Cat killer ‘may go on to at­tack hu­mans’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE UK Cat Killer could ex­pand his de­praved spree to tar­get hu­mans, the de­tec­tive in charge of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has warned.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Andy Collin of the Metropoli­tan Po­lice said al­though there is cur­rently no di­rect ev­i­dence of a risk to hu­mans, he fears the killings could es­ca­late if the killer ceases get­ting grat­i­fi­ca­tion from mu­ti­lat­ing an­i­mals.

“There is a known link be­tween se­rial killers and harm­ing an­i­mals when you look into their dark his­tory,” DS Collin told Sky News.

The killer is be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for more than 360 at­tacks on a va­ri­ety of an­i­mals since Oc­to­ber 2015, mu­ti­lat­ing and dis­play­ing his vic­tims near their own­ers’ homes.

DS Collin said: “If you look at of­fend­ing pat­terns the as­sump­tion is this killer is get­ting some form of grat­i­fi­ca­tion. The con­cern is they will cease get­ting that grat­i­fi­ca­tion and es­ca­late the at­tacks to hu­mans, specif­i­cally vul­ner­a­ble women and girls.” DS Colling leads Op­er­a­tion Takahe, the Met’s long-run­ning in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the killings, which works closely with an­i­mal res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tion South Nor­wood An­i­mal res­cue and Lib­erty (SNARL).

The killer be­gan his spree in Croy­don, where SNARL played a key role in bring­ing the at­tacks to na­tional at­ten­tion, be­fore ex­pand­ing to other parts of the coun­try.

He is be­lieved to have car­ried out some at­tacks in west London re­cently, in­clud­ing in Northolt and Hayes last month.

In Au­gust SNARL is­sued the first de­scrip­tion of the sus­pect. He is de­scribed as a white man in his 40s, be­tween 5 ft 8 and 5 ft 11 and of av­er­age build with short brown hair and some acne scar­ring to his face.

A £10,000 re­ward has been of­fered for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to his ar­rest and con­vic­tion.

Five-month-old kit­ten Storm from Staines was found with his head and tail chopped off

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