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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


Women dies after being hit by a lorry

A pedestrian has died after colliding with a lorry Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A woman has been fatally injured following a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian near Lichfield in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A38 and Fradley Lane, between Fradley and Hilliard’s Cross, shortly after 12.40am. An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a lorry and pedestrian that had been in collision.

“The pedestrian, a woman, had suffered significant injuries in the collision.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became evident that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The lorry driver, a man, was assessed by medics and discharged on scene.”

Train delays between Lichfield and Birmingham

Delays between Birmingham and Lichfield for London Midland trains Credit: PA

There are delays to London Midland trains between Lichfield Trent Valley and Birmingham New Street until lunchtime today.

A vehicle has hit a bridge at Erdington; the bridge has been examined and trains are now able to run between the two stations. Delays of up to 30 minutes can be expected while services return to normal.


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Michael Fabricant, the MP for Lichfield Credit: PA

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