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Cat owner fined for drowning his pet after she fell ill

A man who killed his pet cat by drowning her in a bucket of water has been fined and sentenced to a community order.

David Streeter took the pet into his garden in Crawley in West Sussex, and held her under water rather than taking her to the vet when she fell ill.

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There is no doubt this poor tabby's sad last days were full of pain and discomfort. Firstly, she was left to suffer in a poorly state without any veterinary treatment for at least three weeks. Then, rather than take the cat to a vet where she may have received treatment to resolve her health issues, her owner took the decision to kill her in a completely inhumane way. Being held under the water like this is a horrible way for an animal to die. There is absolutely no excuse for such callous treatment of an animal he was responsible for.

– Andrew Kirby, RSPCA


Gatwick gears up for busiest day

Gatwick's busiest day Credit: PA

Today is expected to be the busiest day of the year at Gatwick Airport. With children now broken up from school for the summer break 77,000 are passengers expected to pass through the departure gates. This weekend will see around 290,000 passengers depart the airport and around 508,000 passengers in total that week, making it Gatwick's busiest week of the year.