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Austrian police are hunting crooks who broke open a market stall and stole a 1.5 metre sausage worth over 2,000 EUR in the picture postcard village of St Michael in the region of Lungau.

The mortadella sausage, considered to be a local delicacy, weighs the same as a fully grown man at 80 kilos (176 pounds), and it had a diameter of 40 centimetres (16 inches). Police spokesman Martin Hauser said: "It is a mystery that nobody saw the crooks making off with the giant sausage but we are appealing for anybody who saw anything to get in touch."

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