Muslim prisoners may sue over ham
Muslim prisoners are considering suing the authorities for £2 million after they were offered ham sandwiches to eat during the holy month of Ramadan.
The inmates at HMP Leeds, a category B local prison, claim that their human rights have been breached as a result.
However, the Prison Service, which yesterday confirmed the incident, said it was a mistake which was "corrected immediately".
It said Muslim prisoners had been given "inappropriate" menu cards for their packed lunches but denied that any had actually been given ham sandwiches.
A spokesman said: "Guidelines state that prisoners must have a diet which meets the requirements of their religion."
Islam forbids Muslims to eat ham and pork, and prisoners reportedly said the incident was made worse because it happened during Ramadan, which took place between Sept 13 and Oct 12.
Leeds Prison holds more than 1,200 male prisoners, of which more than 200 are Muslim.
Another slant on everyone rides the village bike.
Man who had sex with bike in court.
A man has been placed on the sex offenders’ register after being caught trying to have sex with a bicycle.
An object of lust?
Robert Stewart was discovered in his room by two cleaners at the Aberley House Hostel in Ayr, south west Scotland, in October last year.
On Wednesday Mr Stewart admitted to sexual breach of the peace in Ayr Sheriff Court, where depute fiscal Gail Davidson described how he had been found by the hostel workers.
She said: "They knocked on the door several times and there was no reply.
"They used a master key to unlock the door and they then observed the accused wearing only a white T-shirt, naked from the waist down.
"The accused was holding the bike and moving his hips back and forth as if to simulate sex."
Both witnesses, who were extremely shocked, notified the hotel manager, who in turn alerted the police.
Mr Stewart was placed on the sex offenders’ register but his sentence was deferred until next month.
He is not the first man to be convicted of a sexual offence involving an inanimate object, however.
Karl Watkins, an electrician, was jailed for having sex with pavements in Redditch, Worcs, in 1993.
Stripped to the Skin Sleepwalking Streakers with Stiffies, Stalk hotel Staffers.
Hotels train staff for naked sleepwalkers
Workers at a leading chain of budget hotels are being given advice on how to deal with naked sleepwalkers after an increase in the number of guests found wandering around in the night with no clothes on.
A study by Travelodge found a seven-fold increase in sleepwalking customers in the past year, to more than 400 cases — almost all of them men.
Many sleepwalked naked into the reception area asking for a newspaper, or saying they wanted to check out. One naked guest was arrested after being locked out of the hotel.
Chris Idzikowski, of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, said: "These figures are a surprise.
"Sleepwalking can be triggered by a stressful lifestyle, sleep deprivation, alcohol abuse or not breathing properly during the night."
Travelodge said it was sending a guide to its staff on how to deal with sleepwalkers, such as keeping a supply of towels in reception to help preserve a guest's dignity.
Leigh McCarron, Travelodge's sleep director, said: "We have seen an increased number of cases over the years so it is important that our staff know how to help sleepwalkers when it arises."
What arises, their todger I bet?
Saturday, 27 October 2007
To advise that Vest (Les Bowyer) passed away this morning. Regards, Chris (Son).
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