Police Solve Croydon Cat Killer Mystery... But Some People Are Sceptical

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Police Solve Croydon Cat Killer Mystery... But Some People Are Sceptical
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The Metropolitan Police announced today that it solved the long running mystery of the 'Croydon Cat Killer'. After nearly three years of investigating it has come to the conclusion that most of the cats have been mutilated by wildlife, probably foxes.

The Met doesn't believe that the foxes are killing the cats themselves, but instead that most of the victims are killed by cars, after which the foxes take the roadkill and mutilate the bodies. This include removing the head, tail and limbs of the animals ā€” something which it has long been thought was being done by a human/humans.

Often body parts were returned to the owners, furthering the belief that this must have been the work of a person. However, CCTV from three suspected cat killer cases all showed a fox dropping the body part.

The hypothesis that foxes are behind the killings was actually raised a few months ago by New Scientist.

But not everyone is convinced by the Met's findings. This excellent Vice documentary tracking the cases and the groups investigating, makes a strong case for the killings being committed by a human. At one point in the documentary, a vet does an autopsy and seems to rule out the cat having died from being hit by a vehicle.

Below are some of the tweets from those sceptical of the Met's findings (there are many more on Twitter for those who want to keep looking). The Met may have come to a conclusion, but the jury, it seems, is still out.

The charity who have been investigating the killings ā€” South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL) ā€” posted on its Facebook page, saying that the Met's announcement came as a "surprise". It also says that the evidence it has gathered "does indicate human involvement."

There are also those having a little bit of fun with the cat killer truthers:

The Metropolitan Police's Frontline Policing Commander Amanda Pearson said:

On average, the Met receives over 1,000 calls each month relating to animals and animal welfare.

We understand the reason for this - people trust the police to help them when they suspect others have done wrong, fear for their own safety or simply are facing situations that they are unable to handle themselves.

We will always assist the public in an emergency, but I would urge people to report concerns relating to animal welfare in the first instance to the RSPCA.

Last Updated 20 September 2018