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It’s been a crazy couple of days over here at Southend News Network! First of all, Katie Hopkins decided to announce to the whole world that our story about the M25 closing for A WHOLE WEEK  was in fact true – we are still dealing with the fallout from this one!

Less than 24 hours after this, listeners on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sunday Breakfast Show were left scratching their heads when the presenter Sam Walker mentioned that a Pokémon Go player in Southend had accidentally driven into the sea. Have a listen below:

There was just one teeny, tiny problem with this. Once again, the source for this story had been Southend News Network! We posted one of our usual ‘stories’ about the hapless Pikachu chaser whose car almost floated off and caused all kinds of havoc last week, and it’s been a popular one. The clue for most people was that the wreckage had been spotted heading for the explosive wreck of the SS Montgomery – the ‘ticking time bomb’ that is currently sitting and waiting to destroy all forms of life in South Essex

The clue for most people was that the wreckage had been spotted heading for the explosive wreck of the SS Montgomery – the ‘ticking time bomb’ that is currently sitting and waiting to destroy all forms of life in South Essex. We can hear all of you Essex haters cheering already.

Once Sam Walker had started talking about this poor guy with the submerged automobile, her co-host Colin Paterson apparently had his head in his hands. Was it because he was dismayed at this poor Pokémon Go player’s luck, or did he already know that it was a wind-up article? I guess we’ll never know!

We should also point out that Southend News Network is a lot more excited about the Katie Hopkins incident as Sam Walker is generally a lovely person, as far as we can tell from the radio. If you are reading this Sam, just remember that a lot of people have been taken in by our journalism, and at least you didn’t go off on a rant about our spoof story, unlike Mrs H.

To be honest, knowing what the people of Southend On Sea are really like, it’s only a matter of time before someone ACTUALLY drives into the sea (technically The Thames) while chasing a Charizard or whatever the hell these kids are looking for. Life does imitate art, occasionally.