Man arrested after shooting himself in the leg

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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Dozens of English and Welsh police forces have seen increases in firearm offences over the past decade
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A US man facing firearm charges told officers he accidentally shot himself in the leg while dreaming that an intruder was breaking into his home, Fox News reported. Lake County Sheriff’s deputies were called to his suburban home in Chicago, Illinois, following a report of a person with a gunshot wound. The man told investigators he “had a dream that someone was breaking into his home” and during that dream he “retrieved his .357 Magnum revolver and shot at who he believed was the intruder”. Investigators found that his state firearm owner’s identification card had been revoked.

Route 666 renamed in Poland

Passengers “taking the highway to Hel” in Poland will no longer be able to travel on bus route 666, said Sky News. Transport operator PKS Gdynia has announced the route’s title will be changed to 669 after pressure from religious groups, who objected to the satanic number. The management board “buckled under the weight of letters and requests that were sent to us”, said spokesperson Marcin Szwaczyk, “maybe not in large numbers, but cyclically for many years with a request to change the line number”.

Message in a bottle from 1989 found

A woman in Quebec has discovered a message in a bottle that had been hurled out to sea by a Newfoundland man 34 years earlier. Trudy Shattler was strolling on the beach near her Pagouatchiou cottage when she found a bottle on the rocks containing a note that was dated 29 May 1989. “I was so excited,” she told SaltWire. “I mean, what I’m looking for all the time is a note in a bottle.” After she shared the news on Facebook, it eventually reached the son of the man who wrote the note.

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Chas Newkey-Burden has been part of The Week Digital team for more than a decade and a journalist for 25 years, starting out on the irreverent football weekly 90 Minutes, before moving to lifestyle magazines Loaded and Attitude. He was a columnist for The Big Issue and landed a world exclusive with David Beckham that became the weekly magazine’s bestselling issue. He now writes regularly for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, Metro, FourFourTwo and the i new site. He is also the author of a number of non-fiction books.