Crossbow suspect released without charge

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THE owner of a miracle cat which survived after being shot in the face with a crossbow has appealed for witnesses to come forward after police confirmed that a suspect would not be charged due to insufficient evidence.

Sandra Grogan, the owner of eight-year-old tom Spike, wants any witnesses to the horrific June 7 incident to contact police.

A force spokeswoman confirmed this week that the 39-year-old Sutton man arrested two days after Spike was found with a 12-inch crossbow bolt stuck in his face has been released without charge.

Unless new evidence comes to light, that situation is unlikely to change.

Mrs Grogan said: “I’m disappointed that there isn’t enough evidence to charge anyone - it feels like we’re back to square one. If the culprit was tracked down it would give us some peace of mind because, as it stands, the person who did this is still at large.

“But we would appeal for anyone who knows anything about what happened to Spike to come forward to help us stop this from happening again. These crossbows are very dangerous weapons - why would anyone around here need one?”

Mrs Grogan, 51, of Bracewell Close, Sutton, has since launched a campaign to call for tighter crossbow legislation and ensure that the weapons do not get into the wrong hands.

She has been supported in her cause by St Helens South and Whiston MP Shaun Woodward, who has already written to Home Secretary Theresa May.

Sadly though, Mrs Grogan reckons that Spike will never be the same again.

She added: “Spike had another operation on Monday (July 4) to remove a canine tooth to help him close his mouth.

“He faces a long road back to recovery but we don’t think he’s ever going to get back to his best. He doesn’t want to go out anymore and his personality seems to have totally changed.”

To sign Mrs Grogan’s online petition, which is calling for tighter legislation on the sale and use of crossbows, search for either “Spike” or “Crossbow” at: www.petitiononline.co.uk