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New attack linked to 'Croydon Cat Killer'

Betsy, Sam and Storm - three previous victims of the alleged killer Photo: SNARL

A cat which was found cut in half in Bracknell is being linked to a series of similar gruesome animal killings in London.

Local charity South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty, or SNARL, said the killing bore all the hallmarks of previous attacks. Only the rear of the tortoiseshell cat was found, with the charity saying the injuries would make it 'difficult to identify' They are attributing the killings to one individual, who has become known as the 'Croydon Cat Killer' since the attacks began there last year.

Daffy was found killed in Archway in April - a death the charity say was perpetrated by the individual Credit: SNARL/ Facebook

Around 30 killings have been linked to the alleged attacker to date, mostly in and around South London. Many were decapitated or had their tails removed.

Thames Valley Police have denied the recent killing is linked, saying it was likely to have been caused by a fox. But the charity disagree and say the wounds looked as though they were inflicted by a knife. They also claim two more cats with similar injuries have been found since - one in Forest Hill and one in Orpington, Kent.

The charity has launched a Twitter campaign to try and encourage owners to keep their cats indoors so as not to fall victim to the killings. Numerous appeals for information about the alleged killer have been made - with animal charity PETA offering a £5000 reward and band The Vamps offering free gig tickets to anyone who found the person responsible.

If you live in Greater London you are currently living in a high risk area for these killings.

We advise that anyone living in the greater London area keep their cats indoors as much as they can and let them out only during the day when they can be supervised. Please keep your cats in at night. We appreciate this isn't easy, particularly as the weather gets warmer but you will cut the risk to your cat dramatically if you keep them indoors during the hours of darkness.

– South Norwood Animal Rescue

The Metropolitan Police have also launched an investigation into the killings, named Operation Takehe. Anyone with information is advised to call 101.