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Army offer for cat's shrapnel death

The US Army has offered a family more than £4,600 to compensate for damages from wayward artillery shell shrapnel that crashed through their roof in 2008, causing the death of their cat.

The 2lb fragment travelled more than a mile from Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey and punched a hole in the roof of Frederick Angle's home.

The hot piece of metal landed on the bed of Angle's then-10-year-old stepdaughter, who was not home. But the family's cat was on the bed and had to be put down.

Mr Angle says the offer is a "kick in the teeth" and he plans to reject it.

Picatinny spokesman Tim Rider says major steps were taken after the 2008 incident to ensure it could not happen again.

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