Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

THE mu­ti­lated body of a black and white cat found in Hayes is be­lieved to be an­other vic­tim of the so-called UK Cat Killer.

The fe­male fe­line was found with in­juries con­sis­tent with other sus­pected vic­tims of the se­rial killer, be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for the deaths of around 300 cats over the last two years.

The bru­tal killings in­clude the cats’ heads and tails be­ing chopped off in a con­sis­tent way, with the ma­jor­ity of killings fo­cused within Greater Lon­don, in­clud­ing a five­month-old kit­ten, Storm from Staines.

The most re­cent vic­tim was found in Blyth Road, near the con­struc­tion project for the The Old Vinyl Fac­tory re­de­vel­op­ment, on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 8.

The cat was not chipped and there­fore re­mains uniden­ti­fied and the own­ers have not been no­ti­fied.

Con­cerned res­i­dents and a lo­cal vol­un­teer guarded the cat’s body while South Nor­wood An­i­mal Res­cue and Lib­erty (SNARL) helped deal with the sit­u­a­tion.

The char­ity first be­came aware of the se­rial cat killer’s op­er­a­tions in Croy­don around two years ago and has been work­ing on the cases since then.

Their cam­paign­ing re­sulted in Metropoli­tan Po­lice launch­ing Op­er­a­tion Takahe specif­i­cally aimed at deal­ing with the UK Cat Killer.

Tony Jenk­ins of SNARL told the Gazette they be­lieve the killer is also re­spon­si­ble for deaths of more than 80 foxes.

“Re­ports of very sim­i­lar cat killings have come from Birm­ing­ham, Liver­pool, The Wir­ral, Northamp­ton, Mil­ton Keynes and many oth­ers but he mainly tar­gets Lon­don and Sur­rey,” he said.

“We have also had re­ports of the sim­i­lar mu­ti­la­tions of half a dozen rab­bits.”

SNARL is ask­ing for any­one whose cat is miss­ing or any­one who comes across a mu­ti­lated cat’s body to call them on 07961 030 064.

Kit­ten Storm from Staines was one of the cat killer’s vic­tims last year

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