In the turmoil that is war-torn Libya, the search is on for fugitive dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Rebel forces scour Tripoli, breaking into houses and hotels and stopping cars and lorries fleeing the city in a determined bid to find the toppled leader.
According to reports, he has been seen in locations as far apart as Australia, Brazil and even Britain. Members of the public claim to have encountered Gaddafi in the Hayes, Middlesex branch of Sainsburys supermarket.
"We were in the queue for the dry cleaners, and this tall, leonine looking bloke was handing over a pile of white robes for cleaning," said customer Tom Barnes (56). "He had three black clad females with him, their faces covered. My wife and I were so traumatised that we had to go to the cafe and have a latte and a muffin to recover."
21 year-old student Wayne Hilton was looking through the CDs and DVDs when he noticed a familiar robed figure standing next to him. "He kept muttering Bridesmaids, Bridesmaids, Bridesmaids until I realised he was looking for a copy of the recent film of that title. When he failed to find it I tried to help."
"He said it didn't matter and it was girly rubbish anyway. I did notice he had chosen a box set of the Die Hard films and also a CD of Eric Clapton - Unplugged. It was him all right."
Replying to press queries, a Sainsburys spokesman said that it was store policy not to comment on individual customers.
"We have many famous people using our services. For instance, the late Osama Bin Laden received a weekly delivery of groceries from us. Did you know that he was mad on low fat lamb shanks?"