The Independent London Newspaper
20th January 2017

Have you seen Winston? Thermal imaging search unit called in to find missing Belsize Park cat

    Winston went missing from his Belsize Park home on Christmas Day

    Published: 5 January, 2017
    By TOM FOOT

    A TEAM of pet detectives with thermal-imaging cameras are out searching for black cat Winston after he vanished on Christmas Day.

    Rescue cat Winston, four, has not been seen since uncharacteristically leaving his home in ­Lancaster Grove, Belsize Park, on December 25.

    His owner, sound ­engineer Richard Poynter, 32, a former Royal Marine, was working in Birmingham on a major concert while a cat-sitter stayed at home.

    “When I heard he’d gone I drove back from Birmingham on Boxing Day because I just had to do something,” said Mr Poynter. “I’ve been out three times a day, morning and midday, in the early hours of the morning, calling and searching. It’s nine or 10 days now. If anyone sees him, just give me a call. He’s deeply missed and we are broken-hearted at his disappearance.”

    Mr Poynter, and his partner Michelle who is also away in Australia, agreed to hire Animal Rescue detectives to send out a team in uniforms searching door-to-door. They use thermal-imaging cameras to check bushes and front gardens after night falls.

    Mr Poynter said: “The trouble is, Winston is really good at hiding. He’s black and if he’s on something that’s black it’s really hard to see him. We have an upturned footstool that’s black and when he’s on that no one can see him.”

    Wendy Pigott, from Animal Rescue, said: “The response from the community was very positive and we are sure that, following our ­publicity campaign in the area, it’s only a matter of time before Winston is found.”

    Have you seen Winston? Contact Richard on 07760 880496.

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