Police appeal for help in finding homes for newly adopted mice
KIND-HEARTED officers at a Derby police station are looking after three mice found at the home of a man who had died.
The pet rodents were discovered in a cage by detectives when they were called to the house of the man, who lived alone and had no family.
The man's cats were taken in by an animal charity but, despite rigorous efforts, police at Littleover station have so far found no one to take in the mice.
Police community support officer Rob Palfreyman said: "We were called to the sudden death of the man.
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"Inside the house were the poor man's pet cats and this cage of mice.
"Cats Protection were happy to take the cats but we couldn't just leave the mice there to die, so we took them to the police station.
"We have gone through the correct channels to try to find a charity that might consider taking the pet mice but no one will.
"So, we brought them back here to Littleover, cleaned out the cage, brought the food from the house and they seem perfectly happy with us here."
The furry trio have been named Julian, Chris and Nick, in honour of three of the officers at the station.
The mice have been at Littleover for just a few days but already seem to have made themselves at home.
Sergeant Chris Linscombe, who one of them is named after, said: "We have a duty of care for the little animals and we are hoping they will only be here for a short time and that someone will come forward and offer to take them from us.
"We are using the paper that we have shredded as a nest for them in the cage and they are being well fed, watered and looked after.
"The staff have named them after three of the officers here but it is difficult to tell which one is which so whoever takes them from us, maybe a school or someone looking for pet mice, will be able to find their own names for the little things."
The animals are currently being stored in the warmth of the parade room at the Melton Road station, but PCSO Palfreyman hopes someone will come forward to take them soon.
He said: "It would be lovely to hear from a school that might consider taking the mice in as pets before we all get too attached to them here in Littleover."
Anyone interested in taking the mice should call PCSO Palfreyman or Sgt Linscombe on 101.