Missing cat found 30 miles away due to CCTV of it climbing into back of a van

Forget using home security systems to make sure parcels got delivered or to detect burglars. This one was used to help bring a family pet back home, after she she jumped into a TV repair van.

Darcy, a three-year-old cat owned by Matt Ryder and Katya Aleksic, didn’t come home one evening, causing Matt and Katya to a Facebook and poster appeal to find their beloved pet.

Incredibly, they managed to get a better idea of her whereabouts after a neighbour’s CCTV camera spotted her jumping into a van.

Software developer Matt, 31, said: ‘The driver had no idea she was in there and just drove off after leaving our house.

‘We contacted the driver who told us where he’d been after coming to our house and we were able to follow in Darcy’s footsteps.

‘It was a huge long shot but we didn’t give up. Eventually we received a message from someone saying they had seen her in Knighton in Leicester.

‘We drove over to the area and searched everywhere until I just dropped to my knees and shouted her name and she jumped into my arms.

‘It was like something out of a movie. It was so amazing. I was speechless and overwhelmed. I was so happy we had found her.’

She was found just 200 yards from the van driver’s Knighton stop.

Primary school teacher Katya, 27, said: ‘Matt went over straight away but by that time Darcy had run off.

‘About 30 minutes later Matt then spotted a shadow and he called out to her and she ran up to him and put her paws up on his arms.

‘When I saw her again it was the best feeling in the world and I still don’t believe it’s really happened.

‘She was quite thin but apart from that she was fine. We’re so relieved.’

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