Po­lice cat found af­ter two weeks

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A north Auck­land po­lice sta­tion’s crime-fight­ing cat Con­sta­ble Snick­ers has come home af­ter go­ing miss­ing for more than a fort­night. The two-year-old tabby and known es­cape artist was last seen on Oc­to­ber 16, Whanga­paraoa po­lice watch­house of­fi­cer Char­lotte Jones said.

Snick­ers had made quite the jour­ney - he was found by a fam­ily on Shake­spear Rd on Fri­day afternoon, five kilo­me­tres from the sta­tion. They had recog­nised Snick­ers be­cause his ‘miss­ing’ poster was on their fridge. The beloved po­lice sta­tion cat had lost a bit of weight, but was in other­wise good health and was given the all-clear from a lo­cal vet.

Snick­ers, who has his own In­sta­gram page ’Snick­ers the Po­lice Cat’, is friendly and is of­ten seen on his ‘‘beat’’ - crossing the busy main road to hang out at Coast Plaza. He can of­ten be seen brows­ing the li­brary, sneak­ing into movies at Hoyts Cin­ema, and leap­ing into the McDon­ald’s drive-through win­dow.

‘‘He’s itch­ing to get out again al­ready, but we’ll be keep­ing him in over the week­end and maybe for the week,’’ Jones said. She said it was through the com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether that he was home safe and sound, with peo­ple print­ing fliers and do­ing mail drops. He was lov­ing be­ing back, she said, and had been show­ered with treats and cud­dles all afternoon.

MATTHEW CATTIN/STUFF

Se­nior con­sta­ble Ni­cola Pater­son holds Snick­ers.

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