George Osborne's lost cat returns to Downing Street

Chancellor George Osborne's cat Freya has been returned to Downing Street, after being found frightened and lost in Vauxhall, London.

Outreach worker Kate Jones found Freya far from home and identified the wandering feline from a tag on her collar.

Chancellor George Osborne's cat Freya. Credit: Thames Reach's London Street Rescue/PA Wire

Ms Jones said: "I'm not so used to working with homeless cats but when we saw Freya we realised how distressed she was, we did the only right thing possible and helped her get off the streets too."

Freya spent the night on Ms Jones's pillow before being collected by Downing Street officials.

She had somehow travelled south of the river and at least 1.5 miles before being found.

Freya, who moved to Downing Street with the Osborne family in 2010, has reportedly gone missing before, after disappearing from the family's Notting Hill home in 2009.