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Decapitated cat dumped in garden of Welling family home is latest strike from M25 cat killer

PUBLISHED: 13:04 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:04 15 November 2017

The M25 cat killer has struck again.

The M25 cat killer has struck again.

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More than 300 animals have been targeted by the killer in the past two years

A deranged killer who slaughters cats and other animals has struck in Welling.

The M25 cat killer, who has slaughtered at least 375 animals in the past two years, left the body of a decapitated cat in a family garden on Friday.

Tony Jenkins, from animal charity Snarl, has warned the butcher has begun to target another popular household pet.

He said: “This is another gruesome case that has left the family, which had young children, devastated.

“It’s quite typical to find the killer has decapitated the cat, but in other cases we have discovered cats cut in half or with their paws or tails cut off.

“It isn’t just cats, he’s killed at least 40 foxes since we started investigating and we’ve noticed he’s started to target rabbits too by sneaking into gardens and taking them out of their hutches.”

The latest body was discovered in Brixham Road, Welling in the early hours of Friday morning.

Starting up his investigation after hearing rumours around Croydon in 2015, Mr Jenkins now works with police on each case.

He explained: “Normally police don’t deal with these incidents, but they have responded to attacks by setting up Operation Takahe and I help co-ordinate the scenes when there’s an incident.

“I’ve seen some officers who are cat lovers that are horrified by these attacks, they might see human murders, but mutilated animals are not the sort of thing they expect to see.

“We believe the killer normally kills the cat before mutilating them and then leaves them near where he found them.”

On its Facebook page, the charity has listed 15 attacks in 10 days from November 1 to 10, which took place in areas including Sussex, Croydon, Northolt and Luton, before ending with the Welling death last week.

Mr Jenkins added: “We put these appeals up in case anybody knows someone who was in all of these areas.

“It could be this is a delivery driver or a salesperson, we’re thinking maybe a manager will recognise the areas and it might jog their memory as to where their staff were, or it might help find a new witness.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and reference Operation Takahe.

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