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Newspaper reunites motorway smash psychic with cat

A cat which fled a caravan after a motorway crash was reunited with its psychic medium owner with help from a weekly newspaper.

Siamese cat Sorcha went missing after the smash near junction 25 of the M5, near Taunton, on Sunday afternoon, which left owner Deby Ould in hospital.

Sorcha bolted from the arms of rescuers who attended the scene, leaving her owner fearing she would never see her again.

Katie French, a reporter at the Mid Devon Gazette, had written a story about the crash for her newspaper’s website and managed to find Ms Ould through Facebook, who then agreed to a phone interview.

After hearing from Ms Ould reveal her distress over Sorcha’s whereabouts, Katie posted an appeal on the Gazette’s Facebook page which was shared by almost 1,000 readers.

A search party was formed to look for the cat on Monday morning, and she was found safe and well at around 4pm.

Deby Ould after being reunited with Sorcha

Deby Ould after being reunited with Sorcha

Katie told HTFP: “The aftermath of most of my stories seems to be angry press officers on the phone so it was refreshing to be involved in something so positive for a change.

“Working in local press gives you a platform to help people like Deby and after her terrifying ordeal I am just really happy the appeal helped her become reunited with her cat.”

Gazette editor Patrick Phelvin added: “This had all the hallmarks of a great online story and it is fantastic that the Mid Devon Gazette – with much help from our readers – was able to play a part in reuniting Sorcha the cat with her owner.

“Campaigns like this prove the power regional newspapers have in connecting people on a local level to bring about positive outcomes.”


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