UPDATED: Cat underneath new block of flats rescued

Trap set to catch cat living under new flats being built in Orwell Close, Aylesbury - pictured is Ricky Horstead - site supervisor and Lee Currie - site manager
Trap set to catch cat living under new flats being built in Orwell Close, Aylesbury - pictured is Ricky Horstead - site supervisor and Lee Currie - site manager
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A grey-blue tabby cat which was stuck underneath a block of flats is now free.

Builders from Crestel Partnerships working in Orwell Drive, Aylesbury, first saw the cat about three weeks ago as it went in and out of an underground void at the entrance to one of the apartments.

Last night it finally emerged and was caught in a cage left by Chiltern Cat Protection.

Volunteer Nicole Parish said: “It’s an un-neutered male tabby cat and looks about three or four years of age.

“We’ve named him Ollie. He is all right, quite sizeable, but very hungry and frightened.”

The cat is currently being checked over by a vet and will then stay with a volunteer for a few weeks while they try to locate his owner through Animal Search. He does not have a chip.

After that time, if the owner is not found, he will be available for re-homing.

If you want to be considered you can call the helpline on 0845 260 2396.

Ricky Horstead, temporary site manager, said yesterday before the cat was rescued: “We’ve tried teasing it with food and tuna but had no joy. I rang the RSPCA and they said they couldn’t do anything unless it was dead or injured.”

After calling the council for help Mr Horstead then called Chiltern Cat Protection who visited yesterday at about 1.30pm to set a cat basket by the entrance to the undeground void.

Site manager Lee Curry had said: “They seem pretty confident that they will get it, and will come back later this evening when it’s quieter to see if it has come out.”

Mr Curry said no one knew at that time whether the cat was male or female or whether it had kittens.

He said: “It comes out through the day and then goes back in again before we manage to grab hold of it.

“We’ve spent a lot of time trying to get it out. It has slowed work right down because of where the cat is.”

The underground void is at the end of a pathway between two parking bays at the entrance to a flat.

Mr Curry had added: “We need to get it out, it wouldn’t be the right thing to block it in there.

“We do get cats in the scope of works, but they usually belong to a nearby house and someone can get it out.

“But this one seems to have set up its own home underneath the building.”