Beijing Stolen treasures found Police in the capital have recovered stolen historical artefacts including Ming dynasty (1368-1644) sculptures, carved heads of the Buddha made during the Song dynasty (960-1279) and a Qing dynasty (1644-1911) drum worth 500,000 yuan (HK$632,000), the news website Chinanews.com reports. The report said the items were seized in three cases cracked by the police, but did not elaborate. Police said the thieves were well organised and in one case were discovered trying to steal the tombstone of a Qing dynasty official. College degree dispute Hundreds of third and fourth-year students at Huangpu University in Beijing have discovered that their college does not have the right to issue degrees, the Beijing Youth Daily reports. The school only issued students with certificates, prompting some to check the situation with the authorities. They found their college is a higher education institute that is not entitled to issue university diplomas. Heilongjiang Bride-to-be killed A 27-year-old man from Daqing has been arrested for allegedly strangling his fiancée over a disagreement about their future home, Heilongjiang Television reports. The man confessed to strangling the woman in a flat they were considering buying. He then allegedly hid her body in a village near the city's suburbs. Unpaid worker beaten A construction worker who tried to claim unpaid wages from a developer in Daqing was savagely beaten and had his spleen ruptured, the news website Hljnews.cn reports. The worker said he did not receive payments totalling 20,000 yuan after a project was completed, the report said. He went to the sales office of the new building to claim the money and was beaten by nine members of staff. Police have so far arrested eight of the suspects. Hubei Luxury handbag scam A clothes shop owner from the Wuchang district in Wuhan is threatening to sue after a customer sold her a luxury bag for 5,000 yuan that was a fake, the Chutian Metropolis Daily reports. The customer claimed her daughter was studying in Britain and could help her buy luxury bags at a lower price. The shopkeeper paid for the bag, but when it arrived by mail it had been sent from Shenzhen and not abroad. 11 luxury cars burned A truck carrying 13 luxury cars caught fire on a highway in Zaoyang, destroying 11 of the vehicles, the Chutian Metropolis Daily reports. The driver managed to drive a Land Rover and an Audi A6 off the truck after the fire broke out. Hunan Laughter at crime scene A video clip showing police laughing at a crime scene in Linxiang where the body of a missing teenage girl was found naked in a vegetable field went viral on social media and drew criticism over the officers' alleged lack of sensitivity, the news website Thepaper.cn reports. The video aired by local television showed three police officers talking and laughing, with their hands in their trouser pockets. The police declined to comment. Paint fumes miscarriage A store in Changsha was found to be selling paint with unsafe levels of formaldehyde after a woman breathed in fumes from the chemical on her home's walls and had a miscarriage, the news website Voc.com.cn reports. About 400 containers of the paint were seized from the shop. Formaldehyde is used in paint, but gives off dangerous fumes if excessive amounts are added. Jiangsu Knife attack at market A man from Changzhou attacked three urban patrol officers after they stopped him from handing out fliers, the news website People.com.cn reports. The officers said they had warned the man several times not to pass out leaflets in a market before they confiscated them on Tuesday morning. The man returned with a kitchen knife hidden in his bag and hacked one of the officers on the back. The two other officers were struck on their forehead and hand after they came to their colleague's aid. The man has been arrested. Drink-driving scam A drunk driver from the Wujiang district in Suzhou tried to pretend his wife had been driving after he crashed into safety barriers along a road on Monday, the news website Jschina.com.cn reports. Traffic police who arrived at the scene noticed that he smelled of alcohol and asked him to take a breath test. His wife then told the truth. The driver was fined 1,000 yuan and his driving licence has been suspended for six months. Shaanxi 'Ashamed' of family car A boy from Xian has refused to go to school because his father could not pick him up in a luxury car, the Chutian Metropolis Daily reports. The pupil told his father he felt ashamed that their family could only afford a 100,000 yuan Buick, while most of his classmates took a ride home in a BMW or Land Rover. The father said he and his wife were migrant workers and the family struggled to afford the high tuition fees in the provincial capital. Sex test tip-off rewards Residents in Xian who report cases of pregnant mothers taking tests to predict the sex of their babies are to receive rewards of up to 5,000 yuan, the news website Xiancn.com reports. Taking the tests is largely banned on the mainland, but some clinics carry them out illegally because of the high demand. Some couples, particularly in rural areas, still favour having sons rather than daughters. Shanghai Injured by falling signs Five women were injured after two overhead signs fell to the ground near an exit at the Zhongshan Park subway station in the city, Shanghai Daily reports. One woman's spine was fractured and another's head was cut. River's rubbish revealed The water level of the Huangpu River in the city has fallen to reveal a massive bed of water hyacinths and rubbish, including plastic bottles and foam and discarded umbrellas, the news website Chinanews.com reports. The water hyacinth is an invasive species and about 320,000 tonnes of the plants had been cleared from waterways in the city by October. Zhejiang Lavish birthday parties Children in Jinhua are being treated to increasingly lavish birthday parties by their parents, the Qianjiang Evening News reports. A wedding and events planner said one father spent 100,000 yuan to hire singers and other entertainers to perform for his son over three or four days. Another father spent 20,000 yuan to deck out an entire park with decorations and served expensive food at his 10-year-old child's birthday celebrations. Queen of tardiness A schoolgirl who is often late has been given a certificate declaring her the "queen of tardiness" by a teacher in Wenzhou , the Qianjiang Evening News reports. The teacher said she was making certificates for a calligraphy competition, saw the student come to class and decided to produce the certificate.