Police appeal over Potters Bar cat killer

PUBLISHED: 09:58 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:14 25 October 2017

Taz was a well-loved rescue cat. Photo: Jayne Galloway

Taz was a well-loved rescue cat. Photo: Jayne Galloway

Jayne Galloway

Police have launched an investigation after the so-called M25 cat killer struck in Potters Bar.

Taz loved exploring outside. Taz loved exploring outside. "He was a big cat, he'’d have seen any animal off." Photo: supplied by Jayne Galloway.

Officers are appealing for information and witnesses.

The mutilated body of the male cat, a Bengal named Taz, was found by his owner Jayne Galloway in her next door neighbour’s garden in Cranborne Road on Monday, October 23.

Taz had been missing since Tuesday, October 17 and had suffered several wounds to his body.

An investigation has now been launched and a post mortem to determine how the wounds were inflicted will be carried out.

Jayne Galloway with Taz the cat. Photo: Jayne GallowayJayne Galloway with Taz the cat. Photo: Jayne Galloway

Inspector Pete Edwards, from the Potters Bar Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This incident has understandably caused great distress and upset to Taz’s owner and I want to reassure the people of Potters Bar and the wider community that we are taking this report very seriously.

“An investigation has now been launched and I am appealing for anyone with information to please come forward.

“Were you in the area and witnessed someone behaving strangely, perhaps attempting to coax a cat towards them? Any information you can provide could prove vital in the investigation.

He added: “I can confirm that at this time we are linking this incident with an ongoing series of similar crimes across the south east being investigated by the Metropolitan Police, working with the charity South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL) under Operation Takahe.

“Anyone with information about who is responsible is asked to please come forward as soon as possible.

“This is understandably a highly emotive subject for many people and I appreciate that they will be worried about their pets.

“If you are concerned, our advice would be to keep cats in after dark and overnight, and if you have smaller pets that live outside in hutches I would also advise moving them to a locked shed or garage overnight if possible.”

If you have any further information that could assist the investigation call Hertfordshire Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference J3/17/1491 or report information online at www.contacthertspolice.uk/Report/Crime.

Alternatively, if you have any information about this incident you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.

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