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Cat survives 150 mile round trip trapped in car engine bay

Darcy survived his ordeal with just a small bald patch to show for it Credit: RSPCA

A cat has managed to survive a 150 mile round-trip whilst trapped in the engine bay of a Mercedes Benz.

Four-year-old tabby cat Darcy is thought to have taken shelter from the rain under the car and somehow got trapped in the engine bay.

The owner of the car made the startling discovery when she took her car to the garage after returning from a trip from Cannock, in Staffordshire, to Manchester.

Staff at Fix Auto in Crossfield Industrial Estate, Lichfield, first became aware there was a problem when the car’s owner reported its engine warning light had come on and yet there were no obvious sign of a problem.

After a test drive, they noticed a strange burning smell rising from under the bonnet and then, on closer inspection, discovered fur wrapped around the engine’s alternator.

Fearing the worst, they inspected the engine itself, only to find Darcy alive and well in the engine.

Darcy survived a 150 mile trip trapped in the car engine Credit: RSPCA

Technicians at Fix Auto in Lichfield said that the car had been brought in just before close on Saturday afternoon, meaning that Darcy wasn't discovered until Monday morning.

The poor thing looked absolutely petrified. Who knows how long he had been stuck in there."

“He was so close to various moving parts, it’s a miracle he survived.”

– Lee Langley, Fix Auto Lichfield’s technician

Staff called the RSPCA and Inspector Kate Levesley arrived to help with the rescue.

Darcy’s owner, Christine Evans, of Lupin Drive, Cannock, said she was thrilled to get Darcy back after he had been missing for three days.

Darcy is recovering remarkably well following his ordeal Credit: RSPCA

Darcy is absolutely fine other than he’s got a bald patch on his tail. When he got back home he acted as though nothing had happened. We are so happy to have him back.”

– Christine Evans, Darcy's owner


Free smoke alarms for private landlords

Private landlords will be able to claim free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for rented properties at Cannock Fire Station later.

From 1st October 2015 landlords across the country will be required to install and check smoke alarms in a bid to prevent fire deaths and injuries.

New regulations surrounding smoke alarms come into force from October Credit: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

The event, where landlords will be able to find out about the new government regulations, is on between 11am and 1pm.

Two bikers killed in motorbike crash on A5

Two men have died in a motorbike crash. Credit: DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

Two bikers were killed in a crash which closed a seven-mile stretch of the A5.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene after the smash close to Gailey, near Cannock.

Officers are now supporting the families of both victims, who were riding a red BMW motorbike and a white-and-blue Suzuki.

The A5 remains closed between Weston-under-Lizard and Gailey whilst a detailed examination of the scene takes place.

This includes utilising the force of a helicopter to take aerial photographs."

– police spokesman

West Midlands Ambulance: Avoid M6 accident area

West Midlands Ambulance service are advising travellers to avoid the area of the M6 where a serious road accident took place earlier this morning.

Traffic has been halted to enable an air ambulance to attend the scene between Junction 11 A460 / A462 (Cannock) and Junction 10A M54.

Travel: Traffic halted on M6 Southbound and Northbound

M6 Southbound:

The M6 has been closed southbound with traffic currently stationary due to a serious accident involving a lorry and car. Traffic halted between J11 A460/1462 (Cannock) and J10A M54 as emergency services deal with them.

M6 Northbound:

Traffic has been stopped Northbound between J10A M54 and J11 A460/A462 (Cannock) to enable the Air Ambulance to land.


Cameron in Help to Buy Cannock visit

The Prime Minister visited Cannock this morning to see new homes built under the Government's Help To Buy Scheme.

Mr Cameron met families who have benefitted from the scheme, before touring a new housing development where homes have been built on the site of a former factory and warehouse off Watling Street.

David Cameron visited Cannock this morning Credit: ITV News Central

The Help to Buy scheme has enabled 8,266 people in the West Midlands buy a new home since it was created, new figures have revealed today.

It was created in 2013 "to support hard-working taxpayers" who could pay a mortgage, but couldn't afford the high deposits demanded by lenders in the wake of the financial crisis.

Thanks to Help to Buy, this government has helped thousands of hardworking people that otherwise would have been locked out of home ownership get the keys to their own home and enjoy the security that comes with it.

This is all part of our long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain – and, together with cutting income tax, lowering council tax bills and freezing fuel duty, the government is backing those who work hard and get on find the financial security they deserve.

– David Cameron, Prime minister
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