Cats Protection has renewed calls in the region for compulsory microchipping.

It comes after a cat reported to volunteers of the charity was reunited with its owner in Somerset after two years.

Ahead of National Microchipping Month in June, Cats Protection has renewed calls for a change in the law to ensure that all owned cats, like dogs, are microchipped. Microchipping is a safe, permanent and cost-effective method of identification which ensures cats can be reunited with their owner should they go missing. It means lost cats are not mistaken as strays and taken in by rehoming charities.

It also ensured owners can be notified if their cat has involved in a road accident.