INVESTIGATIONS are taking place into the disappearance of up to five cats from a Fremington housing estate in the past two weeks. Local councillor John Gill said: Usually it is cats going out at night and being knocked down by cars. But to have five go m

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INVESTIGATIONS are taking place into the disappearance of up to five cats from a Fremington housing estate in the past two weeks.

Local councillor John Gill said: "Usually it is cats going out at night and being knocked down by cars. But to have five go missing at once from a very small area is very strange. It is almost like a Bermuda triangle for cats!"

Julie Mead of Oakleigh Avenue had her two cats go missing within two days of each other, ginger Malley on October 17 and tortoiseshell Hope on the 19th.

Elaine Neave of adjoining Elmleigh Avenue lost her six-year-old tortoiseshell Connie on the 16th.

Other neighbours had then told of two other cats missing from the same streets, said Julie.

Strangely, Julie's ginger cat Malley turned up 10 days later - in Newport, Barnstaple! It was in good condition and there was no sign that it had been wand\ering around for 10 days, she said.

PC?Terry Hodgson, Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Fremington, said police had been informed.

Although there had been no official complaints, he would be looking into the missing animals, he said. He appealed to anyone who might have any information to contact him on 08452 777444 or by e-mail on terry.hodgson@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk