You need to be vigilant in London especially if you have a purebred cat companion. It’s rare but it does happen: cat abduction with menaces. The criminals know that a cat lover will pay up because they have a strong emotional attachment to their cat.
Also, in England most cat owners let their cats go outside unattended. On this occasion a beautiful blue, female British Shorthair (see above) slipped out the home in North Kensington, London. Not long after her owner, Mr Meadows, 62, had posted fliers publicising that his cat was lost he received a phone call demanding £5,000 for the cat’s return. The criminal sounded menacing.
Later, on receiving a second phone call, the demand was for £2,000. He agreed to pay and Mr Meadows, together with a friend, met three criminals in a car park in Brentwood. At the meeting he managed to renegotiate the ransom money to £1,500.
He has his cat back and he is livid. This was not a case of someone finding a lost cat. This was cat abduction (theft) and a demand for money. He has told the police. What chance they find the culprits? It is a very small chance.
It actually makes me concerned because I live in London and if this happened to me and my cat I’d be very angry and distressed. I don’t know how it would end up.
There is an increased amount of gang crime in England. I believe some of it is due to Eastern European gangs allowed into England under the EU right to freedom of movement rules. Eastern European countries recently joined the EU.