MP wants stricter laws on sales of crossbows

Shaun Woodward MP with Mike and Sandra Grogan, Spike the c at's owners
Shaun Woodward MP with Mike and Sandra Grogan, Spike the c at's owners

SHAUN Woodward MP has called on the Government to investigate crossbow sales after the “sick” attack on Spike the cat.

The MP for St Helens South and Whiston met with Spike’s owners, Mike and Sandra Grogan, last week before calling on Home Secretary Theresa May to urgently examine the lack of legislation and licensing for the sale of crossbows in the UK.

Spike is the eight-year-old “miracle” cat who survived after having a 12-inch crossbow bolt blasted into his face.

Mr Woodward said: “I was sickened to hear of the attack on Spike. Following my meeting with Mrs Grogan today I have written to the Home Secretary asking for an urgent investigation of the present controls and also asking for the Home Secretary to look at the advertising of these weapons on the internet.

“This was a sick crime. It also could have been an attack on a child.

“We should do all we can to try and stop the use of crossbows falling into the hands of people who would commit such a wicked act.”

Sandra Grogan, 51, of Sutton, said: “I am delighted that my MP is urging an investigation. It is important for the Government to recognise the dangers of these weapons.

“This time it was my cat. Next time it could be far worse and it might be a child. The Government should do something to control the availability and regulation of deadly weapons like this before it is too late.”

l A 39-year-old has been arrested in connection with the attack and released on police bail.