Derbyshire's snapped broom sweeps world

Five paragraphs about a broom which was snapped in half in a Derbyshire village have swept the internet by storm.

Wednesday, 26th October 2016, 8:18 am
Updated Wednesday, 26th October 2016, 4:10 pm
Picture: Adam Ward.

The tongue-in-cheek story - Another broom snapped in half in Derbyshire village- has been viewed more than 15,000 times on the Derbyshire Times' website since Monday.

One of the most-popular threads on Reddit, the light-hearted tale has gone down a storm on social media.

It's been tweeted by broadcaster Jeremy Vine and the Guardian's Simon Rickets - among many others both at home and abroad - and picked up by The Poke and Angry People in Local Newspapers on Facebook.

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Now the BBC wants to feature the story on its No Such Thing as the News show.

Reporter Michael Broomhead, who broke the exclusive, said: "When a contact, Adam Ward, tweeted me about this, I couldn't brush it under the carpet as I knew it'd put a smile on people's faces.

"I never thought it'd be so popular - but thankfully our website could handle all the traffic.

"A few people have told me to clean up my journalistic act - but the majority can see the funny side.

"Some people said I would sweep awards with the story, with one guy suggesting it could be a Pulitzer Prize winner."

Michael also received this sinister email from 'Jack the Snapper' who warned: "I'll strike again. No brooms are safe."