And finally… word on the street

A serial litterbug who went to great lengths to discard thousands of pages of scrap paper onto a quiet neighbourhood street over a four-year period has been unmasked as a senior police officer.

Residents of Greenpoint, in the New York City borough of Brookyln, spent years trying to establish the identity of the man throwing reams of paper onto the street nearly every Sunday morning, Gothamist reports.

The discarded pages were all reportedly cut — rather than ripped — from old copies of Reader’s Digest, the Bible, junk mail and porn magazines.

The man has now been identified as NYPD sergeant John Trzcinski, who grew up in the area. He lost one day of annual leave following an internal disciplinary process.

Writing on the local Greenpointers website in January, one local resident wrote: “I need to stress to those who have yet to experience this phenomenon with their own eyes the SHEER VOLUME of papers floating down the street.

“It looks like the work of someone with an enormous collection of old books who spends their weekend tearing apart pages before scattering them in the wind.”

The years-long campaign of littering is now reportedly over.

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