Police reveal Croydon cat killer after three year investigation
Police investigating the deaths of cats around Croydon in south London have revealed the cause.
Following the three year investigation, the Metropolitan Police has said it believes road collisions are the cause of the deaths. The force said "blunt force trauma" was thought to be the cause - the result of car collisions on some of the capital's busiest roads.
It follows speculation that a killer was on the loose, targeting cats and dismembering their bodies - but the Met said this is not the case. The force said foxes had a role to play after they were spotted carrying bodies of cats on CCTV - but concluded that ultimately the mammals were not responsible for the deaths.
It's thought that almost 400 cats could have been killed in what has been called 'slaughter in suburbia'.
Reports of the deaths originally surfaced in late 2015 after cats were found with their heads and tails removed - the spate of killings continued with dismembered animals found around south London.
Police originally offered a £10,000 reward under Operation Takahe for information leading to the killer. It also conducted forensic tests on the bodies of animals found dead. Scotland Yard confirmed that it had found no trace of human interference.
On Thursday afternoon, the Met to Twitter to reassure the public after a series of inaccurate media reports blamed foxes for the killings - not collisions with vehicles.