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Foxed! Scotland Yard calls off hunt for ‘Croydon Cat Killer’

Inside Croydon

After a three-year investigation, Scotland Yard this morning announced that they have closed Operation Takahe, after finding that there is no human suspect behind the spate of dead cats attributed to “the Croydon Cat Killer”.

The police have closed the Croydon Cat Killer case, after dozens of much-loved family pets have been killed

A feature in New Scientist magazine, published in July and which placed blame for many of the killings on urban foxes, has been cited by the police as influential in their findings.

But in their statement, a senior police officer also mentioned resourcing issues, and asked that the public in future use the RSPCA as its first point of contact in matters relating to animal welfare.

The Met’s lengthy explanation for an estimated 400 pet killings in and around the M25 since 2014 was dismissed by animal lovers as surprising and unconvincing, with the animal charity based…

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