Essex

Essex road workers' CCTV captures cat pursuing rat in tunnel

Cat in drainage tunnel Image copyright Highways England
Image caption This is the first time a cat has been seen on camera using drainage tunnels, according to Highways England

A real-life game of "cat and mouse" has been captured on camera by road workers installing a drainage tunnel.

They sent a camera down to check all was well with their work and saw a cat chasing a large rat.

Highways England site supervisor Jason Appleton said it was the first time their cameras had picked up "an intrepid moggy in hot pursuit".

The rat escaped and the cat was later seen exiting the tunnel, which is by the A120 at Wix in Essex.

Image copyright Highways England
Image caption The workers soon realised the cat was chasing after a rat

Mr Appleton said: "It was like an episode of Tom and Jerry live".

The tunnel was been constructed as part of a £5.98m package of maintenance work across the A12 and A120.

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