WARNING: M25 cat killer strikes in Winchmore Hill

on Thursday, 15 September 2016. Posted in N21 Community


On Monday 12th September an elderly man living in Winchmore Hill opened his door to find the body of a decapitated cat on his doorstep.


Shocked but unaware that there have been a number of similar incidents he disposed of the poor animal's body. The incident does however bear a striking resemblance to a number of attacks on cats around the suburbs of London. You may have seen media coverage of the so-called 'M25 cat killer'. Previously known as the Croydon Cat Killer, a person or persons unknown apeears to have mutilated and killed as many as a hundred cats, originally in South London but now all over London. There have been attacks on cats in Archway, Barnet, Finchley, St Albans and Walthamstowe and is now being investigated under Operation Takahe.


Google 'operation takahe' and you will find that there has been massive coverage of this sadist; there is even a Wikipedia page for the M25 cat killer

Investigations into these attacks has been co-ordinated by South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL).



SNARL is a small animal rescue centre based in South Norwood, specialising in the rescue and rehabilitation of poorly treated, abused and ill cats and other animals. Set up in 2014, the two founders heard about attacks on cats around Croydon in September 2015 and began investigating them and arranging to have post mortems conducted to confirm the cause of death. Whilst there is no body in this instance SNARL has seen a photo and believes the attack in Winchmore Hill bears all the hallmarks of the other killings across London. Apparently the cat killer often returns to the same area on a number of occasions, although the attacks might be weeks or even months apart. The SNARL team are working with the Special Operations Unit of the RSPCA and the Operation Takahe unit of the Metropolitan Police, based in Croydon, headed up by Detective Sergeant Andy Collins.

Here is a link to their FACEBOOK PAGE


In the meantime if anyone in Winchmore Hill is missing a tabby and white cat since 13/9/16 please contact 07961 030064 or 07957 830490



Most of the attacks have occured at night so SNARL strongly urge cat owners to keep their cats in at night.


Try to discourage your cat from going onto the street or the front of your property


If you spot anything suspicions - someone who might be trying to befriend a cat on the street dial 101. If you are seriusly worried that a cat is in danger SNARL say it is OK to dial 999.


Contact SNARL should you come across anything suspicious or dare I say it, another case. 


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07957 830 490 or 07961 003 064



It is believed that the 'M25 cat killer' may have struck in Winchmore HIll

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