A new meaning for cat burglars

Published: Thursday, 06 December 2018

A NEW meaning was given to the the phrase 'cat burglars' on the Oxford Canal.

Burglars broke into a narrowboat moored in Oxford by using the cat flap—managing to get an arm through it to reach the lock and undo the door, Alan Tilbury reports.

Stole from the boat

They then stole items from the boat, ransacking it as they went searching for things to steal.

A number of boats moored along the towpath in the city have been broken into, but usually by ripping off the clasp holding the padlock, using some kind of bar as leverage, this being the first report of a cat flap being used.