Sanity prevailed this week after Safeway fought off a lawsuit brought by the owners of Muffin the dachshund. Gordon and Susan Musselwhite said their dog Muffin was partially paralysed jumping for Safeway leaflets posted through the letterbox of their home.

They had issued a claim of £2,826.65 against the supermarket in the small claims divison of Plymouth County Court.

But district judge Peter Corrigan became the champion of insurers this week by making the insightful judgment: "I do not find a suspended leaflet equates to negligence."

The Musselwhites' verdict was: "We advise dog owners to block up their letterboxes."