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Friday Funnies: Always weed the small print

With no let-up in the grim autumnal weather, we’re pleased to present another collection of Friday Funnies to while away those long November nights.

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First up this week, this Northern Echo report on the chance discovery of a cannabis farm near Darlington seems straightforward enough to begin with.

But given the nature of the combined police and HM Courts Service operation as described in the fourth par, perhaps it wasn’t such a ‘chance discovery’ after all….

Next, with fears of a double-dip recession persisting, it’s nice to see the Leamington Courier keeping its readers in touch with those small, green shoots of recovery…

While the Hull Daily Mail’s photographer must be applauded for snatching this picture of animal cruelty offender Mark Sharp making a suitably ‘sharp’ exit from court, it certainly put a smile on some readers’ faces.

The man’s striking resemblance to veteran South Yorkshire comedian Paul Elliot, aka Barry Chuckle (left) resulted in a stream of ‘To me, to you’ gags in the comments on the paper’s website.

This headline on The Scotsman website certainly catches the eye…however on closer inspection ‘Bum the Dog Day’ turns out to be a celebration of the 112th anniversary of the death of a San Diego pooch of that name whose courage and bravery inspired city fathers to erect a statue in his honour.

And finally this week, a headline from the Peterborough Evening Telegraph website that we suspect went on rather longer than had been intended