THE Chronicle's Column 4 is made up of weird and whacky stories.
It's a fair cop
FOR two years, a would-be cop in China had fitted his home out as a fake police station through which he made money by selling falsified Public Security Bureau documents and warrants.
"Inspector" Lei's wardrobe was filled with the black blazers of a crime-busting bobby and his office contained an armory of stun guns for subduing the outlaws he claimed to hunt.
When police raided his home in the city of Wuhan last week - acting on a tip-off from his disgruntled girlfriend - they found a fake police station that had been meticulously crafted by the fraudster cop.
During a search of his home-cum-interrogation centre, officials found a cache of forged documents, a GPS tracking device and a miniature surveillance camera.
SURGEONS in China have restored the use of a man's hand severed in an industrial accident by grafting it onto his ankle for a month before re-attaching it to his arm.
A worker, Mr Zhou, lost his left hand when it was severed by a spinning blade machine at the factory where he worked.
The injuries to his arm were so severe that the surgical team, headed by Dr Tang Juyu of Xiangya Hospital, believed time had to be allowed for nerves and tendons to heal.
The team attached Mr Zhou's hand to his ankle, where it was "kept alive" for a month.