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Pog the Pig, the 40-stone porker who became a local celebrity in Ipswich, has sadly died

PUBLISHED: 15:41 29 August 2017

A two-bedroom detached house up for sale in Britannia Road, Ipswich. It was the former home of 'Pog the Pig'. Picture: ALEX ROBERTSON/A F ROBERTSON BUILDING CONTRACTORS

A two-bedroom detached house up for sale in Britannia Road, Ipswich. It was the former home of 'Pog the Pig'. Picture: ALEX ROBERTSON/A F ROBERTSON BUILDING CONTRACTORS

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His former home has been put up for sale, with the developer admitting he formed a close bond with Pog the Pig.

A two-bedroom detached house up for sale in Britannia Road, Ipswich. It was the former home of 'Pog the Pig'. Picture: ALEX ROBERTSON/A F ROBERTSON BUILDING CONTRACTORSA two-bedroom detached house up for sale in Britannia Road, Ipswich. It was the former home of 'Pog the Pig'. Picture: ALEX ROBERTSON/A F ROBERTSON BUILDING CONTRACTORS

The pet porker hit the news three years ago when he was unwittingly snapped taking a snooze in the lounge of his home in The Driftway, off Britannia Road, when the property was put up for sale.

He and his owner lived in a converted shed near the property while Alex Robertson, a self-employed builder who bought the house, converted the former meeting house into a two-bedroom detached property,

A two-bedroom detached house up for sale in Britannia Road, Ipswich. It was the former home of 'Pog the Pig'. Picture: ALEX ROBERTSON/A F ROBERTSON BUILDING CONTRACTORSA two-bedroom detached house up for sale in Britannia Road, Ipswich. It was the former home of 'Pog the Pig'. Picture: ALEX ROBERTSON/A F ROBERTSON BUILDING CONTRACTORS

Mr Robertson, 33, from Ipswich, said: “What I didn’t know at the time – and this was before the news stories – when I first viewed the property was that there was a pet pig inside.

“When I first saw him, I thought he was a bean bag in the corner of the room. I casually walked up to it and suddenly his big head swung around and scared the life out of me! I ran out and the estate agent was in hysterics.

A two-bedroom detached house up for sale in Britannia Road, Ipswich. It was the former home of 'Pog the Pig'. Picture: ALEX ROBERTSON/A F ROBERTSON BUILDING CONTRACTORSA two-bedroom detached house up for sale in Britannia Road, Ipswich. It was the former home of 'Pog the Pig'. Picture: ALEX ROBERTSON/A F ROBERTSON BUILDING CONTRACTORS

“But I was still pretty interested. I have seen worse people than that.”

He bought the property for £110,000 in September 2014 and it was put on the market for £275,000 two weeks ago by Keystone estate agents.

Pog the Pig in his favourite lounge. Picture: KEYSTONEPog the Pig in his favourite lounge. Picture: KEYSTONE

Mr Robert admitted he formed a close, if unusual, bond with Pog the Pig while refurbishing the property.

“I didn’t have a choice,” he said. “Every time someone came to the property, he ran out. He loved the attention. We had to usher him back into his shed, but people just wanted to take a photo with him.

Pog the Pig and Jonathan Webb, director of Ipswich-based estate agents Keystone. Picture: KEYSTONEPog the Pig and Jonathan Webb, director of Ipswich-based estate agents Keystone. Picture: KEYSTONE

“Then he would randomly decide to go for a walk to The Brickmakers Arms pub or the park. You couldn’t do anything about it. I had to follow him about numerous times. One day he rolled out and completely demolished the shed. It was not ideal, but amusing.”

• Pog the Pig spotted in Newbury Road.

Pog, thought to be around seven years old, sadly died earlier this year.

Mr Robertson said: “I think it was around March. Everyone was pretty happy to see the back of Pog, unfortunately!

“But it was pretty sad. He is still a pet and had become a local celebrity. But obviously you don’t want a random 40st pig living next door.”

The property features a kitchen, utility room, open-plan living, and off-road parking. Call Keystones on 01473 870005.

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