Conservatives show that there are now 40 large primaries of more than 700 pupils in London, with only 30 more across England. Eleven are in inner London and 29 in outer London boroughs, which are suffer- ing the greatest shortage of primary school places. Council leaders said in the short term town halls have little alterna- tive but to expand schools, often by building new temporary huts, to address the crisis this year. By KEVIN WIDDOP MIKE TYSON has been arrested after an alleged assault on a photographer at Los Angeles airport yesterday. The former world heavyweight boxing champ, 43, was held after the photographer, who has not been named, accused Tyson of beating him to the ground. The photographer was also arrested and taken to hospital with a cut to the head. A spokeswoman for Tyson said he had been travelling with his wife and 10-month-old child when he was attacked by an overly aggressive paparazzo. She claimed Tyson had acted in self-defence and to protect his child. An unnamed source informed the Los Angeles Times that Tyson told police the photographer struck him in an attempt to provoke him, but the photographer claimed Tyson punched him in the face and tried to take film from his camera. Airport police sergeant Jim Holcomb said: Both individuals are going to be pressing charges for battery. Trek: Fr Sinnott Picture of the day index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html56.html57.html58.html59.html