The so-called Croydon cat killer is feared to have struck again after the maimed body of a pet cat was found in a Shortlands garden.

Owners Becky Petley, 23, and James Hopkins, 27, looked after Spike for 13 years keeping him happy and safe.

But they were left horrified when his body was found in a neighbour’s garden just off Cumberland Road on August 10.

The unfortunate moggy’s tail had been cut off, his neck broken, his side cut open and part of his leg skinned.

Mr Hopkins said: “I am both sad and angry about what has happened. But I am determined to spread the word about this case and do everything I can to help catch this scumbag.”

The couple got in touch with Tony Jenkins from the South Norwood Animal Rescue Liberty (SNARL) group and he confirmed the killing was consistent with other attacks.

The Croydon cat killer, also known as the M25 cat killer, has been investigated by the Met Police since 2015 when headless cats started to be found in Croydon and elsewhere in London.

Since December 2015 the police have spent more than 1,2000 hours trying to track down the killer.

Despite the investigation, known as Operation Takahe, a killer has not been found.

According to Mr Jenkins, foxes and squirrels have also been targeted.

The attacks have taken place in Croydon, Petts Wood, Chislehurst and even Brighton and Manchester.

SNARL is trying to raise awareness on the issue and suggests that people keep their cats safe by bringing them in at night.

Mr Hopkins is the owner of the Fireball Pizza Company in Chatterton Road, Bromley, and there have been messages of support on his Facebook page.

Nancy Morgan said: “How can can someone be so nasty and cruel, hope this inhumane person is caught!"

Tiamaria Lower said: “This is sickening, I'm sorry for all you people who have lost their fur babies in such a terrible way. I'm stunned by the horrific things I've read and I hope they catch the person soon.”

Anybody who has information on the killer should contact SNARL on 07961 030 064 or the police on 101.