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Boy, seven, whose cat was killed outside his home gives stern scowl to speeding drivers

PUBLISHED: 13:11 31 July 2020 | UPDATED: 13:49 31 July 2020

Seven-year-old Harry Cannell whose cat was killed by a car outside his home has been busy policing drivers by giving them a

Seven-year-old Harry Cannell whose cat was killed by a car outside his home has been busy policing drivers by giving them a "stern glare". Picture: Family Handout/Claire Cannell

A boy from mid Norfolk whose cat was killed by a car outside his home is giving speeding drivers a stern scowl.

Seven-year-old Harry Cannell whose cat was killed by a car outside his home has been busy policing drivers by giving them a Seven-year-old Harry Cannell whose cat was killed by a car outside his home has been busy policing drivers by giving them a "stern glare". Picture: Family Handout/Claire Cannell

Harry Cannell, from Mattishall, has been keeping an eye on traffic going past his home after his beloved cat, Trevor was run over last month.

The boy, who lives on a 30mph road, has been giving drivers a wave if they are keeping to the speed limit and a stern glare to anybody going too fast.

His efforts came to the attention of two local police officers, who let him try on their uniform and test out the speed gun.

Harry’s mum, Claire, said: “Harry was counting down the days to their visit, he was so excited.

Seven-year-old Harry Cannell whose cat was killed by a car outside his home has been busy policing drivers by giving them a Seven-year-old Harry Cannell whose cat was killed by a car outside his home has been busy policing drivers by giving them a "stern glare". Picture: Family Handout/Claire Cannell

“They showed him how to do speed checks and how to use the speed gun. They even brought him a little uniform to wear. They put a little jacket on him and a hat and showed him everything in the car.

“For the rest of the day he was just beaming from ear to ear, he had to phone all the grandparents and tell them.”

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The family put up a large sign to warn drivers and Harry spent his time scowling at motorists in his hi-vis vest.

Trevor is the second pet belonging to the family to be killed on the road in the last four years.

Harry, who aspires to be a police officer when he is older, said: “I would like people to listen, and stop being idiots.”

His mother said: “The road here is pretty dreadful. Even though it is a little country lane, because people use it as a rat run through the village, people just absolutely tear down here.

“We’ve been here four years and had four separate accidents with our cats. It’s got to the point where we can’t have any more cats because it’s just too upsetting to lose them.”

It was after she posted on the local Facebook noticeboard, two officers got in touch and asked to come down and meet Harry.

Posting a photograph of Harry working with them, Breckland Police wrote on Twitter: “Harry has been encouraging road safety and speed awareness on his street.

“We think he’ll make a great police officer.”


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