A HUNT for two cat kidnappers has been launched by an “anxious and upset” couple whose pet did not return home one night.

Simon and Lorna Fielker, from Swathling, took to social media after realising their cat Freddie was not sitting in his usual spot outside their home.

Police have confirmed the theft of the stolen cat from Bluebell Road, which took place on Thursday May 7.

The pair have now come to believe that two girls stole their beloved nine-year-old family pet late at night after watching CCTV.

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Simon and wife Lorna

Simon said that one girl can be seen holding their cat in his arms, while another girl “uses her body to hide Freddie”.

He said: “We noticed he was missing the next morning, as Freddie wasn’t in his usual spot and didn’t eat his food. It was then I checked the CCTV.

“On Thursday May 7, our lovely Freddie was abducted by two girls, which I'm certain of. My neighbour once confronted these two girls when they tried to take his cat.”

Hundreds of neighbours have tried to help the couple find their cat, who is considered a "valuable member of the neighbourhood".

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Simon with Freddie the cat

He added: “My wife and me are very anxious and upset. Freddie is loved by us and our neighbours, as he is very friendly, with a lovely disposition.

"We don’t think Freddie is far away, but I don’t have the evidence to support knocking on their door, quite yet.

“I just want Freddie back where he is loved and well-looked after. If you’re the people who took Freddie, please release him near our house so he can find his way back.

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Freddie has been missing for over a week

“My wife and I will not give up looking for Freddie, as he is a valuable member of our family and our neighbourhood. Please give him back.”

They are offering a £150 reward to anyone who can bring their cat home.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said: “We received a report on 13 May that a cat had been stolen from outside an address on Bluebell Road, Southampton. The theft happened at approximately 9.50pm on Thursday 7 May.

“Anyone with information should phone 101, quoting 44200169678.”