An eight-week-old kitten had to be rescued by firefighters after it became trapped in the roof of a Woolwich Superdrug store.

Staff and customers were baffled when they heard meowing in the Powis Street shop where a black and white male moggy had become stuck inside the ceiling cavity on May 29.

RSPCA inspectors and firefighters rescued the kitten, named Wispa, by placing a humane cat trap in the loft and waiting for him to climb inside where he was lowered to safety.

Inspector Nick Wheelhouse said: “At first I don’t think anyone could figure out where the meowing was coming from.

“Because of where the kitten was it was very difficult for us to rescue him without the help of the London Fire Brigade.

“They kindly came out and it was a great example of different agencies working together to save the young kitten."

He added: “Unfortunately we have no idea how he got up there. It is a good job we got him down. He was still young and in need of some TLC.

“Thankfully he is now in the care of an RSPCA fosterer while we search for a home for him. He was very sweet.”

Anyone who is interested in giving Wispa a home can call RSPCA London South East branch on 07952 680522.

RSPCA rescues rely on donations. Text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).