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Memorial shrine for Belsize Park cat loved by all his neighbours

Jack Jack was run over on Sunday

24 September, 2020 — By Tom Foot

Jack Jack the cat

A MEMORIAL has appeared outside the home of a popular cat after he was run over by a car on Sunday.

Flowers, candles and poems have been left outside Jack Jack’s cat-flap in Belsize Park.

The 12-year-old was known to follow passing children to school in the mornings and workers home at night. One of his favourite spots was curled up in the window of Barbara’s Hair Salon in Lambolle Place.

Owner Rob Haine said: “There’s been nearly 50 posts of condolences and we’ve had people ring the bell to talk about him. He clearly made a connection with a lot of people; I wonder if this has been exaggerated by the lockdown and distress caused by the pandemic. The memorial gets bigger every day.”

Tributes told of Jack Jack’s “strut” and “swagger” and how he was “a real character” who was “loved throughout the community”.

“During furlough and subsequent redundancy he often made my day on my daily walk,” said one.

Mr Haine said: “We put a tag on him a few years ago and would get maybe two to three calls a week from concerned neighbours, thinking he was lost. We were always amazed about how caring people are and the current outpouring of grief is symptomatic of both his popularity and people’s innate goodness.”

He added: “I guess his sense of adventure is what eventually killed him but he was always very scared of cars and steered well clear of them.”

Jack Jack was knocked down around 11pm on Sunday night.

Mr Haine said: “I wrapped him in my sweatshirt and the lovely neighbour drove us to the 24-hour vet nearby. She gently told us he was too badly injured and quickly put him down. I’m sure he didn’t suffer.”

Jack Jack was named by Mr Haine’s daughters after the baby in The Incredibles movies.

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