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April Fools' 2016: The 'best' local paper pranks

April Fool's Day is here again and local newspapers have taken the opportunity to play pranks, hoaxes and practical jokes on their readers.

Here is a selection of the best, and worst, April Fools gags seen today.

Six-storey slide

Image copyright Manchester Evening News
Image caption The glass roof was set to be covered in a strip of super-strength plastic, with safety barriers erected along the edges of the slide

The National Football Museum resides in a distinctive sloped building in the centre of Manchester. However, thrill-seekers could soon be taking the plunge down the six-storey sloping glass building before landing on a giant crash pad in Exchange Square, writes the Manchester Evening News.

It is billed as the largest "urban slide" of its kind anywhere in the world and a joint venture between the museum and French events company La Proofi!, a name which may, or may not, be a hint to readers.

King Kong

Image copyright Birmingham Mail
Image caption The Mail reported other sites considered were outside the council house, on Grand Central, near the BT Tower, by the Spaghetti Junction and a return to the Bullring.

Birmingham was once home to a much-lamented statue of King Kong, but the Birmingham Mail writes there could soon be a 100ft-tall replacement directly outside the city's new library.

Proposals for the giant structure - set to become "the Midlands' version of the Angel of the North" - are said to have gone on show.

Football dance off

Image copyright Liverpool Echo
Image caption The footage, shot inside HMV by Joe King shows Klopp and Martinez throw some off-the-wall shapes as they begin to attract attention from customers

Football fans were shocked to see Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Everton boss Roberto Martinez in a dance-off battle at HMV, according to the Liverpool Echo.

A video on the newspaper's website captured the moment high-street shoppers were left looking on in disbelief.

Huge maypole

Image copyright Swindon Advertiser
Image caption Streamers are set to be attached to the top of the pole and children from local primary schools are expected to dance around it.

In Swindon, May Day is set to be a magical experience this year with plans for a huge maypole in the centre of the town's "world famous" Magic Roundabout.

The busy island will not be entirely closed to traffic. However, children from local primary schools will still be invited to dance around it holding traditional streamers, the Swindon Advertiser writes.

Under-sand heating

Image copyright Falmouth Packet
Image caption The heating should keep the beach at a constant temperature of between 18-23 degrees Celsius throughout the year

Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth is reported to be having under-sand heating installed to make it an all-year-round holiday destination.

The Falmouth Packet says the pilot scheme begins on 1 April and includes the installation of two large commercial gas boilers, 30 heating outlets and metres of under floor heating pipework installed.

Sheep pig

Image copyright Cornish Guardian
Image caption The crossbreed of a Devon and Cornwall Longwool sheep with a Tamworth pig has been named a 'shig'

In Cornwall, workers at The Lost Gardens of Heligan say they have managed to crossbreed a Devon and Cornwall Longwool sheep with a Tamworth pig, according to the Cornish Guardian.

The new heritage hybrid is reported to have been named a "Shig" with qualities including being "docile, friendly, with an approachable manner" as well as possessing a woollen coat.

All-weather ice lake

Image copyright The Sentinel
Image caption Giant refrigeration units were set to be installed to create a massive ice rink

Stoke-on-Trent's Westport Lake is to be transformed into Europe's first all-weather ice-rink, says the Stoke Sentinel.

After top secret negotiations, the paper reports Nordic refrigeration giant Slushimushi has agreed to freeze the 0.8 mile circumference lake with a small area left free at one side for ducks and other wildlife.

Left-handed sandwich

Image caption Gemma Hall is pleased to finally find a left-handed sandwich

In Bolton, a bakery has announced the launch of a new left-handed sandwich, for those who currently struggle to hold their lunch with sufficient agility.

Gemma Hall told the Bolton News: "As a left handed person myself I'm only too aware of the pitfalls of living in a right-handed world."

10mph zones

Image copyright Bristol Post
Image caption Revellers marked the first anniversary of the 20mph scheme recently with a street party in Stonebridge Park, Eastville

In Bristol, 20mph speed limits are already annoying drivers, but they could soon be forced to drive at just 10mph.

Planners were reported by the Bristol Post to be reviewing next generation road safety options now that all the city's 20mph zones have been phased in.

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