It wasn’t all bad

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A pen­sioner who was tar­geted by scam­mers has been re­united with his life sav­ings, thanks to the in­ter­ven­tion of a taxi driver. Barry Stone, a re­tired cab­i­net maker from Mar­low, re­ceived a call from some­one who claimed to be in­ves­ti­gat­ing bank fraud for Scot­land Yard. They told the 78-year-old to with­draw £12,000 and hand the cash to a driver, who would take the notes to Lon­don so they could be checked for fin­ger­prints. But the cab­bie, Izy Rashid, quickly smelled a rat, and re­turned the notes. “I’m very, very re­lieved,” Mr Stone said.

A sur­vivor of the Gren­fell Tower fire who feared her cat had died in the dis­as­ter has been re­united with her beloved pet. When Kerry O’hara, 53, dis­cov­ered that the build­ing was ablaze, she only had time to grab her keys and a jacket be­fore flee­ing her sixth-floor flat. She fought her way through thick smoke down to the sec­ond floor, where she was res­cued by a fire­fighter. Her cat, Rosey, was left be­hind.

In the days af­ter the fire, O’hara re­peat­edly re­turned to the area to put up “miss­ing” posters and ask if any­one had seen Rosey – but she even­tu­ally gave up hope that the cat had sur­vived the fire. Then, in Au­gust, two months af­ter the dis­as­ter, Rosey was spot­ted less than half a mile from Gren­fell Tower; she was taken to a vet, who found her old ad­dress by scan­ning her mi­crochip. “I got a phone call from some­one say­ing we think we’ve found your cat,” said O’hara. “I was ask­ing, is she OK, is she burnt? But she just had a scratch on her nose. She recog­nised me straight away. Now I don’t let her out of my sight.”

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