Locked-in car survives ordeal

Reunited Kay Matthews and her cat Garfield which was trapped in an empty house.
Reunited Kay Matthews and her cat Garfield which was trapped in an empty house.

A KITTEN called Garfield is recovering after being trapped for a week in a boarded-up house owned by a company named Tiger Estates.

Nine-month-old Garfield had been missing for days when residents realised the cat had wandered in to an empty property in the West End and couldn’t get out.

Owner Kay Matthews and her friend Glenda Richmond began to panic when they saw the poor animal pawing and crying at the window of the locked building on Clarendon Road.

They called the emergency services, only to be told it wasn’t their responsibility. Seven days after first disappearing, Garfield was finally freed when someone from Tiger Estates came out to open the door.

“She’s lost quite a bit of weight but she’s OK now she’s got a good meal inside her,” said Glenda.

“She must have got in before it was boarded up. Nobody was doing anything about it. I could hear her meowing all night and all day.”