A cat “banned” from entering his favourite supermarket is up to his old tricks and has been seen lounging on the self-service checkouts.

Ginger tom Pumpkin became an “unexpected item in the bagging area” of a Tesco branch near Norwich when he was spotted on the scanner on Sunday.

Almost 2,000 people follow the adventures of the mischievous moggy, who usually abides by the ban and stays outside the front door.

Tesco said it would encourage him out.

The six-year-old cat had been a regular in the Thorpe Marriott branch for well over a year before the shop took action last November, saying “although we love the little ginger cat who visits… a food store isn’t the best place for a cat to be, so our colleagues gently encourage him to go out when he tries to come in”.

A spokesman said it was not really possible for a store to ban a cat and admitted Pumpkin would probably continue his visits.

Cat outside Tesco
Pumpkin has been discouraged paying visits to the Tesco Express store in Norfolk

Although he is not really welcome inside, Pumpkin is seen most days loitering outside the sliding doors of the shop, which is close to where he lives.

Many of his Facebook fans make the trip specifically in the hope of bumping into him.

However, on Sunday night Pumpkin the puss was back in his favourite place, relaxing on the self-serve scanner.

A shopper who spotted him posted a photograph which now has dozens of comments, including many people celebrating the disobedient cat as a “rebel”.

She tells him to “come home for your tea” and he will trot after her.

However, his favorite place to hang out is still the shop and she does not think he will change his behaviour.

Reacting to the latest photograph of him, she said: “Pumpkin is taking no notice of his ban.”

Pumpkin the cat
The six-year-old had been visiting the supermarket for about a year before his first ban

Pumpkin the cat
The cat has numerous Facebook followers

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