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Kitten ‘Feisty’ rescued from a central reservation on the motorway near Doncaster

A ‘feisty little’ kitten is to safety after being rescued by a traffic cop from the central reservation of a highway.

On Saturday, National Highways’ Gavin Buffam spotted the little black cat between junctions six and seven on the northbound M18 near Doncaster and managed to “pick it up”.

Mr Buffam said concerned members of the public had called during the day and he was looking for the kitten.

Traffic on the road was eventually stopped to allow Mr Buffam to pick up the vagrant.

“The third time I came out I found it against the concrete central reserve,” Mr Buffam said.

“I went to grab him but he got very scared and ran away so for my safety, the safety of road users and of course the kitten, another crew set up a rolling barrage to stop the traffic so I can try to get it.

“I managed to get it back eventually.”

The kitten was rescued from the M18 Central Reserve in Yorkshire (National Highways Yorkshire/PA)

Mr Buffam added that the kitten was “a feisty little thing”.

“Once in the car he tried to bite my fingers a few times, but I sorted him out and took him back to the depot,” he said.

“It was really hard work, but I’m glad he had a happy outcome, even though the kitten misses one of his nine lives.”

The daughter of a colleague at the depot took the kitten home, cleaned it up and fed it.

KittenThe kitten is safe and will now be taken to the PDSA to see if he is microchipped (Andy Binns)

They will take the kitten to the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) to check if he is microchipped and will attempt to reunite him with his owner.

If the kitten doesn’t have a microchip or an owner can’t be identified, “it’s safe to say there’s a new addition to the family,” a National Highways spokesperson said.