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Detectives investigating the Croydon Cat Killer reveal the culprit is probably a fox

Detectives investigating the so-called Croydon Cat Killer believe they have found the culprit - and it comes from within the animal kingdom.

Scotland Yard said its three-year investigation, which saw dozens of slain animals examined, has concluded humans are unlikely to have been responsible for killings.

Instead, a fox or foxes are believed to be behind the mutilations in south London.

The Metropolitan Police said that many of the cats suffered blunt trauma injuries consistent with being hit by cars, before being ravaged by foxes.

Officers worked closely with the RSPCA and local charity South Norwood Animal Rescue League.

Police say no evidence of human involvement was found in any of the reported cases. There were no witnesses, no identifiable patterns and no forensic leads that pointed to human involvement. Witness statements were taken, but no suspect was identified.

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.

The decision was made to allocate a large number of similar reports of mutilated cats to the officers who were investigating the initial spate of such allegations. In particular, they were following up the six suspicious cases identified by the post-mortem examinations.

– Frontline Policing Commander Amanda Pearson