St Albans woman who discovered pet’s mutilated corpse hits back at Met police for ending Croydon Cat Killer investigation

PUBLISHED: 11:40 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:40 25 September 2018

Jack the cat was found decapitated last year

Jack the cat was found decapitated last year


A St Albans woman who believes she is a victim of the “M25 Animal Killer” has hit back at police for ending a three-year investigation into the cat decapitations.

Jack the catJack the cat

The Met police last week announced that after studying six cases they believe the pet mutilations are not the work of a sadistic human but are actually fox scavenging.

There have been more than 400 incidents reported to police since 2014.

This news was particularly shocking for Christina, who would prefer to only reveal her first name, after finding her elderly cat Jack butchered in the neighbour’s garden last year.

She said it was impossible for a fox to make the “clean cut” knife wounds Jack suffered, or for a predator to position him deliberately in a place he would never normally venture.

“I think it’s embarrassing. I think it is insulting that they have released a statement which is so full of lies - insulting to all the people that have found their animals.”

Christina believes the Met discontinued the investigation because they ran into a dead end with leads and funds.

Adding: “They are no closer to solving it than when they started. What I am saying is that I can understand it if they are not getting any closer, but I think they should have just said ‘we are winding down the investigation’, or something, rather than going on the news and lying.”

A petition urging the Met police to reopen this case has racked up more than 22,000 signatures in five days.

The centre which originally lobbied police to set up an investigation in 2015, South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL), has said it will continue working to catch the perpetrator even through Operation Takahe is closed: “We consider that the evidence we have gathered over the last three years does indicate human involvement and there is expert opinion to back this up.”

They have discounted more than 1,500 incidents as non-human related.

Christina, who still “really misses” Jack, said she believes “there is no reason [for the attacks] other than the sick satisfaction of it”.

The Met police did not wish to comment further on the case.

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I should probably have taken the hint! Walking out into the garden recently an unprecedented flock of thirty or more crows raucously greeted me from the treetops at the bottom of my garden. Cawing and croaking these big, black birds clung clumsily to the top most branches and twigs, jostling and flapping to stay balanced in a constant flurry of feathers. There is always something ominous about crows – they are after all carrion crows, the vultures of the bird world – always watching for scraps and weakness that might mean their next meal.

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