Firefighters and RSPCA rescue cat trapped between two Middlesbrough homes

Kevin the cat, who was rescued in Middlesbrough. Credit: RSPCA

A cat who got stuck in a three-inch gap between two properties was rescued after firefighters removed bricks from a garage wall.

Kevin, a black and white cat, may have fallen off a roof then cried for help after he was trapped in the tight space between the homes in Hesleden Avenue, Middlesbrough.

His loud meowing alerted neighbours who called in the RSPCA and Cleveland Fire and Rescue, who were unable to reach the stricken pet with their specialist equipment.

Firefighters and the RSPCA worked for more than two hours to free Kevin. Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA said the woman who owned the garage "kindly" allowed the fire service to remove some bricks near where he was trapped and the RSPCA's Shane Lynn was able to grab him in a rescue operation which took two-and-a-half hours.

A trip to the vet showed Kevin had only suffered a swollen knee and his microchip meant he could be reunited with his owners who live nearby.

Mr Lynn said: "His owners were extremely grateful to see him. It turns out Kevin moved into the neighbourhood with his owners only four weeks prior to his adventure - so he has already made quite the first impression in the area."

He added: "Often in these situations we use specialist poles to grasp trapped animals but in this case we could not reach the cat.

"It was decided the only way to free him would be to go through the garage wall which the homeowner kindly agreed to."