Smokey's the record holder
IN the Herald Express January 10 publication we carried a story on Page 3 about Merlin, 'the loudest purring cat in the world.'
In the piece we mentioned that another cat, Smokey, is the current Guinness World Record holder.
Since this article was first published, the owner of Smokey has asked us to make it clear that Smokey is still officially the world's loudest purring cat.
Guinness World Records stipulates that readings taken as part of a record attempt must be measured from at least one metre away.
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Car park closes overnight
A TORQUAY car park is to close at night in a bid to prevent anti-social behaviour.
Kilmorie Car Park at Meadfoot will now close overnight from Thursday through to Saturday after nearby residents complained.
A Torbay Council spokesman said: "Following complaints from local residents about noise from cars, such as revving engines and load music being played late at night and early in the morning, the decision was taken to lock the car park.
"This may be extended to other nights if required."
Jobless total up by 100
TORBAY saw another hike in the number of people on the dole last month official figures show.
The Bay's jobless total rose by almost 100 from 3,583 in January to 3,682 in February.
However, this is down on the 3,999 claimants recorded for the same month last year.
Other districts also saw increases on the month.
In Teignbridge, the claimant count went from 1,602 to 1,617 in February, and in Mid Devon from 925 to 951.
Only South Hams bucked the trend where the number of people on Jobseekers Allowance fell slightly from 778 to 762.
Unemployment across the South West rose by 1,000 to 156,000 in the quarter to December, giving a jobless rate of 5.8 per cent, which remains the lowest in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Nationally, unemployment has increased for the first time in a year, delivering a pre-Budget blow to the Government.
The jobless total jumped by 7,000 to 2.52million, ending a run of reductions, with all the increase caused by more 18-to-24 year olds becoming unemployed.