There's no way of breaking this gently to Merlin's many fans - he has just been run over. Death was instant.
In the most quiet time on the quietest day of the week on the road.
I would not, however, ever change my mind about letting our cats roam outside, Merlin loved his wide range to hunt in.
I am devastated and so is Simon, who is in bits. I don't think we'll be very sociable for a while. We had hoped to grow old with him as with all the kitties.