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Police break up brawling marriage proposal pair

A marriage proposal in Graz went horribly wrong on Thursday evening after the couple started rowing and police were called to break up what escalated into a violent assault.

Police break up brawling marriage proposal pair
Photo: Jeff Belmonte/Flickr

A 44-year-old man had planned to propose to his girlfriend and finally popped the question at 11pm, according to police.

The couple had been drinking heavily and were already known in the neighbourhood for their noisy rows.

What should have been a romantic moment quickly degenerated into an angry dispute about money, with the 44-year-old woman rejecting the proposal and telling her boyfriend he was “anti-social”.

The pair exchanged blows, with the man hitting his partner in the face repeatedly and slightly injuring her.

A neighbour called the police, who broke the fight up and made the man leave the apartment. He has since been given a restraining order. 

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Man in Austria fined 500 euros for deliberate ‘massive flatulence’

Austrian police fined a man 500 euros for loudly breaking wind after officers stopped him earlier this month to check his identity.

Man in Austria fined 500 euros for deliberate 'massive flatulence'
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The police defended the massive fine saying he had deliberately emitted a “massive flatulence,” lifting his backside from the bench where he was sitting.

The accused complained of what he called the disproportionate and unjustified fine when he gave his account of the June 5 events on the O24 news website.

In reply to social media commentaries that followed, the police in the Austrian capital justified their reaction on Twitter.

“Of course, nobody is put on the spot if one slips out by accident,” the police said.

However, in this case, the police said, the young man had appeared “provocative and uncooperative” in general.

He then “slightly raised himself from the bench, looked at the officers and patently, in a completely deliberate way, emitted a massive flatulence in their immediate proximity.”

The police said the man can challenge the fine in the legal system.

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