If there was any justice in the world, Yorkshire pensioner Gordon Wilson would feature in the New Year’s Honours list – but I suppose it’s too much to hope for. The Wilkcockson family, from Hunmanby,  kept noticing that their pussycats were going missing, never to return – but they did not suspect the kindly old gentleman living next door. Mr Wilson, however, was outraged that these noisome creatures were crapping all over his lovely garden and had constructed special wood and steel mesh traps baited with tuna fish. Having ensnared Tibbles et al he would then release the animals “in the countryside”, ie presumably in close proximity to an arterial road or dual carriageway. Incredibly he was convicted of “theft” for this singularly civic and humane approach to a national problem. I’m thinking of starting a fund for the chap to help him pay off his fines and maybe have enough left over to buy a python.

Tags: cats, Countryside, Law