Cat owner’s fury after ‘cold-hearted’ delivery driver appears to ‘deliberately’ run over his beloved deaf pet Mr Bumbles – causing his death three days later
- CCTV captured moment delivery driver runs over 18-year-old cat in cul-de-sac
- Owner claimed the man had drove into Mr Bumbles because ‘he got impatient’
- Incident in a Great Plumstead, Norfolk cul-de-sac was caught on camera
- Mr Bumbles’ owner Paul Walker wants police to prosecute the driver after he racked up £1,600 in vet bills trying to save his pet
A cat owner has vented his fury after a ‘cold-hearted’ delivery driver who appeared to deliberately run over his beloved pet – causing its death three days later.
Mr Bumbles, an 18-year-old cat who was deaf, was ploughed into by the estate car in the horrifying incident that was caught on camera.
Owner Paul Walker, 58, says the driver ‘intentionally’ hit Mr Bumbles before fleeing as the cat lay in agony in the Norwich cul-de-sac.
CCTV footage appears to show the black vehicle slowing to allow the cat to cross the road before suddenly accelerating towards him.
This is the shocking moment a delivery driver is alleged to have ‘intentionally’ hit a beloved pet cat as he attempted to drive through a cul-de-sac in Great Plumstead, Norfolk
The driver is confronted by furious neighbours before he mounts the pavement to avoid Mr Bumbles’ stricken body and leaves the estate in Great Plumstead in Norfolk.
Paul, who spent £1,600 on vet bills to try to save Mr Bumbles, said he wants to see police prosecute the driver.
The taxi firm boss said: ‘It was cold-hearted. He obviously didn’t have any compassion for the cat.
‘I can forgive someone accidentally running the cat over but I think he got impatient and saw the cat wasn’t going to move out the way and just ran over him.
Mr Bumbles, an 18-year-old cat who was deaf, was ploughed into by the estate car in the horrifying incident that was caught on camera
Owner Paul Walker, 58, says the driver ‘intentionally’ hit Mr Bumbles before fleeing as the cat lay in agony in the Norwich cul-de-sac
‘It shows no heart and no soul.
‘He saw the cat squirming around in the road. He was in a horrible state.’
In the video captured at around 6.30pm on March 25, locals can be seen approaching the man, who is believed to work for a local food delivery service.
The man, who seems to be at the wrong address, rings a doorbell with a delivery bag in his hand.
One woman says: ‘This cat is going to die now. Seriously? And you don’t give a s***.
The man responds: ‘What? I stopped. I’m really sorry but I’m not watching in the bottom of cars [sic].’
Mr Bumbles – described by Paul as a ‘proper gentleman’ – had to be put down three days later due to his injuries, which included a broken pelvis, gauged eye and fractured spine.
The cat was adopted by Paul and his wife Suzette, 56, two years ago after he was passed on by a neighbour who moved out of the estate.
CCTV footage appears to show the black vehicle slowing to allow the cat to cross the road before suddenly accelerating towards him. The cat is then heard calling out in agony as it lies helplessly in the road
Paul said: ‘He was such a beautiful cat. We’re just devastated he’s not here.
‘Mr Bumbles was in good health apart from a heart murmur.
‘He was initially called socks because of his white feet, then the children in the estate named him Mr Bumbles because he used to bumble around.
‘He would greet you at the bottom of the stairs in the morning and sit on your lap. He was quite special – a proper gentleman.
‘I think the guy should pay for the vet bills and be done for reckless driving. He should be held accountable.’
Norfolk Police said they were investigating the incident, and that no arrests had been made.
The RSPCA was approached for comment.
Attempts have been made to contact the delivery driver, who is believed to be self-employed.