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Joy as Naz returns home

PUBLISHED: 20:15 16 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:11 03 March 2010

TOP boxer Naseem Hamed was upset when he lost his featherweight title last year.

But for the Prince's namesake, 11-month year old tomcat Naz, things have been rather more serious.

TOP boxer Naseem Hamed was upset when he lost his featherweight title last year.

But for the Prince's namesake, 11-month year old tomcat Naz, things have been rather more serious.

He lost his way home, and owners Lorraine Brett and David Flint-Johnson were sick with worry.

At less than two years old, Naz is still classed as a kitten, and was ill-equipped to fend for himself on the mean streets of Ipswich.

Said David: "We were obviously very upset when he went missing, and Lorraine my partner was very distressed."

Desperate to get Naz back, the couple called the Evening Star, and we printed an appeal for people to call them if they found the missing moggy.

Lorraine and David were facing up to the prospect of never seeing Naz again, but Star readers came to the rescue.

Several of you rang to report sightings, and eventually Naz was found – almost a mile away from home in the garden of a family in Maryon Road.

"I'm overjoyed," said David. "He had been in their garden all week apparently."

Naz, who according to David "does look a bit like Prince Naseem", is perhaps a little young to be scrapping in the streets with the alley cats.

But he will live to fight another day, thanks to the alertness of Star readers.

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