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A Lancashire shoe recycling bin belonging to the Variety Club has been ransacked and tipped over, and is now being used as a drinking den by local alcoholics.

The Visitor website reported that the bin in Morecambe's Winter Gardens car park is normally used by members of the public to donate shoes to the Variety Club, which are then sold to raise money to take underprivileged and disabled children on special outings.

Norman Kaphan, the Variety Club's chief barker, told the website: "We hope the collection point will be back in working order as soon as possible."

The iconic milk float used in one of the most popular episodes of the Father Ted series is being pushed around Ireland as part of a 40-day, 800-mile event to raise money for Down's syndrome charities.

According to the BBC news website, bookmaker Paddy Power is sponsoring the Ted 40 event and is offering odds on the possibility that Ian Paisley, the Democratic Unionist leader, and Martin McGuinness, a leading Sinn Fein member, will join the push when the milk float goes north of the border. It is also offering odds of 250-1 against the vehicle running for president.

A pub crawl for charity on Christmas Eve in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, ended up in court after one of the participants sprayed Silly String over a police officer.

The Ballymoney Times reported that David Alan Campbell was found guilty of disorderly behaviour and fined £250. The officer was sprayed in the face with the string and, although he shouted at Campbell to stop, the spraying continued until the arrest was made.

Campbell's solicitor put the incident down to high spirits, and presumably to spirits of another kind. She said: "If ever there was a substance that is appropriately named, it's Silly String."

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