Following newspaper reports that food items that had been nibbled by mice and had been re-packaged and sold on to the public by the poundshop in the tiny village of Mousehole in Cornwall was in shock today over the arrest of two of its most popular residents - Minnie and Mickey Mouse - in connection with the crime.
One person who has had his feathers well and truly ruffled by the arrests is local GP Donald Duck a close friend and neighbour of the Mouses.
"I can't believe it" he said "Mick and Min were in films in America for years before they retired to Mousehole and they have a lot of money in investments.....I can't imagine that they would even need to shop at a poundshop. Min is a lovely woman. She quite often babysits my nephews."
When told of Dr. Duck's comments Chief Inspector Owl of the mice squad who organised the dawn swoop on the Mouses's home hooted "That feather-brained quack - he knows nothing. I tell you there is something decidedly odd even sinister about those 2. Do you know what Mickey said when I questioned him? He said "Hard cheese - you will get nothing out of me!". I tell you - those 2 are hiding something and I intend to lean on them until one or both of them squeaks".
When questioned further about his intentions regarding the two mice Mr. Owl looked at his watch and frowned "I'm meeting the wife shortly. We are going to look at an old barn that we are thinking of buying and renovating" he confided "Must fly".
Mickey and Minnie Mouse are bailed to appear in the Hickory Dickory dock next Monday at 1pm.