Halfords hero rescues kitten from car radiator grille
THERE was a purr-fect ending to the tale of a kitten trapped in the grille of a car when it was safely rescued by cat lovers.
The dramatic incident began when a man drove his car into the Sainsbury's supermarket car park, in Wessex Fields on Sunday morning.
Several customers said they heard a cat meowing from somewhere in the car and rushed over to tell the driver.
Kevin Barnes, of Critchill, Frome, said he was getting his carrier bags out of the boot when behind him he heard a cat cry.
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He said: "The car drove past us and I heard a very strange noise of a cat and realised it was somewhere in the car.
"Someone stood next to us heard it as well and we all rushed over to where the man had parked.
"As soon as we got near the car we heard the cat meowing again and at first we couldn't figure out where it was.
"But we then looked in the grille of the car and there it was."
Several people had gathered after hearing the cat to try to figure out how to remove it.
Mr Barnes called Halfords to see if they could help and it was suggested that the man drive slowly across the road to the store.
Mr Barnes said: "When I called Halfords, I said to them 'this is not a wind-up, do you have any tools to remove a cat from the grille of a car?
"It was just so bizarre to hear a kitten crying but when we arrived the staff were great.
"One of the bolts on the front of the grille was missing and so a member of staff was able to remove it after a few minutes and persuade the kitten to come out.
"The driver of the car had to rush off as he was late for work, but we don't know where he was from or how many miles he had driven with the cat – it was so lucky."
Thankfully, the kitten, who has been nicknamed Dave, was uninjured but was naturally traumatised and shaking.
It is now being looked after by Halfords staff member Libby Woodland, who has agreed to foster the eight-week-old kitten.
She said: "Our duty manager Shane Trask was brilliant, it took him five or ten minutes to take off the grille and all we could see were these little eyes.
"We first thought it was a massive cat but when Shane got it out he was so tiny. He was able to get the kitten and put it in a Halfords T-shirt.
"It was really scared and shaking a lot but he is doing well now, having plenty of cuddles and a little food. Shane is a very caring man – he is our hero."
Duty manager, Shane Trask, said: "I was just doing my job, we aim to please all our customers."