A Yorkshire man charged with harassment after allegedly tormenting a superstitious aunt with a black cat has had the charges against him dropped after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) dismissed the case.
Gay Mayweather, of Malham, accused Saul Mee, an animal trainer also from Malham, of orchestrating a campaign of 'bad luck coincidences' against her by ensuring his black cat Tipsy crossed her path at the start and end of her journeys, which in both instances was usually her home.
Police believed Mr Mee was conducting the campaign having found out Mrs Mayweather had had an affair with his father, and charged him.
The CPS disagreed saying Mr Mee was the victim of 'circumstantial' evidence, and that he should never have been arrested.
A Police spokesman said, 'all the indicators pointed to him being responsible.'
'Mrs Mayweather is extremely superstitious with an extreme fear of the significance of coincidences so the combination of the two left her a wreck. We suspected whoever knew such detail on her would have to have been someone close to her.
'Mee was that man up until her affair with his father.'
Police swooped when a CRB check revealed he had previously owned a single magpie which he trained to terrorise the inhabitants of Tiverton, Devon in what was know as the 'Reign of Sorrow.'
Mr Mee said, 'The police have treated me abominably. I wonder if my cat was white whether he would have been given the same treatment. I doubt it.'