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Pictures Of The Day: From Viking Hoards To Glowing Blue Pork

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Feeling strapped for cash this Christmas shopping season? Get your metal detector out and hope to strike gold - just like Darren Webster, who discovered a Viking treasure hoard near Silverdale in north Lancashire.

Ever eaten something you wished you hadn't? If it's glowing blue, then it's usually a sure sign to stay away; a Beijing resident found his piece of pork was full of fluorescent bacterium - he wont be needing Christmas lights this year.

If you find you've misplaced your train ticket, then you don't expect to be manhandled by a total stranger - an ordeal that Sam Main had to endure in Scotland. Tributes pour in for the victims in Leige, a little prince gets a wax makeover and the Met Police publish photos of wanted riot criminals - all in the pictures of the day below:

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Day in pictures: 14 December 2011