A family whose beloved cat was brazenly stolen right in front of their eyes have issued a fresh call for witnesses - after CCTV emerged of a man thought to be involved.
The D’Eath family of Hollyrood Road in St James, found black and white cat Socks in a neighbour’s garden when she was only a few weeks old and have looked after her ever since.
But the friendly family pet, who belonged to six-year-old Deliuf D’eath, was taken at around 3.30pm on Monday, April 20, right in front of them.
Grandmother Catherine D’eath described how it happened.
She said: “My daughter, Laura, had gone to collect my grandchildren from St James’ Primary School and on the way back they saw a brown-haired man carrying a cat by the scruff of its neck.
“My grandson, Deliuf, pointed at the cat and said ‘mummy is that Socks’?
“It’s just horrible for Deliuf. He keeps asking us will we ever see Socks again?”Catherine D’Eath
“My daughter realised it actually was, so she challenged the man, but without saying anything he just ran.”
Catherine D’eath said daughter Laura could not give chase to the man as she had her two children with her.
But she saw the culprit run past Vicarage Road, near St James’ Primary School, which at the time would have had hundreds of parents picking up children from the premises.
The family have contacted police about the theft and have been handing out flyers in the area appealing for information.
Staff at Harlestone Road Dental Practice had also seen a man running past the premises at 3.33pm on the day.
The dental practice has now provided the family with CCTV of the man they suspect, which, although very fuzzy, shows a man quickening his pace.
The man that took the cat, Catherine said, was tall, white, with dark brown hair. He was wearing a dark jacket, black trainers and tracksuit bottoms.
“She was such a lovely cat,” Catherine added: “She would often follow Laura down the road when she went to pick up the children and she would sit on the wall and wait for them.
“Maybe someone had seen her doing that? Maybe someone knew Socks would be sat there at that time.”
“It’s just horrible for Deliuf. He keeps asking us will we ever see Socks again?”
Socks is a young female, black with white on paws and chest and of a very slim build. She has also been microchipped.
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call police on 101, or call Catherine D’Eath on 07946374595.