The notorious Croydon cat killer may have struck in Crystal Palace, as police investigate reports of two more felines and a fox found beheaded.

A street cleaner reportedly made the grim discovery between 5.30am and 6am on Monday, January 18.

The Met Police confirmed that a PCSO on routine patrol in the Crystal Palace area received a report of two cats discovered in adjacent streets and a fox killed nearby, all in a 200m radius of each other near Stoney Lane.

The animals reportedly found include a black and white cat in St Aubyns, a tabby cat in Coxwell Road and a fox in Stoney Lane.

However police were unable to recover the decapitated bodies which were binned soon after they were discovered.

A spokesman for the Met said the officer who has been dealing with the spate of cat killings around Croydon is investigating the latest discoveries in Crystal Palace, as well as working with the South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL).

Enquiries are also being carried out by officers in Crystal Palace who are examining local CCTV footage.


The pair behind SNARL, a South Norwood based animal rescue centre, believe at least eight killings in south London, as well as one in Charlton, have been linked to the cat killer.

They have also highlighted 32 historic cases in Croydon and the outskirts of the borough.

In a bid to catch the culprit and bring them to justice they have raised £5,000 to fund forensic analysis on the dead animal bodies.

The DNA analysis will be passed to police, as they continue to investigate the killings.

Meanwhile animal charity PETA have offered a £2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the so-called “cat ripper of Croydon”.

PETA Associate Director Elisa Allen said: “The pain and fear that any of these cats experienced is unimaginable, so it’s imperative that any community faced with such sadistic and violent acts take measures to find the culprit and bring him or her to justice.

“Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whoever is available to them, human or non-human, and must be caught before they act again.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call the Crystal Palace Triangle Team on 020 8721 2906 or call Croydon Police on 101.