A WOMAN BOUGHT A HOUSE BY SELLING ON iPHONES SHE'D BEEN GIVEN
She sold the gifts, reportedly bought by 20 boyfriends, to make about £14,000
In what is either one of the year's greatest scams or an internet hoax, a Chinese woman known by the pseudonym Xiaoli reportedly put down a deposit on the house by selling on several iPhone 7s she'd been bought as gifts.
A blogpost written by Xialoi's colleague, and later verified by the BBC, ran through her story of using a mobile phone recycling site to make about £14,000 from 20 iPhones bought by several boyfriends.
"Everyone in the office is talking about this now," wrote the woman's colleague. "Who knows what her boyfriends think now this news has become public." The mobile phone recycling company confirmed to the BBC that they'd bought 20 new iPhones from a woman, and paid her about £700 for each one.
Xialoi wouldn't speak to the BBC directly.
POLICE ARE TRYING TO HUNT DOWN AN ACCORDION BURGLARY GROUP
About £130,000 worth of instruments were stolen back in August
On Saturday, police released CCTV images of a man they're looking to speak to who may know about £130,000 worth of accordions stolen from a shop.
The Accordion Shop – yes, quite literally – in Berkshire was robbed in August, by a group who seemed to know what they were doing. The burglars only took valuable handmade instruments, with some worth as much as £9,000. The shop owners reckon the instruments are long gone now, most likely sold on the black market in continental Europe, but the police investigation continues.
"We believe the man might have links to Port Talbot," said investigating officer PC Andrew Corbett, "so I would encourage communities in that area of south Wales to share our appeal and these pictures. If you know this man or have any other information about this burglary, please call 101 and ask for Thames Valley police, quoting reference number 43160218225."
UBER DRIVERS IN THE UK WON THE RIGHT TO BE CLASSED AS WORKERS
The company immediately launched an appeal after the landmark ruling
Uber drivers, who in the UK have been classified as self-employed, won the right to be classed as workers – though not employees – on Friday in a case brought by the GMB Union.
As workers, the drivers would be entitled to earn the national minimum wage, get holiday pay and have paid rest breaks. As self-employed contractors, they weren't.
"The overwhelming majority of drivers who use the Uber app want to keep the freedom and flexibility of being able to drive when and where they want," said Uber's UK manager. "While the decision of this preliminary hearing only affects two people, we will be appealing it."
The legal director at GMB branded the ruling "a monumental victory that will have a hugely positive impact on drivers".
THE CROYDON CAT KILLER MIGHT BE BACK
A cat was found dead on Sunday, after a recent spate of cat mutilations
Another cat was found dead in Weybridge on Sunday, in what group South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL) is calling the thirteenth feline death in as many days.
Local press had attributed an earlier cat murder, on Thursday, to the Croydon Cat Killer – the name given to an as-yet-unknown person who appears to be killing cats around London, removing their tails and often leaving their heads openly displayed as trophies. SNARL have been working with the police to try and track the cat killer down as part of Operation Takahe.
"We aren't confining this to the south east – cat owners across London need to be aware, keeping cats inside or supervising them," said Tony Jenkins, co-founder of the animal rescue group, speaking to a local London news outlet. "People need to be vigilant."
There is currently a £10,000 reward out for information on the culprit.