A PETITION to introduce a new law that means all cats killed or injured by a vehicle are checked for a chip has received a boost.

The campaigners have been "working tirelessly" with Bury North MP, James Daly, in preparation for future work on 'Gizmo's Legacy'.

Brexit, followed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, had put a halt to a lot of the work being done, although they hope to resume soon.

More than 100,000 people signed the online petition launched by cat lover Heléna Abrahams, whose cat Gizmo was cremated without her knowledge after being hit by a car in 2016.

The debate was heard in parliament last year, backed by former Bury MP, James Frith and Scottish MP, Martin Day.

Miss Abrahams, who lives in Fairfield, Bury, said: "We are just so glad to have such a passionate MP on board who is so determined to make Gizmos Law happen. Obviously we have to be patient with what’s happening now, but we’ve also had to wait because of Brexit so it will all be worth it in the end.

"The fact we have such a massive team of volunteers around the country now helping collect the fur babies to stop the council getting to them shows what Gizmos Legacy means to people.

"We are excited for what can only be achieved working with councils once the law happens."

Posting on his Facebook page, Mr Daly said: "We continue to work hard as a team to ensure all cats injured or killed by a vehicle are checked for a chip.

"Cats are family for many of us and I am firmly behind the campaign for Gizmo's Law to be implemented."

Mrs Abrahams added: "Personally for me, I have turned something horrific into something positive with the help of an amazing team.

"It has been four hard years of ups and downs to get to where we are now. I was never going to stop and now hopefully with the help of James Daly MP, there is light at the end of the tunnel for everyone’s fur babies and not before time.

"Gizmos Law is hopefully now a stones throw away."