HER owner Betty Martin, 32, was baffled when the fun-loving moggie mysteriously vanished from her garden in Meadow Edge, Barepot, near Workington.

Minutes earlier, the 11-month old cat had been racing around the garden with her sibling Ruby. It was only when Betty heard the sound of scrabbling that she found out what had happened – and saw Pearly firmly wedged and stranded in a three-inch gap between the garage and a six-feet high garden wall.

Unable to reach her pet, which was becoming increasingly distressed, Betty felt that she had no choice but to call the fire service. A crew from Workington’s white watch rose to the occasion. “They told me they could either knock down the garden wall, or knock down the garage,” said 32-year-old Betty, a paramedic.        –NS