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This weekend a man saved himself from falling off a cliff after a night out, border officials found 500kg of cocaine in a tuna shipment and more.

by Zoe Denton
28 November 2016, 12:05am

Gak Packs
A 500KG STASH OF COKE WAS FOUND INSIDE A TINNED TUNA SHIPMENT
The National Crime Agency are still trying to figure out the source of the drugs

Another time when the NCA recently picked up a load of cocaine (Photo by NCA via)

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Border Force officers seized about £50 million worth of cocaine from inside a shipping container full of tinned tuna. The shipment was found in Essex, at Thurrock's DP World London Gateway development, and has reportedly been imported from Ecuador via Belgium.

"The intended destination for this consignment was mainland Europe but it's likely a proportion would still have ended up back in the UK," said Matthew Rivers, of the NCA's Border Policing Command. "We are now working closely with our law enforcement colleagues overseas as part of the ongoing investigation."

The border officials found about 500kg of the class A drug in eight holdalls inside the shipment on Monday, but the story wasn't widely reported until Friday evening. The NCA are yet to establish the source of the drug stash.

On a Night's Edge
A GUY FELL OFF A CLIFF AFTER A NIGHT OUT AND CLUNG ONTO A TREE
He was saved after calling a friend with his phone on 3 percent battery

Not the cliff from this story (Photo by Jaymantri via)

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A man slipped and fell off a 300-foot cliff in Kent on his home after a night out, grabbing onto a branch that he then reportedly held onto for hours while emergency serviced arrived.

"I just wanted to go up to this spot on the cliffs that I always sit at to think and try to clear my head," said 25-year-old Mike Pearce. "The next thing I knew, I had fallen a long way down. I only had 3 percent battery left on my phone so I rang my friends to tell them because they knew the spot."

His friend then contacted a rescue team, who managed to haul Mike back up to safety. After his rescue, he reportedly said he'd not called 999 himself because he wouldn't have had time to explain what was happening before his phone died.

Sofa Straps
SOMEONE TRIED TO MOVE THEIR SOFA IN A HATCHBACK IN NORFOLK
They were stopped by police and given a traffic offence report notice

(Photo via Norfolk & Suffolk's Roads Policing & Firearms Operations Unit)

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Police stopped someone driving a sport hatchback with a sofa sticking out of the boot and precariously tied in, on Saturday in Norfolk.

The driver was given a traffic offence notice report, according to the BBC, and their sofa-moving technique inspired a photo and tweet from the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, detailing how staff "did a double take" at the sight of the sofa.

"More suitable vehicle or straps would be a better bet," the unit wrote, than what they saw was a fairly slim strap that was "only partially holding the sofa".

Last Cold Warrior
CUBA'S REVOLUTIONARY EX-LEADER FIDEL CASTRO DIED AGED 90
Brother Raul announced Fidel's death on Friday night

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Fidel Castro, leader of Cuba's 1959 Communist revolution, died on Friday night at 90 after surviving hundreds of assassination attempts in his lifetime. He was a complex public figure whose death sparked a flurry of hot takes, arguments and attempts to distill his legacy as one of either good or evil.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called Castro a "champion of social justice" and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau labelled the Cold War survivor a controversial yet remarkable leader, while US president-elect Donald Trump branded Castro a "brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades".

Castro was cremated on Saturday, according to his younger brother and current Cuban leader Raul, and his public funeral is due to be held on the 4th of December.

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