Willesden: Prank callers harass pensioner

Heartless prank callers have been harassing a distressed pensioner who lost his cat.

Heartless prank callers have been harassing a distressed pensioner who lost his cat.

Stan Hayward, 80, of Walm Lane, Willesden, was left heartbroken when his black and white cat Mimi went missing at the end of September.

He immediately drew up wanted notices urging anyone who had seen his feline friend to get in touch.

But Mr Hayward was left devastated when he received three prank calls in the early hours of the morning claiming his cat was dead, or in a pet shop.


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Mr Hayward, author of the popular children’s TV series ‘Henry the Cat’, said: “The woman in Bubblicious said she didn’t know what I was talking about. I rang the police because someone could be harassing me or using me to harass the woman in the shop.”

Jean Muir, 73, of Primrose Hill, a fellow author and close friend of Mr Hayward said she had heard of many other people who had received malicious calls after putting up wanted signs for their missing cats.

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Mr Hayward said: “I have looked at various cat sites like the RSPCA and Battersea Dogs/Cats home, and there is nothing I can see that alerts owners to these malicious calls which are of course distressing if taken by elderly people or children.”

If you any information on Mimi contact Mr. Hayward on 0208 459 7298.

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