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Killed Penryn bypass kittens 'fell from the engine' - case is closed
3:37pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
Police have described the death of kittens on Penryn bypass as “a tragic accident rather than a malicious act.”
New information has come to light that has led police to close the case, it was confirmed today on the Falmouth Police Facebook page.
It is after police put out an appeal for witnesses following the incident at 9.15am on August 23.
At the time it was claimed a motorist saw the driver put his arm out of the window twice and drop something onto the busy carriageway.
The actions were described as “horrific” by police and a reward was subsequently offered by an animal charity for information leading to a conviction.
This morning, however, a police spokesperson has put an update on Facebook to say that as a result of the high profile campaign a woman came forward to say she drove a similar car and could be put in the area at the time stated.
The officer writing on Facebook said: “She lives on a farm which has several feral cats and having returned from her journey she could hear a cat calling from within her car.
“A kitten was located in the engine compartment which was then reunited with its mother.
“Enquiries would suggest that two other kittens fell from the engine compartment while the vehicle was in motion and that no criminal action by any individual took place.”
The officer confirmed that no other witnesses had come forward.
They added: “Devon and Cornwall Police would like to thank the public for their assistance with this incident. The strength of feeling felt within the community reflects the love we hold for our pets and other animals.
“It is with great relief that we can confirm that this was a tragic and unforeseeable accident rather than the act of a callous owner.”
All enquiries have been carried out for this incident and the case has now been closed.
- Do you know the woman involved? Contact Graham Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01326 213338.
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