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'Spider-Man' arrested for punching police in New York

The man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested for demanding money from tourists. Credit: Reuters

A man dressed as Spider-Man has been arrested after punching a police officer in New York's Times Square who told him to stop harassing tourists.

NYPD stepped in when Junior Bishop demanded at least five dollars (£2.95) from a woman he posed for a picture with instead of the one dollar (59p) she offered him.

The officer told the costumed 25-year-old he could only accept tips - not require payment and arrested him.

A yelling, cursing Bishop then broke free after failing to produce identification and punched the officer in the face, leaving him with a cut and swollen eye.

Other officers arrived to take Spider-Man away.

Bishop was charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.


NYC mum suspected of abandoning baby is 'homeless'

The 10-month old baby girl who was left on a Manhattan subway in New York. Credit: NBC New York

A woman accused of abandoning her baby at a New York subway station has told police that she is homeless and felt she could no longer take care of the girl.

The 20-year-old mother has told detectives she came to New York from North Carolina last week.

She added the baby's father had died recently.

NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis said the woman claims she thought she was leaving the baby in a "safe space".

The baby girl is about 10 months old and appears to be in good condition.

NYC mum suspected of abandoning baby in custody

A 20-year-old woman suspected of abandoning her baby girl at a New York subway is being held in custody, police have said.

She is being questioned but no charges have so far been filed and the investigation is continuing, the Associated Press reported.

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) tweeted this update.

Woman abandons baby on train platform in New York

A baby girl has been abandoned in New York by a woman who pushed the child's pram off a train onto the city's subway platform yesterday afternoon but then stayed on the service.

The baby girl was abandoned on a subway platform in New York yesterday. Credit: NBC New York

A passenger on the platform stayed with the child for around 20 minutes, thinking that the woman would return, before alerting the authorities.

Police have released an image of the girl, who is believed to be about six or seven months old, in the hope someone can identify her, NBC New York reported.

The baby was taken to a local hospital and is said to be in a good condition.

Scottish charity rower injured on solo Transatlantic trip

A charity rower has sustained serious injuries during his attempt to sail solo from New York to Stornoway in Scotland.

Niall Iain MacDonald was tracking his progress on his website, Credit: STV

The New York Coast Guard used a helicopter to evacuate Niall Iain MacDonald from his 24-foot ocean rowing craft, Alliance Trust, which was more than 50 miles south of the city's Shinnecock.

They were alerted to the rower's distress by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Falmouth.

Mr MacDonald, 39, was aiming to row 3,400 miles on a three-month trip across the North Atlantic to raise awareness of mental health issues.


Friends find $41,000 in sofa bought from charity shop

Friends who bought a second-hand sofa from a charity shop found $41,000 (£24,000) stuffed inside the cushion covers.

Calli Guasti told local news station KTVU, "Our neighbours thought we won the lottery or something 'cause we were just screaming."

But that was not the end of the story - realising the envelope that contained the hidden treasure had a name on it, the pair successfully contacted the rightful owner.

The haul belonged to a retired woman who had stashed her life savings in the sofa, before her unwitting family donated it to the Salvation Army.

The woman, who has not been named, gave the roommates a $1,000 (£600) for their honesty.

Two boys hurt after playhouse blows 15ft in the air

Two boys were taken to hospital in New York after falling from an inflatable playhouse after strong winds sent it into the air.

NBC Washington reports that a 10-year-old girl and two boys, aged five and six, fell after the inflatable broke loose from stakes holding it down.

Police say the girl was near the door of the playhouse and fell as it became airborne, suffering minor scrapes. The house was about 15 feet off the ground when the boys tumbled out of the toy. One landed on a parked car while the other fell onto the ground, according to local media.

Alec Baldwin 'arrested after riding bike the wrong way'

Hollywood star Alec Baldwin was arrested in New York after allegedly riding his bike the wrong way down a Manhattan street and arguing with police who tried to ticket him, NBC 4 New York has reported.

In Touch Weekly magazine tweeted the following picture from the scene.

Baldwin is believed to have been stopped by police on East Side street this morning and is said to have got angry when he was summoned to arrest after failing to show his ID.

Police say the actor has now been released, the Associated Press reports.

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