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THE owners of a cat which had been missing for FIVE years have been reunited with their pet, reports the BBC.

Seven year old Rozy escaped during a visit to the vets in Kingswood, South Gloucestershire in 2013.

Despite scouring the surrounding streets searching for her and putting up posters, owner Vicky Stokes could not find the cat.

But when a bedraggled Roxy started hanging around in Amy Ward's garden recently, she took her in.

She took her back to the very same vets she had disappeared from and as she was microchipped, they were able to trace her owner.

Vicky said: “She is our little Christmas miracle, we are totally elated. I thought she was dead but she seems OK, we are so grateful to Amy for bringing her in.”

 

 

The Daily Mirror tells us that a rare piece of Second World War memorabilia involving the 'Great Escape' from the Stalag Luft 111 camp in Poland has been sold for £3,200.

The gold caterpillar badge was awarded to Flight Lieutenant Bram van der Stok after he joined the unofficial Caterpillar Club for RAF airmen who had bailed out over land.

He parachuted from his Spitfire into Nazi-occupied northern France in 1942, which led to his capture and imprisonment.

In March 1944, with 75 others, he took part in the Great Escape, immortalised in the 1963 film starring Steve McQueen - in which parts of van der Stok's story were played by James Coburn.

Flt Lt van der Stok was one of only three to evade recapture and eventually reached Britain via Gibraltar.

The badge was auctioned by Lockdales in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, selling for five times its £600 estimate.

 

 

Still on a war theme, the Daily Express reports that fisherman Glenn Gallager netted a live Second World War German bomb off the coast of Largs, in North Ayrshire, Scotland.

Glenn felt an unusually heavy object tugging at the nets and lugged it onboard his boat, The Two Boys, initially mistaking it for a boiler but it turned out to be a Mark 7 Second World War Two depth charge.

Glenn commented: “When we pulled it out the weight nearly tipped us over. The bottom of the boat went right over, we nearly capsized.”

The bomb was later detonated at sea by the Royal Navy.

 

 

When he was a young boy, Michael Woodfield, from Warwickshire, went to see the film Zulu starring Michael Caine and was so impressed by the bravery shown by both sides in the Battle of Rorke's Drift in 1879 that he decided to collect Zulu artefacts.

Now, according to the Daily Express, he selling his collection of 120 artefacts accumulated over 40 years.

At the battle, the 140-strong British garrison defied all odds to defend their station from 4,000 Zulu warriors.

Items for sale include a rare 1870s Zulu battle shield covered in white fur, measuring 4ft by 2ft, which is valued at £1,500.

Cartridge cases, bullet heads and brass buckle fittings from the battles are set to sell for £1,000 and a Zulu executioner's "knobkerrie", with a bulbous head covered in metal hobnails, is valued at £500.

A spokesman for C&T Auctioneers of Ashford, Kent, said: “The defence of the mission station at Rorke's Drift was one of the most historic and recognised actions in British military history. It is a high quality collection which will serve as Mr Woodfield's pension fund.”

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Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

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