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Slideshow: 11 of the weirdest newspaper headlines ever

Tortoise stolen to sell for booze? Join us for a highlights tour of the local press…

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FROM THE WEIRD, to the wonderful, to the downright inexplicable – it all happens in the pages of local newspapers.

A new book, Whitstable Mum in Custard Shortage, examines some of the best ever headlines from the UK’s local press. And judging by the stories in here, life in the towns and hamlets of suburban Britain can be pretty perilous.

Smug swans, bossy donkeys, near-misses with church windows… and did we mention the incontinence pad problem?

Slideshow: 11 of the weirdest newspaper headlines ever
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  • Hold the front page: The best of local newspapers

    Nottingham Post, July 2008
  • Hold the front page: The best of local newspapers

    Northampton Chronicle & Echo, March 11 2010
  • Hold the front page: The best of local newspapers

    Ham & High, October 4 2007
  • Hold the front page: The best of local newspapers

    Plymouth Herald, March 11 2010
  • Hold the front page: The best of local newspapers

    Brighton & Hove Argus, January 25 2010
  • Hold the front page: The best of local newspapers

    Hartlepool Mail, January 30 2010
  • Hold the front page: The best of local newspapers

    Arran Voice, February 23 2008
  • Hold the front page: The best of local newspapers

    Loughborough Echo, October 2008
  • Hold the front page: The best of local newspapers

    Whitstable Times, March 25 2009
  • Hold the front page: The best of local newspapers

    Brighton & Hove Argus, November 16 2007
  • Hold the front page: The best of local newspapers

    Chester Chronicle, July 25 2008
  • Hold the front page: The best of local newspapers

Whitstable Mum in Custard Shortage is published by Penguin Viking, priced €14.99.

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Michael Freeman

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