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19May94 UK: JACKER'S JOURNAL - CAT CAPERS.

My picture this week shows Julie Edgar of the Little Valley Animal Shelter near Exeter, Julia Rich of Devon County Council's social services department, and Dick Purton, contracts manager of west country contractor Sleeman. And Diesel the cat.It was Diesel the cat who was responsible for bringing this assorted trio together.Mr Purton set out from his home in Teignmouth to drive the 12 miles to his office in Exeter. When he arrived, his car appeared to be making a strange miaowing sound, so he opened the bonnet. Out jumped a cat.Mr Purton tried to grab the animal, but it disappeared. Public-spiritedly, he trawled round the local offices, alerting staff to be on the look-out for a tortoise-shell moggy. To no avail.The story then moves on to the end of the day. Ms Rich, after a hard day's social servicing, got in her car and drove home the 15 miles from Exeter to Newton Abbot.When she arrived, her car appeared also to be making a strange miaowing sound, so she opened the bonnet. Out jumped the same cat, this time into a waiting cat basket, which Ms Rich had thoughtfully provided.The cat, which had travelled 27 miles at speeds of up to 70 mph, had ended up only a few miles from where it had started and was none the worse for the experience. Off it went to the Little Valley Animal Shelter, where it was nicknamed Diesel.That wasn't the end of it, though. A couple of days later, Mr Purton answered a knock at the door of his Teignmouth home. A worried cat owner was brandishing a picture of a missing tortoise-shell moggy. Instant recognition.Cat repatriated. Happy ending. CONSTRUCTION NEWS