International News Desk – At Home: The Family Jewels – Around the World: Zombie Apocalypse

International News Desk – At Home: The Family Jewels – Around the World: Zombie Apocalypse

At Home: The Family Jewels

A would-be thief got a little more than he bargained for when a jewellery heist went awry. Now he’s waiting for the evidence to show up?and it won’t be pretty.

As The Toronto Star reports, the 52-year-old Richard Matthews has been accused of possessing a diamond worth $20,000. The catch? It’s still inside him, police maintain.

Matthews entered a jeweller’s shop and ?allegedly tried to switch some fake diamonds . . . for the real thing.? However, when the theft was spotted, police say that Matthews ?swallowed the diamond along with two fake stones.? The store’s surveillance video seems to back up this claim.

Now both police and accused are waiting for the evidence to ?[make] its way through his digestive system.? So far he’s passed one of the fake stones.

In the meantime, he’s being kept in a special cell with no plumbing and is being fed a much more gourmet diet than the typical jailhouse fare. ?He wants this thing out of him as much as we do,? a police spokesperson told reporters.

Around the World: Zombie Apocalypse

Spend your spare time daydreaming about fighting zombies? Now you can do it in real life, too, thanks to an innovative British attraction.

As the BBC reports, an abandoned mall in Reading, UK, has been transformed into the zombie apocalypse.

Daring visitors can pit their survival skills against the zombies?actors, professionals, and makeup artists who come ?crawling out from disused shops, staircases and public toilets.?

These ?zombies,? event organizer Lee Fields told reporters, ?take it very seriously . . . [and] really know how to get inside people’s heads.?

Visitors receive a special briefing and are equipped with ?airsoft? guns to aid in their battle. For the next two-and-a-half hours, they’re plunged into ?a movie-like scenario which unfolds in real time? as they try to ?stay alive . . . and . . . outwit the zombies.?

Although there’s no real danger, It’s a thrilling and even terrifying experience, and there have been ?times when frightened participants had to be rescued.? As Fields told reporters, ?Fear affects people in different ways and [it] often can be quite surprising who are the ones that buckle.?