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PostPosted: 05-12-2013 17:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kiss Me Deadly comes true?
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PostPosted: 07-12-2013 15:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe it was just bad luck rather than being dumb. The truck may not have had radiation hazard markings.

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Mexico men detained over Mexico radiation truck robbery
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25273457

All six men were admitted to hospital after showing signs of radiation poisoning

The authorities in Mexico have detained six men suspected of stealing a truck earlier this week carrying medical equipment including a radioactive element.

The suspects had been admitted to a hospital in Hidalgo state with possible symptoms of radiation poisoning.

The truck was stolen on Monday as the driver made an overnight stop on the outskirts of Mexico City.

It was found abandoned two days later on a nearby field.

The Mexican authorities said the protective case containing the radioactive isotope - Cobalt-60 - had been tampered with.

Anyone who came into contact with Cobalt-60 faced life-threatening levels of radiation, officials warned.

Hospitals in the area had been told to look out for people with symptoms of radiation poisoning.

The six men, aged from 16 to 38, have undergone tests at the General Hospital of Pachuca, said Hidalgo Health Secretary Pedro Luis Noble Monterrubio.

"None are showing immediate signs of radiation poisoning," said Mr Noble.

They have been discharged by doctors but have been handed over to Mexican police.

The truck was carrying radiotherapy material from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana for disposal.

Its driver said he had stopped on Monday night to rest at a petrol station in the town of Tepojaco, outside Mexico City, when he was attacked by two men.

He was forced out of the vehicle at gunpoint and thieves took the truck away, probably unaware of its contents.

The radioactive material was discovered on Thursday near the town of Hueypoxtla, officials from Mexico's National Nuclear Security Commission (NNSC) said.

It was barely 2km (1.4 miles) from where the lorry had been stolen.

NNSC official Mardonio Jimenez said the radioactive source had been "removed from its container and left between 500m and 700m" from the vehicle.
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PostPosted: 08-12-2013 22:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Burglar asked police for directions in Carlisle
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-25264103

A "dishevelled" pair who flagged down a police car to ask for directions after a burglary have been jailed.

Craig Weaver and Hazel Lowe were arrested after officers in Carlisle became suspicious. It was later found that a house had been burgled.

Weaver, 34, from Alexander Street, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to three years.

Lowe, 34 of no fixed address, was jailed for a year after admitting two offences of handling stolen property.

The pair stopped the police car late at night and asked for directions to the train station.

Officers became suspicious and searched their bags.

It was then found that a house in Dalston had been burgled, and items had also been taken from a car.
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PostPosted: 11-12-2013 12:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

ramonmercado wrote:
Maybe it was just bad luck rather than being dumb. The truck may not have had radiation hazard markings.

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Mexico men detained over Mexico radiation truck robbery
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25273457

All six men were admitted to hospital after showing signs of radiation poisoning

The authorities in Mexico have detained six men suspected of stealing a truck earlier this week carrying medical equipment including a radioactive element.

The suspects had been admitted to a hospital in Hidalgo state with possible symptoms of radiation poisoning.
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Mexico recovers stolen radioactive material
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25332544

A robotic arm recovers radioactive cobalt-60 and deposits it in a safe container in a field in central Mexico on 10 December, 2013

A remote-controlled robot was used to secure the radioactive source

Authorities in Mexico have recovered dangerous radioactive material which was stolen last week.

Experts from the National Nuclear Security Commission used a remote-controlled robot to place the radioactive waste into a container.

The material, 60g (2.1oz) of cobalt-60 used for cancer treatment, was stolen while it was being taken from a hospital to a waste storage facility.

Six people have been arrested in connection with the theft.

The six were taken to hospital with signs of radiation exposure shortly after their arrest, but were later given the all clear by doctors.

One of the suspects was later released by police.

Opportunistic theft
They are believed to have been oblivious to the material inside the truck, which could potentially have been used to make a "dirty bomb" - an explosive device that can spread radioactive material over a wide area.

A firefighter stands next to the radiation head in Hueypoxtla, Mexico on 5 December
Police found part of the radiation therapy machine in a field in Hueypoxtla
Investigators think the thieves took advantage of a security lapse by the driver, who had stopped at a petrol station to sleep.

The theft triggered an alert by the United Nation's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which warned that the source could be "extremely dangerous to a person if removed from the shielding, or if it was damaged".

Two days after the theft, police tracked the teletherapy device down to a field near the town of Hueypoxtla in Mexico State, very close to where the truck was stolen.

The IAEA said the radioactive source contained in the device had been removed from its protective shielding, but that there was no indication it had been damaged or broken up.

The Mexican authorities say they are monitoring the area for any potential radiation exposure, and nearby hospitals have been asked to watch for symptoms of exposure.

Police believe the thieves had planned to sell the device for scrap metal.
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PostPosted: 11-12-2013 14:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robbery gone wrong
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PostPosted: 11-12-2013 20:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sure has if the poor b*gger's stuck in that loop. Shocked

I take it the crook runs in and accidentally drops his gun on the counter? Laughing
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PostPosted: 11-12-2013 21:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps he was trying not to grip it too tightly in case it went off. Laughing
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PostPosted: 15-12-2013 10:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phone thief from victim's work arrested after taking 'selfie' that showed up online
7:00am Sunday 15th December 2013

A thief who stole a mobile phone which had been left in Tesco by mistake was caught after putting his photograph on it which showed up on the victim's Google account and he recognized him as someone from his work place.
Anthony Rutter, 22, of Pengegon Parc, Camborne, was further implicated when police checked his partner’s Facebook account and found a message on it saying: “Ant has come home with a Samsung S3 for me”. Rolling Eyes
This was the type of phone which Rutter stole when he picked it up in Tesco at Camborne after the owner Marty Rogers had left it at a till.

At Truro Magistrates’ Court Rutter pleaded guilty to stealing the phone worth £400 on May 31.
Defendant, a factory worker, who had no previous convictions, had had a "moment of stupidity" when he stole it, said his solicitor Mark Charnley, and further stupidity when he subsequently put his photograph on it. He felt a proper fool for what he had done.

The magistrates gave him a conditional discharge for 18 months and told him to pay £75 costs and surcharge.

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/10876261.Phone_thief_from_victim_s_work_arrested_after_taking__selfie__that_showed_up_online/?ref=mr
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PostPosted: 17-12-2013 09:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had hoped this would be a story about Spontaneous Human Combustion, but no...

Belfast fire bomb: Man burst into flames in shop

A man, believed to be a fire bomber, burst into flames in a shop in Belfast city centre on Monday night.
He ran off with his clothes on fire through shoppers in the Cornmarket area.
The area was cordoned off for several hours while the security forces dealt with the remainder of the incendiary device.
The fire bomb attack follows two small bomb explosions in the city centre within the past four weeks.

The shop owner, Nick Pierpoint, said the man on Monday night had an incendiary device inside his coat and it ignited, setting the coat on fire.
It happened at about 18:40 GMT at the Golf Madness store in Cornmarket and Mr Pierpoint described it as "sickening".
"He seemed to be flicking at something and, I think, maybe the thing (fire bomb) had gone off and then, literally, he started to go up into flames, which obviously panicked him and panicked us, and he just ran out of the shop and ran down the street," Mr Pierpoint said.
"Obviously our first concern - no matter what his intentions were - (was) how he was, but he had absolutely scarpered and the device had fallen from him and was in flames in the street."

The area was then evacuated as Army bomb disposal officers examined the device.
The security operation, which lasted almost four hours, ended at about 22:30 GMT when the police cordon was lifted.

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Belfast City Centre manager Andrew Irvine said the attacks were "absolutely reprehensible"
However, he pointed out that traders were determined not to let them destroy their business.
"The reality is for anybody who would want to come in and do this, it's not just a question of avoiding police eyes, they need to avoid the eyes of every single person working in this city, because people are now being vigilant," he said.
He appealed for any businesses that have CCTV to check it and check their stores throughout the day and at the end of the day.

Glyn Roberts, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Retail Trade Association, said: "There is absolute utter disgust that yet again Belfast city centre is in the headlines for the wrong reasons.
"I think a message needs to go out to the people who plant these bombs - you simply will not win, you're not going to ruin our town centre and you're not going to ruin Christmas."

etc...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-25412487
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PostPosted: 17-12-2013 10:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

You beat me to that one Ryn... and maybe this makes be a terrible person, but I find that hilarious. Laughing

Don't we have a 'hoisted by his own petard' thread?
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PostPosted: 17-12-2013 12:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

BBC TV report just said he was still on fire as he fled through the streets.
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PostPosted: 17-12-2013 16:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe he misunderstood what was meant by "I'm alight" Laughing
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PostPosted: 17-12-2013 16:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing
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PostPosted: 17-12-2013 21:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Oh oh, me ears are alight". Very Happy
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PostPosted: 17-12-2013 22:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spudrick68 wrote:
"Oh oh, me ears are alight". Very Happy

Channeling Desmond Dekker. Cool
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