Police probe into disappearance of dozens of pet cats

Cats have gone missing from Irthlingborough homes over the past six months
Cats have gone missing from Irthlingborough homes over the past six months

Mystery surrounds the location of 30 cats which have gone missing over the past six months.

Police in East Northamptonshire are appealing for help in finding the pets which have gone missing without a trace from numerous homes in Irthlingborough.

Sergeant Andy Maher from the East Northamptonshire Central sector is working alongside a group in the town who are trying to find out what has happened to their beloved cats.

The group is urging people to send in details of any missing animals so they can try to piece together what has happened and where the cats could be.

Sgt Maher said: “Approximately 30 cats have disappeared without a trace in the Manton Road area of Irthlingborough in the past six months.

“There has been no particular pattern to the cats going missing and both pedigree and cross breeds have failed to return home.

“A group of local people have set-up an email address – findourcats@hotmail.com – and are asking for any information that may help understand what has happened to the family pets.

“We would like to speak to anyone who may have any information about where the cats may be.

“If you see a vehicle or people acting suspiciously please call 101 or if you see a crime in progress, then call 999 and please pass as much detail as possible – such as vehicle registration numbers, unique identifying marks and descriptions of persons involved‎.

“The group are also asking for anyone who has lost their cat to email them with a location, time and circumstances so we can try and map the scale of the problem.”

The community group has also set-up a Facebook page entitled ‘Find our cats’ and organised a leaflet drop for Saturday, October 25, at 3pm, meeting at the fire station in College Street, Irthlingborough.

The Facebook page contains numerous posts from owners appealing for help finding their pets, some of which have been missing for several months.

A spokesman for the RSPCA said the county branch was aware of the issue and was working with police as part of their investigation into the missing cats.

Has your pet gone missing?

Send us pictures of your missing cats or other pets, with some details of the animal and your contact details, to nt.newsdesk@northantsnews.co.uk and we will publish them in the newspaper and on our website.