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20 October 2016

A near disaster resulted in a purrfect ending thanks to the quick actions of Persimmon Homes staff at the Oxley Springs development in Milton Keynes.

Emma Smith, aged 30, was staying with her mother who lives opposite the development when her two-year-old cat, Honey, went missing.

“Honey had been missing for nearly two weeks when I heard distressed crying coming from where they’re building,” Emma explains. “As it was a Friday night there was only the security guard there but he let me have a look around.

“I could hear a cat through the air vent in the foundations but couldn’t see anything and didn’t know if it was Honey. I called the RSPCA who said wait until the next day as cats can usually free themselves when they get stuck, but the crying was weaker in the morning.”

Emma, who has two young sons, Sam and Josh, went with her father into the marketing suite on the Saturday and explained there was a cat stuck somewhere in the building work. Everyone immediately sprang into action.

The groundworkers stopped work on the house straightaway and began to take the foundations apart. As the floor is built of beams on top of blocks with a space beneath, they knocked a section out of each of the floors so the cat could escape.

“The builders were just fantastic,” says Emma. “They had no hesitation in knocking out bricks and gave me a hard hat and high visibility jacket so I could go onto the building site and try to coax Honey out.”

Eventually, Emma managed to get Honey to climb out by placing a tin of tuna by one of the holes the groundworkers had made and a very hungry and frightened cat was reunited with her owner.

Although she’d become quite thin during her ordeal, Honey was given a clean bill of health by the vet and has made a full recovery.

Claire Lambert, head of sales for Persimmon Homes Midlands, says: “Oxley Springs has only been open for three weeks and the first houses are just being built. As soon as we found out a cat had become stuck, our groundworkers pulled out all the stops to rescue it.

“We’re delighted that Honey is now safe and well back at home.”

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