The first description of a man being sought after in relation to a spate of animal killings across the UK has been released.
South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL) took to Facebook on Saturday, 26 August, to share details of a man they are looking for in connection with the attacks.
The UK Cat Killer, also known as the Croydon Cat Killer and the M25 Animal Killer due to the locations in which earlier attacks first took place, is thought to be behind in excess of 200 animal deaths throughout the country since 2015.
Cats, foxes and rabbits have all been found killed and mutilated throughout the UK, all bearing signature injuries that point to the culprit being one individual.
Whilst Croydon was the location of the original killings, animals thought to have fallen victim to the notorious attacker have been found throughout London and Surrey, with SNARL also recently indicating that he may have travelled as far as Manchester, Northampton and the South Coast to carry out attacks.
The man, as stated by SNARL on Facebook, is described as “in his 40s, white, with short brown hair, between 5’8 and 5’11’, average build, possibly with some acne scarring to his face, dressed in dark clothing…”
The group adds that the man may be “trying to coax cats with a toy or feed them or looking or entering gardens” as well “may be wearing a headlamp or carrying a torch”.
The group were also keen to express that if someone fitting the description is spotted, they must not be approached, rather the police called on 999, quoting Operation Takahe.
“This is a very general description which could fit any number of people. It will not make you a hero or do you any favours if you harm someone innocent.”
A £10,000 reward is currently in place for information that leads to a conviction of the person responsible. The reward is being offered by PETA UK (£5000) and Outpaced (£5000).
Earlier this year, This Is Our Town also added a £500 reward for information leading to a conviction after a number of attacks on cats in the Kingston borough.
People are urged to contact SNARL on 07961 030064 or 07957 830490 if they discover any bodies or body parts, as well as reporting it to the police on 101.
If you have any information on who is committing the offences, it is urged that you contact 020 8649 0216 to speak with the Operation Takahe team. Alternatively, contact the police on 101 or crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.