Angry wife hires masked men to ransack hubby’s sex shop!

New Delhi, May 12 (ANI): An angry wife hired three masked men to wreak havoc in her husband’s sex shop.

Tian Shixing’s wife was said to have hit the roof after learning that her husband had opened the adult store.

She subsequently arranged for the shop in Changsha, capital of Hunan province, to be ransacked, reports the China Daily.

Shixing, who suffered injuries during the plunder, was about to inform cops when his better half confessed to her misdoing. (ANI)

Welcome to the posh prison restaurant where inmates prepare, serve food!

London, May 10 (ANI): A restaurant with a pan-European menu, mood lighting and contemporary design will soon have its official launch – in a Brit jail.

The Clink at High Down prison in Surrey is expected to become one of the most talked-about restaurant openings of the year.

The plush eatery, which has a private dining area with 20 seats and serves as the staff canteen, has razor wire on the roof and uses plastic cutlery.

Inmates are learning to prepare and serve dishes as part of a new project to rehabilitate offenders and help them gain qualifications that can prove handy when they look for a job in the outside world after their release.

“We wanted a realistic, contemporary restaurant so that prisoners who are trained here can go into the real world,” the Telegraph quoted Alberto Crisci, catering manager at the prison, as saying.

“Yes, we do have plastic cutlery but this is a prison. We would have preferred metal knives and forks but this is a unique dining experience,” Alberto added.

Peter Dawson, the prison governor, said: “I will be interested in hearing from people who have a legitimate interest in prison to come in and visit The Clink.

“For example, we have already had an expression of interest from the local Rotary Club and I believe that would be legitimate because we will be able to ask those people if they are interested in employing former offenders.”

David Hanson, the prisons minister, added: “The Clink is an example of our commitment to ensure that prison is about more than locking offenders in cells and must also be about providing opportunities for offenders to gain real life, valuable skills and qualifications that will be of genuine use on their release.” (ANI)

Sisters tie the knot with brothers on the same day

London, May 5 (ANI): Two sisters tied the knot with two brothers on the same day at St Christopher’s Church in Winfrith, Dorset.

Kerry Hamilton, 27, and Sonny Mabey, 30, met 10 years ago on a night out and subsequently introduced their younger siblings Laura, 24 and Wayne, 27, to each other.

Both the couples live under the same roof and decided to have the same wedding day.

“We have always got on so well and a joint wedding seemed like a natural choice,” the Telegraph quoted Kerry as saying.

“No one has fallen out or disagreed with anything to do with the wedding. We have not had one quibble,” she added.

The four are now headed to Scotland for their honeymoon. (ANI)

Pope mocker goes free in Australia

Sydney – Australian police have given up trying to prosecute civil libertarian Ian Bryce for driving around Sydney in a fake pope-mobile during the real pope’s visit in July for World Youth Day. Charges were dropped Monday after the police case collapsed for a fourth time. A Sydney judge dismissed the case.

“It was against the pope’s claims to have supernatural authority and all the harm he’s doing in the world in banning condoms and trying to avoid family planning,” Bryce said.

“And now he’s said that gays are an equal threat to mankind as climate change, and I can’t for the life of me see what harm they are doing anyone.”

Police alleged the modified car was a distraction for other motorists. Bryce had fitted an illuminated canopy to the roof with a mannequin dressed as the pope inside.(dpa)

Dutch Royal parade attack suspect dead

Amsterdam (The Netherlands), May 1 (ANI): A man, who killed five people and injured 13 in an attempt to kill members of the Dutch royal family, has died, according to media reports.
The suspect, a 38-year-old identified by Dutch media as Karst Tates, had been in critical condition since the attack during the Netherlands Queen’s Day holiday yesterday.

According to Sky News, before his death, he reportedly confessed to police that his actions were aimed at the royal family.

Tates rammed his car into the foot of a monument after mowing down people gathered for the annual royal procession in the central city of Apeldoorn.

Twelve people remain in hospital after Tates drove through police barricades towards the bus carrying members of the royal family.

It is believed his vehicle had been stopped and turned back earlier in the day by police.

But it remains unclear how he was able to breach security and charge through barriers, police lines and the crowds and almost reach the royal parade itself.

Queen Beatrix, who witnessed the event, told the nation in an unscheduled televised address that she was “speechless that something so terrible could have happened”.

Official celebrations were cancelled in many areas, and the national flag was flown at half mast at the royal palace at Apeldoorn.

TV footage showed Tates black Suzuki Swift, with its roof and bonnet already crumpled from smashing through police barriers, racing past the royal bus in bright sunshine and slamming into a column.

Other film showed bodies being hurled into the air and members of the royal family covering their faces in shock and dismay.

“I think that it has become clear that this happened with premeditation,” Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said.

Shortly before the attack, the Queen, her son Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his popular Argentine-born wife, Princess Maxima, had walked up to the crowd behind police barricades, accepting flowers and shaking hands. (ANI)

Karnal inferno reduces butter godown to ashes

Karnal (Haryana), Apr 30 (ANI): A major fire broke in the godown of a ghee (clarified butter) plant at the industrial town of Karnal in Haryana on Thursday.

This mishap took place at Ruchi Soybean Industry’s plant around 6:00 a.m. and it was detected to have spread from the ghee godown.

Ghee worth thousands of rupees of clarified butter had been stored in the godown, which was completely destroyed.

“Three vehicles of fire brigade came and they tried their best to bring the blaze under control. But the fire keeps spreading because of the ghee in the plastic bags kept at the back,” said Chandra Prakash Kataria, an eye witness.

Rajiv Wadhwa, owner of the plant said that a couple of fire-tenders had been pressed into service to douse the blaze after a gap of 45 minutes.

“I saw smoke coming out from the godown. After 45 minutes, two vehicles of fire brigade reached here and after a while, their water was finished. Since the roof was broken, the fire further increased,” said Wadhwa. It took four hours to bring the fire under control.

However, no causalities have been reported so far. (ANI)

British village may have been a huge pottery industry in Roman times

Washington, April 27 (ANI): The discovery of two pottery kilns from the Roman era in Otford, a village in Kent, UK, could lead to a revaluation of their time in Britain, as it had not been thought that the firing of pottery – a huge industry in Roman times – was carried out in this area./pp
According to a report in the, Sevenoaks archeologist Diarmaid Walshe spearheaded the dig of the kilns, which are around 4m in diameter./pp
He believes if scientific analysis proves his finds are kilns, Otford could have been at the centre of an industry that supplied pottery to Roman settlements all over the South East./pp
If they are pottery kilns, it’s very important because, according to experts, there were no pottery kilns in this area, said Walshe./pp
We can’t confirm it yet, but on the face of it they do appear to be pottery kilns because we’ve got massive quantities of pottery sitting in there, he added./pp
Pottery was like plastic is today. It would have been used from day to day. It could confirm Otford was a very important centre in Roman Britain and the South East because it would have been a large centre of production, he explained./pp
Although Walshe admitted that the structures could in fact turn out to be bread ovens, the further discovery of a puddling pond nearby seems to add weight to his theory./pp
He explained that the puddling pond, around 20m by 10m, would have been used for processing the clay before moulding and then firing it in the kilns./pp
Items such as roof tiles would almost certainly have been made there and transported around the region./pp
This would have been a large scale industry, said Walshe. (ANI)/p

Heavy rain kills 14, injures 10 in Pakistan

Islamabad – At least 14 people were killed and 10 injured as heavy rain lashed north-western Pakistan, media reports said Wednesday.

Five members of one family, including three children, died when the roof of their house collapsed in a downpour in the Mardan district of North-West Frontier Province, the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

Nine more people – seven children and two women – died in similar incidents in other parts of the province and neighbouring tribal areas while 10 were hurt.

Locals in many poverty-hit rural areas of north-western Pakistan build mud houses, which often cave in in continuous rains. (dpa)

Swiss architect Zumthor wins coveted Pritzker

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, a designer who spurns the limelight while creating a handful of meticulously crafted buildings at his alpine retreat, won his profession’s top honor on Sunday, the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Zumthor, 65, becomes the third native of Switzerland to receive what is sometimes described as the architecture world’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

Many of Zumthor’s works dot the mountainous canton where he has lived and worked for the past 30 years, including his best-known project, Therme Vals. The luxury spa, which opened in 1996 after a decade of work, consists of 60,000 precision-cut quartzite stone slabs built into a hillside surrounded by soaring peaks.

A pair of works in Germany evoke a similar spirituality: the Kolumba art museum in Cologne and an austere chapel on a nearby farm. In Austria, he designed the lakefront Kunsthaus Bregenz museum, which looks like a lamp from the outside.

But Zumthor has no completed projects in either the United States or Britain. And he eschews large commercial buildings and high-priced vanity projects.

“If I ever do a mountain lodge for a wealthy person, for him it’s just a mountain lodge, and for me it will be three years out of my life. So I have to be careful,” Zumthor told Reuters.

The scarcity of his oeuvre, and the years of work that he puts into each project, has made him something of a hero in an industry where celebrity architects win headlines and lucrative commissions for what he described as “beautiful images.”

“I’m more about the real stuff, about substance,” Zumthor said. “That’s why I take a little bit longer.”

Indeed, he spent a decade transforming a bombed-out church into Kolumba, the Art Museum of the Cologne Archdiocese. It was finished in 2007, the same year he completed the Brother Klaus Field Chapel for a couple in Mechernich, Germany. The tiny building consists of a concrete shell layered over a conical tent of 112 tree trunks that were later dried out and removed, leaving a blackened interior.


The Pritzker Prize was established in 1979 by the Pritzker family, the Chicago-based clan that owns the Hyatt hotel chain, as a means of honoring a living architect whose built works, among other things, produce “consistent and significant contributions to humanity.”

The inaugural winner was American Philip Johnson. Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the designers of Beijing’s Olympic Stadium, shared the prize in 2001. Last year’s winner was Jean Nouvel of France.

The prize — a bronze medallion and $100,000 — is handed out at a different location each year. The ceremony for Zumthor will take place in Argentina on May 29, at the legislative palace of the Buenos Aires City Council.

“His buildings have a commanding presence, yet they prove the power of judicious intervention, showing us again and again that modesty in approach and boldness in overall result are not mutually exclusive,” read the citation from the eight-person Pritzker jury of international architects and arts patrons.

Zumthor is based in the village of Haldenstein, in the canton of Graubuenden, a world away from the hectic pace and lifestyle of architects such as Britain’s Norman Foster or Dutchman Rem Koolhaas, both Pritzker laureates.

He is often described in complimentary terms as reclusive or an outsider. Zumthor countered that publicity was important, but he was disinclined to put out a press release “as soon as I make two walls and a roof.

“I say, let’s wait a little. Let’s do some work, and the buildings should speak for themselves. That’s how I am.”

(Editing by Eric Walsh)

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David Cole, 37, from the Salterhebble area of Halifax, died when the blast at Andrew Jones Pies, in Old Leeds Road brought down part of the roof and started a fire on Friday.

A 23-year-old remains in a critical condition at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

More than 40 firefighters were called to the scene, which is just a short walk from Huddersfield town centre, with crews coming from across West Yorkshire.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said Mr Cole was one of seven men who were working in the factory before the explosion.

“A 23-year-old man from the Crosland Moor area of Huddersfield who received serious injuries remains in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where his condition is critical but improving,” the spokesman said.

“Five other men working in the bakery at the time received minor injuries.”

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the explosion.

German convertible maker Karmann files for insolvency

Osnabrueck, Germany – German convertible specialist Karmann filed for insolvency on Wednesday as the effects of the global downturn continued to hit the nation’s carmakers.

The company, which makes roof systems, body structures and convertible top systems, said it was forced to take the move because it might not be able to meet pending financial obligations.

The union IG Metall said 3,470 workers at Wilhelm Karmann GmbH were affected by the insolvency, which comes just over a month after the company ceased assembly of full vehicles at its Rheine plant.

The company said a sharp drop in sales meant it was having difficulty meeting agreements made with the union over compensation to laid off workers.

Karmann filed for insolvency in Osnabrueck, where its main plant is located.

Wilhelm Karmann GmbH was founded in 1901. It is best known for the Karmann Ghia, a sports car marketed by Volkswagen from 1955. Some 445,000 cars were sold until it was replaced by the VW Scirocco in 1974.

The company assembled Audi A4 and Mercedes CLK convertibles until shortly before the insolvency application.

Most German carmakers have been forced to place workers on reduced hours as a result of a dramatic fall in sales triggered by the global economic crisis. (dpa)

Tesla unveils Model S sedan

Los Angeles – The US electric car maker Tesla has unveiled its Model S sedan and said the first models will be delivered to customers in the second half of 2011.

Featuring a coupe-like design, the Model S has electric engines fitted to the rear axle that are fed by lithium-ion batteries positioned in the floor. A four-wheel drive is an option.

Three different battery packs will be available giving the car a range of between 260 and 480 kilometres on a single charge lasting only 45 minutes. According to Tesla the batteries have a life span of five years.

The Model S also comes with some powerful performance figures with acceleration from zero to 100 km/h listed at six seconds and a top speed of 190 km/h.

The numerous extras include a panoramic glass roof, a 17 inch multi-functional monitor in the dashboard, an electric rear flap and the possibility of personalising numerous functions on board.

The Model S can be ordered immediately for a 250 dollar deposit. Prices in the United States start at 57,400 dollars. It will also be on offer in Canada and Europe, said the car maker. (dpa)

Architectural treasures damaged in Italian earthquake

Rome, April 7 (DPA) While public attention in Italy continued to focus Tuesday on the human toll of the earthquake that struck the central Abruzzo region, details of widespread damage to many historical buildings has also began to emerge.

In Abruzzo’s regional capital L’Aquila, originally built in the Middle Ages as a mountain stronghold, it were mostly modern buildings that were flattened when the main shock struck the city early Monday morning.

Experts noted that had the earthquake occurred hours before, people attending Palm Sunday Mass at L’Aquila’s Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio would have been in grave danger.

The earthquake caused the collapse of the roof over the central transept area of the medieval church, widely considered a masterpiece of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

At another church, the 16th century San Bernardino, the belltower crumbled. Stones also tumbled from the city’s main cathedral, which was rebuilt after a 1703 earthquake.

Boasting several gems representing changing archaeological styles through the ages, L’Aquila also saw the destruction of the dome of the Anime Sante church, designed by the famed Neoclassical architect Giuseppe Valadier.

The dome of another church, the Baroque-style Sant’ Agostino, toppled down onto an adjacent building housing the city’s main government offices.

Surrounding towns, also suffered losses to their architectural heritage.

Among these, a tiny medieval mountain hamlet voted Italy’s prettiest in a recent poll, San Stefano di Sessanio, lost its landmark watchtower.

The earthquake’s main shock was also felt as far way as Rome, some 100 km from the epicentre, initially raising fears of possible damage to the Terme di Caracalla, located near the ancient capital’s centre.

But officials denied reports that fresh cracks had emerged on the walls of of the Terme, the famed thermal baths built by the Emperor Caracalla.

Carnation Auto inks JV pact with Variety Group

Carnation Auto, promoted by Jagdish Khattar, former chairman and managing director of Maruti Suzuki, has signed a joint venture pact with the Variety Group to set up multi-brand auto solution hubs in Andhra Pradesh.

The venture would offer service and maintenance, sale of secondhand cars, insurance services, and accessories i. e. all services under one roof. The company, in near future, has also plan to sell new cars.

Under the arrangement, Carnation would hold a 51 per cent stake in the latest JV while Variety will hold the remaining stake in it.

According to company officials, the Hyderabad-based group will invest Rs 40 crore in phases for setting up about 10 auto solution hubs including four in Hyderabad.

It may be noted that Carnation Auto has received Rs 250 crore of investment, including Rs 108 crore by Premji Invest and ICICI Ventures. In addition, the company already has JV partners in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Carnation Auto intends to open about 100 outlets across the country at an investment of about Rs 1,000 crore in the next four years to set up a pan-India network of outlets to provide automobile solutions.

According to reliable sources, out of total planned outlets, about 40-50 outlets are expected to go on stream by March next year. For the current financial year, Carnation Auto is expecting revenues of Rs 300 crore.

High stilettos may increase women’s risk of acute, chronic problems

Melbourne, Apr 6 (ANI): Modern women’s penchant for high heels is putting them at a higher risk of acute and chronic problems.

With the increasing popularity of high heels shortening of the Achilles tendon, heel pain, pain in the balls of the feet, bunions, calluses, soft corns between the toes, fractures, and sprains have also become quite common.

Podiatrist and spokesperson for Australian Podiatry Association (NSW), Brenden Brown said that wearing stiletto heels brings a raft of acute and chronic problems.

“Out of 10 people you would see six or seven needing something due to the fact they have worn a high heel at some stage,” the Daily Telegraph quoted Brown as saying.

“We are seeing more traumatic injuries with things like fractures, sprains of ligaments in the ankles,” Brown added.

According to Dr Simon Floreani, spokesperson, Chiropractors’ Association of Australia, high heels are also responsible for lower back problems.

“When you are in high heels it throws your posture forward, like you are standing on your tippy toes, so in order to stand up straight you have to over extend the lower back,” he said.

Moreover, shortening of calf muscles also creates a jamming effect in the lower back.

“If any woman has had more than a decade of wearing constant high heels, she will have arthritic changes,” said Floreani.

Addiction to heels also gives rise to neck problems.

“When you arch the lower back you usually stoop and roll the shoulders and crane the neck. It’s like if the foundations of a house get shifted, the roof and the walls and everything else compensates,” he said.

Even platform shoes have their own array of problems.

“When you wear platform wedges, you are effectively stilt walking because you have no flex in your foot. It creates a different type of jarring up the leg and spine,” he says.

As a result knee injuries can be common, he adds.

Dr Floreani suggests whether it’s platforms or stilettos, it is wiser to use silicon inserts to cushion the impact on the joints in the feet. (ANI)

Nothing Nano about the buzz around it

POOJA KHANDELWAL (21) accompanied by her mother and two siblings went to Infinity Mall in Andheri to buy clothes and cosmetics on Thursday. They ended up shopping for a car.

The Khandelwals belonged to the throng of visitors gathered at the Westside store to get a look and feel of the world’s first Rs 1-lakh car – the Nano. The car, which is on display at the store till April 25, attracted onlookers and prospective buyers who examined it in detail, from its rear engine to its horn.

A store official, who did not wish to be named, said that the walk-in customers had doubled from the previous day. He estimated 75 booking forms were sold in the first four hours that the car was showcased.

A gaggle of college students took turns to sit inside the car. Brijal Gaglani (19) was impressed by the Nano’s legroom but lamented the lack of an ashtray.

Business executive Abhishek Anand (27) had no complaints. “It is small, beautiful and spacious,” he said.

Anand, who left work mid-way to see the Nano, immediately bought the Rs 300 registration form. “I’ve finally found a small car where my 5 ft 11 inch frame can fit without brushing against the roof,” he said.

“I am very eager to buy the Nano.” An official explaining the car’s features to customers said many senior citizens had expressed a keen desire to buy the Nano.

As if on cue, an elderly gentleman asked him about the security features of the car while a grandmother enquired about the available colours.Captain D.N. Banerjee and Captain Kondal, colleagues in the merchant navy, who rushed from their office to buy the booking forms, couldn’t stop raving about the Nano.

The Nano will be Kondal’s third car, and he wants to buy it for his wife. “It’s not cramped and the visibility is superb.

It’s perfect for city roads,” he said. “Hats off to Ratan Tata,” said Banerjee who plans to gift the Nano to his daughter.

The Khandelwals, who liked the slick and roomy interiors of the car, also bought their registration form. “We are a tall family of five and we all fit perfectly in the Nano.

But the car is only for the girls of the family,” Pooja said with a smile.

Karnataka Congress leader dubs party deserters ‘opportunists’

Bangalore, April 4 (IANS) A Congress leader in Karnataka Saturday termed the partymen who deserted to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) as rank ‘opportunists’ who are ideologically weak and lack commitment.

‘They are not original Congressmen. They are party-hoppers. If they were strong ideologically and committed, they would have remained in the party. They keep shifting from one rented house to another. People will teach them a lesson,’ said Congress Working Committee member Mallikarjun Kharge.

Kharge was speaking to reporters here at a meet the press programme.

Senior leaders, including D.B. Chandre Gowda, H.C. Srikantaiah (both former ministers) L.R. Shivarame Gowda, N. Gurupadappa and C.P. Yogeshwara have moved to the BJP after failing to secure Congress tickets to contest the parliamentary polls.

The ruling BJP promptly rewarded Chandre Gowda, Shivarame Gowda, Gurupadappa and Yogeshwara with a ticket to contest from the Bangalore North, Mandya, Bidar and Bangalore Rural Lok Sabha constituencies respectively.

Even as Kharge was briefing media about his own candidature from the reserved Gulbarga (SC) Lok Sabha constituency, another Congress leader and former minister V. Somanna joined the BJP after resigning from the Govindraj Nagar assembly segment in the city.

‘Though these honourable Congressmen were given opportunity to work for the party and the people, they have chosen to quit just because the party is not in power in the state,’ Kharge said.

Kharge said remarks by Chandre Gowda that ‘the Congress roof was leaking and scores of leaders and cadres were leaving the party that was becoming a sinking ship’ were best ignored.

Jade Goody’s funeral will include wreaths with her favourite sayings

London, Apr 4 (ANI): Late Brit celebrity Jade Goody has planned her own funeral service to include some of her best-known sayings.

The 27-year-old mum-of-two requested wreaths spelling “Minging” and “East Angula” to accompany her to her grave.

Goody also requested a perfume bottle, newspaper, camera, floral arrangements stating the word “kebab”, and a Marmite jar to be included.

Her hubby Jack Tweed has requested florist Nancy Arif to make a wreath with the word “Wife” in white, just like the flowers at their wedding six weeks ago.

“One of her friends has asked me to do ‘Legend’. It’s an honour to do this for Jade, and we will try to do her proud, and make the flowers as beautiful as she was,” the Sun quoted Arif as saying.

Other floral arrangements will spell out the words “Daughter”, “Granddaughter” and “Mummy”, and a huge “Goody” will be emblazoned on the roof of the hearse.

Four cars will carry the flowers, which include a wreath sent by David and Victoria Beckham. (ANI)

Levi Johnston says Sarah Palin knew he, Bristol were having sex

Washington, Apr 4 (ANI): Bristol Palin’s former fiancé and babydaddy Levi Johnston has revealed that Sarah Palin knew he and her daughter were having sex when they lived under her roof.

In a show airing April 6, Johnston tells Tyra Banks: “I’m pretty sure she probably knew. Moms are pretty smart.”

While on the show, Levi talked about his sex life on national television, reports People.

However, the show hasn’t been received well by the Palin household.

After taking on The Tyra Banks Show, Johnston was hit with a blistering response from the Alaska Governor.

“Bristol did not even know Levi was going on the show. We’re disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship,” says the statement from the Palin family rep.

“Bristol’s focus will remain on raising Tripp, completing her education, and advocating abstinence,” the statement continues.
It is unfortunate that Levi finds it more appealing to exploit his previous relationship with Bristol than to contribute to the well being of the child.

“Bristol realizes now that she made a mistake in her relationship and is the one taking responsibility for their actions,” the statement concluded.

Levi and Bristol, who were high school sweethearts, planned to wed after graduating – but ended up splitting earlier this year. At the time, Johnston told Good Morning America that he needed to mature before getting married. (ANI)

Anti-G20 protesters attack banks, one dead

London, April 2 (DPA) Violent anti-globalisation protests overshadowed the Group of 20 (G20) summit Wednesday in London as campaigners vandalised banks and clashed with heavily armed riot police.

One fatality was reported in the wake of the demonstrations, but the cause was not immediately explained.

Some 4,000 protesters converged with chants of ‘hang a banker’ and ‘storm the banks’ on the Bank of England and later vandalised the London headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

Police said that 24 protesters were arrested and several officers were injured in the clashes. Only a minority of the demonstrators were involved in the confrontation with police, reporters said.

Police said that a man was found unconscious in the street Wednesday evening by a person who alerted police.

The man was not breathing when two officers arrived at the scene, and they were pelted with bottles while attempting artificial resuscitation. Medics said that the man, described by witnesses as looking about 30 years old, died while being transported to a hospital, according to British media.

A handful of protesters, their faces masked by bandanas, managed to enter the RBS building and gain access to the roof. The building was empty, though, as RBS workers had been advised to stay at home because of the protests.

RBS, which reported record losses last year of 28 billion pounds ($40 billion), has been at the centre of public anger during the banking crisis.

Protesters cheered as an office chair was used to smash the large, blacked-out windows of the RBS building.

The private home of its former chief executive, Fred Goodwin, was attacked by vandals last week in Edinburgh, Scotland.

With a diverse mix of anti-war campaigners, anti-poverty groups, anarchists and climate change activists, demonstrators were penned in for hours as riot police and mounted officers were deployed.

Some accused police of ‘going over the top’ in their efforts to control the demonstrators, many of whom were ‘ordinary citizens’ angered by the impact the financial crisis on their lives.

Protesters held up banners proclaiming ‘Balls to the Banks’ and ‘Punish the looters’ while carrying effigies of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Meanwhile, bankers leaning out of office windows taunted demonstrators down below by waving 10-pound notes at them, provoking a response of shouts and cheers.

Many bankers and office workers heeded security advice to ‘dress down’ in sweaters and jeans, rather than the customary suits and ties, to avoid being targeted.

‘I am here to make sure that peace happens rather than war,’ said Mirthful Merryweather, a nurse among the protesters.

Christine Hickey, 64, said: ‘I’m just fed up with the bankers who’ve got away with taking all this money. People are losing jobs and their homes, and I’m fed up with it.’