Potters Bar woman launches her own investigation into M25/Croydon Cat Killer

PUBLISHED: 17:24 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:29 02 October 2018

Jayne Galloway and Taz. Picture: Supplied.

Jayne Galloway and Taz. Picture: Supplied.


A Potters Bar woman is launching her own investigation into the M25/Croydon Cat Killer after her cat was among the hundreds to be mutilated - deaths the Metropolitan Police has put down to foxes and cars.

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

Jayne Galloway is encouraging other victims to get on board with her investigation after officers released a statement last week and closed the three year investigation.

The 54-year-old said: “If the police are not going to stop this killer then I am more than happy to do it.”

Jayne’s 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.

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

She exclusively told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that Taz also had a marking on his stomach which had been “cut in” and that many of the other cats also had the same ‘trademark’ but she claims she was informed by officers not to tell the media.

Since Jayne spoke out on Thursday, September 20, she said she has been flooded with support from the public and has been in touch with other pet owners who believe their furry friends were killed by the same person.

She said: “Looking at all the evidence it is obvious that this is not just down to cats being hit by cars or foxes attacking them otherwise it would be happening everywhere in the world.

“Foxes don’t cleanly cut off limps and heads.

“All the cats look like it has been done by a knife.

“Foxes also don’t leave trademarks on cats.”

She added: “If you have any evidence or would like to help me with this investigation then please get in touch.”

South Norwood Animal Rescue Liberty (SNARL) an animal charity that was working closely with the Met also released a statement to say that it would be carrying on its search without the help of the police.

A spokesperson said: “We have taken a collective decision to continue with the investigation.

“We now have the skills within our extended team to cover most of what police would be doing anyway.”

One woman, Vinnii West, has also started a petition to get the Met to carry on investigating after her pet was killed.

To sign the petition visit https://www.change.org/p/metropolitan-police-croydon-cat-killer

To be put in contact with Jayne email sophie.blackman@whtimes.co.uk

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