Doorbell camera catches delivery driver throwing stones at pet cat

Watch: Delivery driver fired after doorbell footage showed him attacking pet cat

A delivery driver has been fired after a doorbell camera caught him throwing stones at a pet cat.

The animal's owner Lisa Ferraby, 37, was alerted by her husband that the camera had captured a visitor while they were both at work.

To her horror, she logged into the doorbell app on her phone and saw an Evri (previously Hermes) courier attacking her pet Tumble as it sat on a wall near their porch in Milton Keynes.

The clip showed the courier attempting to swat the cat with a large letter he had been delivering while shouting at it.

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Tumble the cat was not injured. (swns)
Tumble the cat was not injured. (SWNS)
Tumble with owner Lisa Ferraby. (swns)
Tumble with owner Lisa Ferraby. (SWNS)

Seconds later, he took another swipe at the cat before picking up a stone from the front garden and throwing it at the pet as it fled the scene.

Mum-of-two Mrs Ferraby said: "My husband called me, and I know that if I get a call outside of my lunch break then I know there is something wrong.

"He told me to go and have a look at the doorbell, I asked why and he told me that Tumble had been hit by the Evri driver.

"I watched it, and didn't know whether to vomit or cry.

"I was absolutely fuming, I just wanted to leave work, but I couldn't leave.

"It is distressing to see that kind of thing to your own pet, and it is completely unprovoked."

Tumble showed no signs of injuries but was “shaken and cowering in a corner” when Mrs Ferraby and husband Andrew got home from work.

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The Evri delivery driver was sacked. (swns)
The Evri delivery driver was sacked. (SWNS)

After speaking to bosses at the delivery company, Mrs Ferraby praised them for acting so quickly, and sacking the driver the next day.

She added: "It was on my LinkedIn, and my husband shared it, and someone who he knows who works in logistics tagged the head of Evri in it, so he contacted me and I had to email him the video as well.

"I also tagged Evri in it on my Instagram, so someone from Evri on Instagram contacted me as well.

"The lady who is in charge of our local depot said she would call me the next day and to be honest, I didn't think I would hear from them as they don't have the best reputation.

"But I had a phone call the next day from a lady from head office, saying that they had sacked him.”

A spokesperson from Evri said: "We have apologised to Mrs Ferraby and provided a gesture of goodwill.

"This was highly unacceptable behaviour and we can confirm the courier will no longer deliver on behalf of Evri.”