Woodward blasted Home Office in cat row

Shaun Woodward with Spike's owners
Shaun Woodward with Spike's owners

ST Helens MP Shaun Woodward has blasted a Home Office minister after he refused to delve deeper into a crossbow attack on constituent’s cat.

Mr Woodward sent a stinging letter to Tory MP Nick Herbert last week, accusing him of failing to deal “with the substance and spirit of the points raised by this outrageous attack on a pet cat”.

He had written to the minister calling for action after Sandra Grogan’s eight-year-old tom was shot in the face with a crossbow bolt.

Mr Woodward said: “The minister couldn’t even be bothered to look at this case himself. The appalling attack on Spike raised very serious issues and, accordingly, it needs a considered response - not just a cursory and wholly inappropriate defence of the Government’s existing and wholly inadequate position.

“The minister totally failed to understand either the need to tackle the problem of the use of crossbows or indeed the sale of such offensive and dangerous weapons on the internet.

“The senseless and vicious attack on Spike shocked people across the north west.”

Amazingly, Spike survived the horrific June 7 attack and, after undergoing a series of emergency operations, is now recovering at his home in Bracewell Close, Sutton.

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

Mr Woodward added: “If the Government actually cares about animal cruelty or indeed the potential for such attacks to be used against human life, it’s time for ministers to think again.”