A perfectly groomed cat has been meowing its neighbours on a residential street in North Shields.
The hedge on Cleveland Avenue has been lovingly trimmed by owner Helen Saunders and has become somewhat of a local attraction.
"It grew from a tiny little bush about 15 years or more ago," said the cat-lover."My neighbour said that with that kind of bush, you could do topiary with it and I thought, 'oh, I will try it', I was just going to grow these ball things, and then it just grew and started to look like a bird - but then I thought of a cat, because we like cats."
The design has taken more than ten years to purrfect and has had several incarnations - from Ginger, Buster and Annie, to Jasper, Lucy and now Merlin.