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Serving and former MPS officers think force's story does not stack up.

Ukiyo's remains were found on a neighbour's doorstep in West Norwood in September 2015 (family handout)

Ukiyo's remains were found on a neighbour's doorstep in West Norwood in September 2015 (family handout)

Date - 21st September 2018
By - Sophie Garrod - Police Oracle


A private investigations company headed by a former Scotland Yard detective chief inspector has waded in to try and find the infamous Croydon Cat killer after the force claimed it had been solved.

Since 2015 around 300 cats have been found dismembered, many of them with their heads and tail cleanly cut off, in Croydon and the M25 area.

Yesterday Scotland Yard announced it had solved the mystery, stating there was no evidence that any of the cats had been killed by a human after carrying out post-mortems on 25 cats as well as scouring through CCTV footage and gathering witness reports.

It concluded hundreds of cats were all struck by vehicles and then eaten by foxes.

Tony Jenkins, co-founder of local charity, South Norwood Animal Rescue League (SNARL), which worked alongside the force from the outset, told Police Oracle of his disappointment and scepticism of the outcome.

Mr Jenkins, who also said victims were left “horrified” by the Met’s statement, claimed it was “ludicrous”.

He said: “Why would a fox go for the tail first? If it is normal fox behaviour to routinely take the heads and tails off cats and why has there been no reported cases in Scotland or Ireland or Kent for example. How comes there are no reported cases in these areas?

“I have been in contact with locals in Wales and in other regions in the UK and told them if they come across any cases then let us know, and we have heard nothing. Is there something different in the water in Scotland making the foxes behave differently?”

He reckons the case was dropped most likely because of police having to prioritise its resources but stressed he is not criticising the work of Croydon officers – praising the lead investigator.

He added: “I know funding is a big issue given the cuts by central government and unfortunately that leaves less funding for policing in Croydon.”

The moggy murderer is still on the loose, he alleged, and is continuing to attempt to horrify children in particular with cats heads found near trampolines, play areas and schools.

Last week a head was placed by a goal-post in park in way to make it look as though it was set up for a penalty before being discovered by a six-year-old girl.

Met investigators have since spoken with Mr Jenkins, he said, and have expressed their disbelief and have been left “disgusted” about the decision to close the investigation, whilst retired officers have stepped forward to offer help.

Now Super Recognisers International, a private CCTV investigation company founded by Mike Neville, an ex-detective chief inspector at Scotland Yard who also launched the force’s Super Recogniser Unit, has approached Mr Jenkins to continue with the investigation as the MPS will no longer respond to calls of cat's bodies being found.

Kenny Long, chief operating officer and former public order MPS officer, told our reporter: “We are continuing to help because we believe it is still open to be quite honest.

“Unfortunately resources, we understand, is why it has come to this conclusion.”

Mr Jenkins added: “We will continue and we are determined there is at least one person doing this. He is probably p*ssing himself laughing wondering what he is going to do next, carrying on like he has been. He must think he is untouchable.

“How do you know he hasn’t already killed a person?”

The force was unable to provide details of the investigation, hours spent and costs, but it was previously reported that between 2015 and 2016 1,020 hours were spent trying to snare the killer.

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I remember watching a documentary about the MET where the cat corpses will subject to a post-mortem by a veterinary pathologist. It even featured a NCA profiler.

What I have missed in all this was who made the call on whether it was down to foxes? The MET or the vet pathologist?

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On 22/09/2018 at 18:58, SimonT said:

I will gladly help! Just send a blank cheque to my address and I will get right on it. 

If you need a hand I don't mind coming down and lending my services, expenses paid for of course 😂.

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