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Mystery of Brighton's cat "Bermuda Triangle"8:00am Saturday 25th July 2009 Comments (13) � Have your say � By Nigel Freedman � A spate of missing cats in an area of Brighton has baffled worried pet owners after a series of missing posters were put up.

But fears the streets had turned into a snatch zone have been dismissed.

Concerned residents contacted The Argus after notices asking for information about missing cats appeared in the city.

At least five cats have gone missing from roads which include Montpelier Terrace, Powis Street and Victoria Street, since March.

One couple appealed for information about their six-month-old kitten Mia after she went missing from Powis Road on June 16.

Another owner was desperate to trace three-year-old Buddy who vanished from his home in May.

There were fears that the missing pets had been stolen but at least one has been reunited with its owner.

Clive Sanders, 44, a legal training adjudicator, was devastated when his six-month-old cat Persie disappeared for ten days in March.

He was one of those who put missing posters up on trees and lampposts in the area.

Persie had followed someone from her home late at night in Victoria Street to Vernon Terrace, near Seven Dials.

Mr Sanders said: "When he realised she was still there the next day and was lost he took her to a cat rescue shelter in Portslade.

"They had put her up as missing on their website but it wasn't until a friend suggested contacting rescue centres that I found her.

"My main advice now is for people to contact the cat rescue charities when their pets go missing.

"The second thing they should do is to get their cat chipped so it can be identified if it does stray and is found." Jay Shah, owner of nearby Victoria Road Stores for 18 years, said he frequently has requests from residents to put up missing posters for their pets.

He said: "It has not been too bad recently but there used to be loads going missing.

"Three years ago there were newspaper stories about cats being killed and mutilated and their bodies left on the owners' doorstep.

"It was here in Brighton and in Worthing and West Sussex, but this is nothing like that.

"Cats wander off all the time and get shut in sheds or basements so I don't think there is anything sinister about the latest posters that have gone up." Ron Ayres, who has run Lost Cats Brighton, in Valley Road, Portslade, for nine years agreed it was unlikely the area had been targeted by a cat snatcher.

Mr Ayres, 71, said: "A lot come from terraced streets and get into the house behind.

"The householder puts the cat out onto their street and it gets lost because it doesn't recognise where it is.

"From time to time you will get eccentric pensioners who collect what they think are strays off the street and take them home." Lost Cats Brighton keeps details and photographs on its website of cats from all over Sussex reported to it as lost or found .

For further details go to www.lostcatsbrighton.org.uk.

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8:06am Sat 25 Jul 09It is not only the pensioners who are eccentric!!!!! It is not only the pensioners who are eccentric!!!!! Report this post � S.T.

Rewth, Brighton says...

8:39am Sat 25 Jul 09Lots of take-aways and resturants in the arae? Lots of take-aways and resturants in the arae? Report this post � TheInsider, Brighton says...

9:24am Sat 25 Jul 09Cats are renowned for getting fed at numerous houses and making friends with humans.

They have probably all just moved into new homes.

Cats are renowned for getting fed at numerous houses and making friends with humans.

They have probably all just moved into new homes.

Report this post � Donkey OT, Ringmer says...

9:32am Sat 25 Jul 09Cats are fickle and will be friends with anybody who feeds them.

Unlike donkeys who bond for life.

You wouldn't want one in your veggie patch though Harry.

Cats are fickle and will be friends with anybody who feeds them.

Unlike donkeys who bond for life.

You wouldn't want one in your veggie patch though Harry.

Report this post � Harry Callahan, Worthing says...

9:49am Sat 25 Jul 09Donkey OT wrote: Cats are fickle and will be friends with anybody who feeds them.

Unlike donkeys who bond for life.

You wouldn't want one in your veggie patch though Harry.Rather the donkey than a cat, at least I could find more uses for a donkey than a cat, cats don't even taste very nice (according to a friend who has been to China and tried).

[quote][p][bold]Donkey OT[/bold] wrote: Cats are fickle and will be friends with anybody who feeds them.

Unlike donkeys who bond for life.

You wouldn't want one in your veggie patch though Harry.[/p][/quote]Rather the donkey than a cat, at least I could find more uses for a donkey than a cat, cats don't even taste very nice (according to a friend who has been to China and tried).

Report this post � Asbo, says...

10:25am Sat 25 Jul 09Harry..............

Is the internet the only form of communication you have with the outside world? Harry..............

Is the internet the only form of communication you have with the outside world? Report this post � PETE OF QUEENS PARK, BRIGHTON says...

10:49am Sat 25 Jul 09The Chinese are partial to the odd cat or two,not bad with a few noodles The Chinese are partial to the odd cat or two,not bad with a few noodles Report this post � Granny, Brighton says...

2:22pm Sat 25 Jul 09Why accuse "eccentric" pensioners? I have met many young people who are more eccentric than their elders.

Is Mr Ayres talking from personal experience? Why accuse "eccentric" pensioners? I have met many young people who are more eccentric than their elders.

Is Mr Ayres talking from personal experience? Report this post � Conor, Sussex says...

2:50pm Sat 25 Jul 09I'm surprised the headline didn't say "Bermewda Triangle".

It's not often The Argus passes up the opportunity to make a pun.

I'm surprised the headline didn't say "Bermewda Triangle".

It's not often The Argus passes up the opportunity to make a pun.

Report this post � longman, brighton says...

5:50pm Sat 25 Jul 09Harry Callahan, you had better watch out with your electric fences.

Any kid (or adult for that matter) that accidentally trips over and electrocutes themselves on your wire will certainly sue.

You deserve to lose the case.

Far better to have a cat on your land than being over run by mice and rats.

We have plenty of cats in our garden, its a pain, but we are not cruel.

For goodness sake, use feline pepper or something like that.

Harry Callahan, you had better watch out with your electric fences.

Any kid (or adult for that matter) that accidentally trips over and electrocutes themselves on your wire will certainly sue.

You deserve to lose the case.

Far better to have a cat on your land than being over run by mice and rats.

We have plenty of cats in our garden, its a pain, but we are not cruel.

For goodness sake, use feline pepper or something like that.

Report this post � Harry Callahan, Worthing says...

7:27pm Sat 25 Jul 09longman wrote: Harry Callahan, you had better watch out with your electric fences.

Any kid (or adult for that matter) that accidentally trips over and electrocutes themselves on your wire will certainly sue.

You deserve to lose the case.

Far better to have a cat on your land than being over run by mice and rats.

We have plenty of cats in our garden, its a pain, but we are not cruel.

For goodness sake, use feline pepper or something like that.

Being as this electric fence is in the back garden of my house that is surrounded by a 7ft fence if anyone does get themselves electrocuted (by the way electrocuted means that you are dead therefore cannot sue)then that is tough luck, shouldn't have been in my garden to start with!!!.

[quote][p][bold]longman[/bold] wrote: Harry Callahan, you had better watch out with your electric fences.

Any kid (or adult for that matter) that accidentally trips over and electrocutes themselves on your wire will certainly sue.

You deserve to lose the case.

Far better to have a cat on your land than being over run by mice and rats.

We have plenty of cats in our garden, its a pain, but we are not cruel.

For goodness sake, use feline pepper or something like that.

[/p][/quote]Being as this electric fence is in the back garden of my house that is surrounded by a 7ft fence if anyone does get themselves electrocuted (by the way electrocuted means that you are dead therefore cannot sue)then that is tough luck, shouldn't have been in my garden to start with!!!.

Report this post � TheInsider, Brighton says...

12:31am Sun 26 Jul 09Harry lives in Worthing and that is a worse punishment than having a cat crapping in your garden.

Poor dirty Harry.

Harry lives in Worthing and that is a worse punishment than having a cat crapping in your garden.

Poor dirty Harry.

Report this post � justme, hove says...

1:13am Sun 26 Jul 09"My main advice now is for people to contact the cat rescue charities when their pets go missing" good lord - really? "My main advice now is for people to contact the cat rescue charities when their pets go missing" good lord - really? Report this post �Your sayYour The Argus Add your commentRegister for a FREE The Argus account and you can have your say on today's news and sport by adding comments on articles we publish.

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