A WORRIED owner is appealing for help to find his cat Winston who is well-known around Halesowen town centre.

Ginger and white moggie Winston has been a popular figure around the bus station and Cornbow Centre with the cheeky moggie lapping up fuss and treats from shoppers.

He has been a regular at Jimmy Macs cafe and has even been known to pop into hair salons. One of his popular spots is outside Heron Foods.

He once even made it onto Halesowen police's twitter feed when accompanying officers on patrol.

Halesowen News: Winston's brush with the law Winston's brush with the law (Image: Halesowen Police)

The last sightings of Winston were on June 30 near his home at flats on Bundle Hill and at the bus station.

His owner Matt Waterhouse is becoming increasingly worried and has launched an appeal to find his pet, who is thought to be around 14 years old.

The 52-year-old said: "He is a bit of a local celebrity cat in Halesowen and many of us are worried about him and miss him.

"He would visit Halesowen bus depot and the Cornbow Centre area regularly and some people assumed he was a stray.

"I suspect that someone may have taken him to their home on this basis, without getting him to a vet for a microchip scan."

Halesowen News: Winston relaxing on the sofa at home Winston relaxing on the sofa at home (Image: Handout)

Matt said Winston has been known not to return home for days, but never this long.

He said he has been picked up and handed in to the vets on three occasions by people who think he's a stray.

Matt adopted Winston in 2021 after his previous owner, Matt's elderly neighbour, went into a care home.

Matt, who works as a deputy registrar at Birmingham Register Office, said: "He likes roaming around and is very friendly. I'm very worried about him. He was good company for me when I was recovering from an eye operation at the end of 2021.

"He is chipped and registered at the vets. I am offering a £100 reward for information which leads to his return. 

"If anyone sees him could they please take a photo and contact me as well as try to contain him and take him into a vets for a scan."

Matt's telephone number is 07921 238603 and his e mail is mattw_spacelovetime@yahoo.com