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Lost cat hides in engine of removal van and is taken 60 miles from north London

Animal charity the RSPCA wants to reunite a lost cat with his owner after he was accidentally taken 60 miles from Tottenham inside the engine of a removal van.

Nicknamed Sparky, the ginger tom cat was found when the van reached Reading.

The RSPCA believe the one-year-old cat climbed in to hide before the van left the White Hart Lane area.

Cat hides in engine of removal van and is taken 60 miles. Credit: RSPCA

Passer-by Darren Sumner, managed to coax Sparky out of the van after he spotted the vehicle broken down in London Road, Reading on Sunday August 28.

He said: “I was shocked when I saw the cat. He was sitting behind the heater matrix, I felt his paws and they were boiling hot.

“He was warm and scared so I sat and stroked him for about 30 minutes until I coaxed him out.”

Darren said: “He’s a lovely cat. He used a litter tray so I think he’s probably someone’s pet. He woke me up at about 3am in the morning for a play. I hope his owners can be found.”

the cat was given the once over by vets for a check up but he was not microchipped so it has been difficult to trace his owner.

He is now being cared for by the RSPCA Reading branch while efforts are made to try and find his owners.

Cat hides in engine of removal van and is taken 60 miles. Credit: RSPCA

Helena Peace, from the branch, said: “It’s amazing that Sparky survived his journey, it must have been terrifying for him.

“He was traumatised but physically unhurt. He’s certainly used up one of his nine lives.

“We think he’s about a year old. He’s extremely friendly and loves to climb up onto your chest for fuss.

“It would be great to reunite him with his owners, they must be worried sick about him.”

Anyone who recognises Sparky can contact Helena at the branch on 07885 655075.