commuter cat Casper killed in hit and run

An adventurous feline who won worldwide fame for catching free bus rides across his home city has been run over.

Casper the cat was on his way to take another journey on the public transport around Plymouth, Devon, when he was killed in a hit and run.

A notice has been placed at his favourite bus stop in Barne Barton announcing his death.

"Many local people knew Casper, who loved everyone - he also enjoyed the bus journeys," it read. "Sadly a motorist hit him... and did not stop.

"Casper died from his injuries. He will be greatly missed... he was a much-loved pet who had so much character. Thank you to all those who befriended him."

For more than four years, the mobile moggy had regularly queued up with fellow passengers in order to get around the city.

His owner, Sue Finden, only found out about his passion for travel when he followed her onto a bus one day.

The driver told her Casper frequently hopped up the steps to hitch a lift on the No 3, passing the historic dockyard and naval base on the way.

Drivers got used to letting him off at the correct stop near his home in Poole Park Road.

In a letter on the Plymouth Herald's website, Mrs Finden said she and her husband Chris had been "touched by the many wonderful reviews" around the world.

Other tributes have flooded into the paper's website, including postings from American fans.

'Rebecca, from the USA' wrote: "I'm from the States and my local paper reports murders every single day because we just can't stop shooting each other over here.

"It was refreshing to hear about such a charming tale of a little cat. Best wishes to all that loved Casper, and thanks for sharing.

"RIP little Casper! Say hello to my cat Mctavish in heaven!"