so gamu nhengu faces deportation. tell her to...get a cat. that should do it! [sic]
It was in October 2009 when a story appeared claiming that an 'illegal immigrant' had been saved from deportation because he had a cat. It started in the Sunday Telegraph, and was then repeated by the Mail, Sun, Express and Star, and in columns by Littlejohn, Platell, Holmes and others.
Despite the man's lawyer being quoted in the original article (and explaining on this blog) that the cat was 'immaterial' to the case, the story went on and on.
And 17 months later, the Star reader's text shows some people still believe it did actually happen.
(Many thanks to the comment spotter)