Potters Bar woman claims police told her not to ‘reveal trademark’ left by Croydon/M25 Cat Killer

PUBLISHED: 15:30 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 27 September 2018

Jayne Galloway and Taz. Picture: Supplied.

Jayne Galloway and Taz. Picture: Supplied.


A Potters Bar woman whose cat was mutilated has spoken out and is encouraging other victims to do so after police announced they had closed the Croydon/M25 Cat Killer case.

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

Last week, following a three-year investigation and the brutal deaths of 500 felines, the Metropolitan Police released a statement concluding the deaths were down to foxes.

Jayne Galloway was left furious after hearing the news as her Bengal cat Taz was found “chopped up” in October 2017 in their neighbour’s garden.

His neck had been snapped, and his tail, ear and right paw cut off. His front left paw had been flattened, as if it had been held in a vice or some kind of trap.

Jayne told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that he also had a marking on his stomach which had been “cut in” and that many of the other cats also had the same ‘trade mark’.

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.

The 54-year-old said: “We were told by police not to tell the media this, but I am furious that they are using foxes as a scapegoat.

“My Taz was bigger than a fox and would even bite me when I stroked him so there is no way a fox could have done this to him.”

Jayne has a theory that it is a builder committing these crimes as builders were in the area at the time of Taz’s death and other victims she has spoken to have also stated that work was being done nearby.

She said: “It must be someone who can easily see into gardens and has blunt objects on them.

Taz was well loved by the entire neighbourhood. Photo: Jayne GallowayTaz was well loved by the entire neighbourhood. Photo: Jayne Galloway

“How else have these foxes also managed to unlock rabbit hutches and mutilate them with blunt trauma too?

“There is a psychopath out there who will become a serial killer but the police just don’t want to know. It’s disgusting.”

The mum is keen to get other victims together to speak out following the meeting on Thursday, 20 September, where Croydon officers met with charity South Norwood Animal Rescue League (SNARL) and the RSPCA to set out the investigation’s final conclusion that there is no evidence of human involvement.

A spokesperson for the Met said: “No evidence of human involvement was found in any of the reported cases.

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

“There were no witnesses, no identifiable patterns and no forensic leads that pointed to human involvement.”

If you would like to be put in touch with Jayne email sophie.blackman@whtimes.co.uk.

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