Long arm of law tries to stop Tinkerbell roaming

Yaqoob Khan with his cat Tinkerbell which caused a massive police response when it got into a neighbour's house
Yaqoob Khan with his cat Tinkerbell which caused a massive police response when it got into a neighbour's house
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THERE isn’t a curious cat in the county who doesn’t enjoy a stroll around the streets of an evening...

But little Yaqoob Khan is keeping a closer eye on his pet puss from now on - after his astonished dad was given a ticking-off by police for allowing the cat to wander.

Kishwar Khan, aged 30, says he was stunned when police sent an officer to his Sheffield home to speak to him about his ginger-and-white moggy’s movements.

He said the officer told him a neighbour had phoned police after the cat - named Tinkerbell - roamed repeatedly onto their property.

“The officer told me our family cat, which belongs to my three-year-old son Yaqoob, keeps going to a neighbour’s house - and a complaint had been made to the police,” Mr Khan said.

“The police asked me if I could stop the cat from doing it. How am I supposed to do that? It’s perfectly normal for cats to wander the neighbourhood when they are let out of the house. Every cat does it.

“I told them there was nothing I could do other than keep the cat locked up all day long.”

Mr Khan, from Pitsmoor, added: “I couldn’t believe a police officer had taken the time to come and call at my house to talk to me about a cat.

“I would have thought the police would have better things to do with their time than to send officers on inquiries about cats.”

Inspector Jayne Forrest said the discussion formed a small part of another inquiry.

“Police were called to an address in the Firshill area of Sheffield following an allegation of harassment,” she said.

“When we receive any reports of this nature, it’s vital officers follow up all lines of inquiry.

“Harassment comes in many different forms and the incident described by Mr Khan formed part of an inquiry on that day.”