British politician George Osborne's cat Freya was chauffeur-driven back to her Downing Street home after being found more than a kilometre away, meowing for help near one of London's busiest junctions.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer's pet was escorted home by a Whitehall aide after being found on the streets of Vauxhall, south London, by a group of young women, who were walking home after going out to dinner. A member of Osborne's staff went by car to pick up the cat the next day.
Freya's rescuers, one of whom works for a homeless charity, returned his pet with a note pointing out that while the Chancellor's much-loved cat has been rehoused many people sleeping rough are not so fortunate. It read: "Found - on the streets in Vauxhall. Not everyone is as lucky as Freya. George please stop cutting homeless services."
The three women who found Freya were passing a building site next the Vauxhall roundabout in south London at 11pm when they heard a desperate meowing and looked up to see the tabby cat perched on barriers surrounding the site. The cat followed the group before jumping down to the pavement and allowing herself to be caught.
The three women immediately rang the phone number on the cat's collar and were astounded when the woman who answered informed them they had found Osborne's prized pet.
Kate Jones, who works with Thames Reach's London Street Rescue, said: "They seemed very relieved to have her back. I offered to keep her if they didn't want her back but they were not having any of it."
She added: "I did find it slightly ironic that I had been up at 5am trying to help 24 people who had been sleeping rough in Newham and we couldn't find anywhere to send them, then this cat gets chauffeur driven home."
It is not the first time Osborne's cat has gone on the run. Freya went missing in 2009. In 2012, Osborne's wife Frances received a phone call at their Downing Street home telling her Freya had been found living as a stray, and had been traced thanks to a microchip containing their number.Telegraph Group Ltd