Identity of the famous Hackbridge station cat revealed
The identity of the famous Hackbridge station cat has been revealed after a social media frenzy.
Talk was widespread on social media site Twitter about who owned the tabby trainspotter after the Sutton Guardian published a story about her last week.
The cat has been entertaining commuters by appearing in the morning to patrol the platforms before sitting on chairs next to passengers in the waiting room.
She has been identified as two-year-old female Tinkerbelle, who belongs to five-year-old Luka MacDonald who lives near the station with her mum Joy and her partner Stuart.
Luka's mum, Joy MacDonald, 35, an occupational therapist, said: "A friend of mine saw the article and gave it to me.
"[Tinkerbelle] is a right old cat about town - she’s very social.
"In our last home, she would visit all the neighbours up and down the road, and, since we moved to Hackbridge a year ago, she has chosen to make the train station one of her homes - I am sure she has a number of places that she calls home.
"This initially worried me due to the risks of the road and the trains but I now accept that Tinkerbelle's fundamental nature is a social one, and that she is not a cat to be pinned down to one home or one place."
"She comes home smelling of other people’s perfume.
"She’s got a bowl of milk behind the counter and she goes in to the business next door and sits in meetings.
"She does love spending time at the train station and I hope that the commuters continue to pay her the attention she deserves especially during the day when I am at work."
Fearless Tinkerbelle also shares her home with a German Shepherd, Lily, whom she is known to snuggle up next to.