Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Close Call for Cat after Eating Rat Poison; Smooth Operator

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Close Call for Cat after Eating Rat Poison; Smooth Operator

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Byline: Michael Marsh Reporter michael.marsh@trinitymirror.com

ACTRESS and radio presenter Tina Hobley is in Tyneside this week as her play takes Newcastle Theatre Royal by storm. The 44-year-old, best known for her 12 years on screen as nurse Chrissie in Holby City, is starring in Dead Simple at the city venue until tomorrow night.

But she also managed to squeeze in a visit to the North East's new Smooth Radio studios, based in Newcastle's Wellbar Central at Gallowgate, to record her regular Sunday morning programme.

Tina, who took a tour of the building and met her North East presenting counterpart Steve Colman, said: "I'm having such a great time on tour with Dead Simple, and the reviews here in Newcastle have been great.

"I'm still doing my Sunday morning show while I'm on tour though, so it's brilliant to have a Smooth studio on the doorstep and be able to pop in and record my show while I am here in Newcastle."

Tickets for Dead Simple are still available.

BLACK cat Sox used one of his nine lives when he survived a poisoning scare.

The feline ate rat poison strychnine, banned in the UK, which was scattered across the street in a bid to kill rodents.

Another cat, Mauz, who lives a few doors away, died after being infected by the poison.

Now, Sox's owner Anna Collins is calling on people to be more responsible following the spate of incidents in the Bensham area of Gateshead.

The 51-year-old primary school teacher said: "We don't think it was anyone who would want to purposefully poison somebody's pet.

"I think it is someone who wanted to deal with a rat problem and decided to take matters into their own hands instead of going through pest control. But tragically cats have got hold of the poison instead.

"It could happen to anybody's pet or next time it could be a child."

Anna racked up a PS500 vet's bill when Sox took ill the same day that Mauz, who belonged to neighbour Sonja, died. …

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