Wiltshire

Wanborough antifreeze warning after cat deaths

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Image caption All five cats belonged to the same family, in Wanborough, near Swindon

A "spate of suspicious cat deaths" in a Wiltshire village could be linked to antifreeze, police have said.

Since 2012, five cats belonging to one family in Wanborough have died, "suddenly and unexpectedly", with the most recent death reported last month.

Although tests carried out on on of the cats have proved inconclusive, Wiltshire Police said it was consistent with poisoning by a toxic substance.

A local vet believes the substance could be antifreeze.

The neighbourhood policing team has also been carrying out door to door inquiries in the Swindon area.

Community beat manager, Rory Draper, said: "This has been an incredibly distressing and costly time for the family concerned, who have lost five of their six cats in unknown circumstances.

"All of the cats were perfectly healthy before their deaths and the family are now understandably concerned about the safety of their remaining cat.

"We are currently carrying out inquiries in the local area but we would urge local cat owners to be mindful and please report anything suspicious to us immediately."

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