A cat has been rescued by firefighters after he was stuck in a chimney in Erith for two days.

Crews were called to rescue Oreo the cat on Northend Road in Erith at 7.41am on Friday, March 29.

Firefighters were called after his owners were worried when he wouldn’t come down from the chimney after racing up there when the hoover was turned on.

Sub Officer Ryan Senior-Ellison said Bexley and Greenwich Red Watch crews worked “extremely hard” to release Oreo, using specialist pieces of equipment to rescue the trapped cat including a fire rescue unit and 32m turntable ladder.

News Shopper: "In the end thanks to the crews' hard work and fantastic efforts Oreo was reunited with his owner”, he added.

The incident was over for firefighters by 10.43am.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Firefighters love animals too and we are ready, willing, and able to assist distressed or injured animals.

“The last thing we want is for people to put themselves at risk rescuing an animal themselves – but we do encourage people to call the RSPCA in the first instance and we will assist if our specialist equipment is required, as in this case.”