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'Rare' crab found off coast of Barmouth

Credit: Blue Planet Aquarium

A 'rare' sponge crab has been found three miles off the coast of Barmouth.

The bizarre-looking crustacean was hauled up in the pots of lobster fisherman Richard Workman and has been donated to an aquarium.

The Blue Planet Aquarium says the crabs get their name because they hold living sponges, which they also cut to fit, on top of their shells as a way of camouflaging themselves from would-be predators.

Staff say they're more commonly seen off the West coast of Africa or in the Mediterranean.

But in recent years their numbers have been increasing in British waters and they may now be permanent residents around our coasts.

“We’re very grateful to the fisherman for donating it to us. They really are amazing creatures and this one is a particular fine specimen, measuring around 10cms long.

Sponge crabs have two pairs of modified legs tipped with needle-like pincers which they use to secure sponges which sit on their backs. They are quite adept at moving sponges over the whole of their body to enable them to hide.

However, this means that they only have two pairs of legs to walk on so they tend to also use their front claws to assist them with walking.

Their bodies, claws and legs are completely covered in a thick furry 'felt' except for the tips of their claws which are a vivid 'rose pink'!

– Stacy Adams, Blue Plant Aquarium

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Pizza hut poppy appeal takes some topping!

A former soldier has covered his pizza shop with hundreds of poppies - in his own takeaway version of the remembrance poppies at the Tower of London.

The poppy appeal popped up in Penarth for Remembrance Day. Credit: Wales News Service

Ex-commando Kevin Halborg asks each customer at his seaside pizza hut to make a donation to the poppy appeal. And now he has pinned more than 1,000 poppies to the outside walls in his own "war and pizza" tribute to the fallen.

We saw what was going on at the Tower of London and wanted to do our bit. Customers are happy to make a donation to the Poppy Appeal and then fix their own poppy on the outside. It looks tremendous - we want to plaster the outside by the weekend.

– Kevin Halborg

Kevin runs the Pizza Pronto hut at Penarth, near Cardiff, and reckons his poppy tribute will take some topping.

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Shoplifter caught after leaving name and address

The blundering 35-year-old left his name and address at the supermarket from which he lifted goods. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A blundering shoplifter was caught and fined - after accidentally leaving his name and address at the scene.

Damien Beckett, 35, fled Tesco with a haul of goods, but left behind a carrier bag containing documents.

Security staff looked inside and found papers bearing his name, address and date of birth.

A court heard police raided Beckett's home in Swansea and found shoplifted goods worth £56.57, which were returned to the supermarket.

Beckett, who is unemployed, admitted theft and was fined £40 by Brecon magistrates.

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