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'Croydon cat killer' mystery solved by police

'Croydon cat killer' mystery solved by police

The 'cat killer' was thought to have been behind the death of Missy, who went missing in Coulsdon in December 2015
The so-called Croydon cat killer does not exist, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.The force launched an investigation in 2015 into reports of mutilated cats, often with heads and tails removed, in Croydon and the surrounding area.Twenty-five post-mortem examinations were carried out but found "no evidence" of human involvement, Scotland Yard said.The investigation concluded humans were unlikely to have been responsible.Instead, a fox or foxes are thought to be behind the mutilations.
During the probe, detectives received more than 400 similar reports of cats being mutilated across London and surrounding counties.However, all of the cases of cat mutilation will be recorded as "no crime".
Six suspicious cases
Commander Amanda Pearson said each individual report had to be investigated, which led to an "increased workload" for officers working on the case."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," she said."In particular, they were following up six suspicious cases identified by the post-mortem examinations."It is this collating of reports that enabled officers to work with experts and reach the conclusion that no further police investigations are required into any of the allegations relating to mutilated cats."
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