Monday 19 September 2011

Brighton Argus tops entries in custard shortage book celebrating the wackiest local press stories

The Argus, Brighton, has most entries in the new book Whitstable Mum in Custard Shortage and Other World exclusives from Britain's Finest Local Newspapers which is due to be published next month.

The Argus has 14 entries, including 'Worthing runaway electric buggy chaos;' 'Hunt for Worthing poo thief'; and 'Lifeboat called out to help witch'.

The book celebrates some of the wackiest and daftest stories to have made the pages of the local press across the country. It is described by publisher Penguin/Viking as a "labour of love" and is dedicated to "everyone who keeps local news alive".

Entries from other local papers range from the mundane 'Church window nearly smashed'; 'Man dies of natural causes'; and 'No one injured in accident' to the bizarre 'Mayor is ousted by mice' (Western Daily Press); 'Chicken in a basque shock for cop' (Rochdale Observer); 'Smug swans attack dalmatian' (Ham & High) and 'Tortoise stolen to sell for booze' (Hartlepool Mail).

  • Whitstable Mum in Custard Shortage . . . And Other World Exclusives from Britain's Finest Local Newspapers will be published on October 13 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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