At first the plight of the homeless pigs tugged at the nation's heart-strings, and a Daily Mail campaign raised £50,000 for them. “Our readers do love to sob about a cute piglet over their bacon and sausages”, admits editor Paul Dacre.
But the public mood was soon to change.
“I'll huff and I'll puff” the wolf was overheard saying, “and we'll split the payout 50-50”, the court was told. He was heard to mutter “Thank God for cowboy builders” after making short work of the first two houses, but after the third he told the pig to “hang in there” and he'd be back in a jiffy with a JCB.