Sunday, September 23, 2012

Denis the 'cat burglar' from Luton (BBC video)

Sept. 20 - A Bedfordshire cat has been stealing clothes and other items from neighbours.
Denis, a two-year-old black and white cat, has stolen underwear, shoes, shirts, paintbrushes and even a doll.
He brings them all back to his embarrassed owner Lesley Newman at her home in Luton.

Click on the picture above to watch the video. Then answer the following comprehension questions.

  1. Why is Denis a real menace?
  2. What sort of things does he steal?
  3. How many hits has his video got on YouTube?
  4. What, according to his owner, is the reason why he steals things?
  5. Where does the money from the sale of the T-shirts go?
  6. What plans does his owner have now?
REPORTER: This is Denis, who is a real menace. I couldn't work out if he was shy or maybe the feline felon was just trying to stay one step ahead of the law because Denis has been stealing stuff from his neighbours and this is the CCTV footage which proves it.
MRS NEWMAN: Tea towel, bath sponge, car sponge, towel, another tea towel, a Fred Perry T-shirt...
REPORTER: You name it, Denis, a two-year-old rescue cat will nick it. Socks, pants, footballs, anything he can get his paws on. The CCTV footage of the cat kleptomaniac returning home with the stolen goods is fast becoming an internet sensation with 385.000 hits on YouTube. Why did he do it?
MRS NEWMAN: Some people say it's because he's never been taught how to hunt. Well, I think it's because he likes me.
REPORTER: He wants to bring you things.
MRS NEWMAN: That's how I take it.
REPORTER: Denis has his facebook page, would you believe? And there's even a 'Denis stole my pants' T-shirt, which you can buy to help raise money for Bedfordshire Homeless Cat Rescue Centre.
He has become a bit of a celebrity now. How is he coping with his celebrity?
MRS NEWMAN: We try to keep a lot of it from him. Don't want to be too much of these... It could have gone to his head a little bit... I'm not sure. I think he's his own cat, he likes his own thing.
REPORTER: Owner Lesley is now in talks with a local author about a children's story book based on Denis' life. Surely a Hollywood film can't be far away.

A cat burglar is a thief who climbs up the outside of a building in order to enter it and steal something
A feline is a cat or other member of the cat family.
A felon is someone who has committed a serious crime such as murder or robbery.
When you are one step ahead of the law, you manage to avoid being caught by the police. e.g. So far the killer has managed to stay one step ahead of the police/law.
When someone nicks something, he steals it (British slang). e.g. I nicked a couple of cars when I was younger.


  1. Thank you for featuring me on your page, please visit me on facebook 'Denis Cat Burglar Newman' or on YouTube under Cat Stole My Pants
    Paws to you

    1. I would like to help raise money for the homeless cat rescue charity you sponsor so I've already shared a video on facebook and subscribed to your YouTube channel.
      All the best

    2. Hi

      A while ago you featured my cat ‘Denis Cat Burglar’ and his adventures.

      Since then last year I brought out a book ‘The Adventures of Denis Cat Burglar – One Sock At a Time’

      Early this year at the age of 7 sadly Denis died from Acute Kidney Disease.

      I have just managed to pull myself together enough to write a Christmas Book called ‘The Adventures of Denis Cat Burglar – A Christmas Tail of Giving’.

      I do want to talk about his actual real life adventures but I do want some kind of lesson for children at the same time.

      I am not sure if you are interested in knowing about his books, I am going to give half the profits from his books and Xmas Cards to charity so Denis can still keep on giving and I can also build up money for the next books.

      You never know Disney may come knocking with a cartoon then the sky’s the limit on what we can donate to charity.

      Thank you for your time