Croydon cat killer identity revealed

Police in London U.K. say they have solved the mystery of the Croydon cat killer

Police in London U.K. say they have solved the mystery of the Croydon cat killer

For about three years, London police said there was a "serial cat killer" loose in the city's Croydon district.

As the body count grew, along with the legend, he or she became variously known as Jack the Rip-purr, the moggy murderer and, most notoriously, the Croydon cat killer.

A veterinary pathologist determined the cause of death was typically blunt force trauma, such as collisions with cars, and that the mutilations had occurred after death.

Contacted by TIME, one of SNARL's founders, Tony Jenkins, said that the group was not immediately disputing police findings but did believe that "some of the killings are clearly not the work of foxes".

Chief Inspector Stuart Orton, who led the investigation in Hertfordshire, said: "By working closely with forensic experts, partners and colleagues, we have been able to eliminate the hypothesis that a person or persons were travelling the county and mutilating animals on a serial basis".

"In three instances where CCTV was obtained, footage showed foxes carrying bodies or body-parts of cats".

"We consider the evidence we have gathered over the last three years does indicate human involvement and there is expert opinion to back this up", said a spokesperson for South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty, a charity credited with bringing worldwide attention to the deaths.

Police are now urging the public to contact the RSPCA in the first instance where they have concerns about animal welfare, especially in cases where there is no direct evidence of human involvement.

Officers looked into hundreds of reports of mutilated pet cats, which were killed mainly around south London.

Croydon cat killer identity revealed

Six cases were still deemed suspicious, due to the discovery of mutilations consistent with the use of a sharp implement.

Reports of mutilated cats, often found with their heads and tails removed, sparked an investigation in November 2015.

But in the United Kingdom, pet owners should now be able to breathe a bit easier, according to Chief Inspector Stuart Orton with the Hertfordshire Constabulary.

While investigating officers in Croydon collated more than 400 additional reports made to the Met by the public or animal charities.

In July 2017, a witness found the body of a cat with no head or tail next to her property.

A spokesman said: 'The RSPCA has supported the Metropolitan Police in its investigation into a number of cat deaths over the past three years and we're pleased that the inquiries have come to a conclusion'. He found puncture wounds not found previously on some of the animals and concluded that some had been potentially scavenged.

Frontline policing commander Amanda Pearson said: "On average, the Met receives more than 1,000 calls each month relating to animals and animal welfare".

With no witnesses, forensic leads or CCTV sightings to prove a human hand, they have blamed wildlife for the multiple cat deaths.

'While this increased the workload of those officers, it significantly reduced the resources that would have been required for different officers in different units to record and assess each allegation separately.

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