A cat has been found decapitated and another is feared missing, sparking fears the Croydon cat killer has struck again.

South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL) found the body of a ginger cat in London Road, Thornton Heath yesterday afternoon.

A statement on SNARL’s Facebook page said: “The cat had been dead in the garden for two days before being reported to the police by local bus drivers.

“Enquiries revealed that the cat, who was decapitated, was well known in the area, normally in the company of another ginger stray, who appears to have gone missing.”

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The bodies of more than 10 felines have been found butchered in Croydon and the surrounding areas in the past six months, raising fears of a sick serial killer and prompting a police investigation.

The cats, which have also been found in Addiscombe, South Norwood, Coulsdon and West, were discovered missing their tails and some had been beheaded.

Last month the RSPCA said scientific analysis of the bodies suggested the victims had been mowed down by a car before being decapitated.

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The cat deaths have gained widespread national media attention since first being reported in the Croydon Guardian in October.

Animal rights campaign group PETA has offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person dubbed some by the "cat ripper of Croydon".

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Celebrities including Martin Clunes and Dermot O'Leary have backed calls to find the killer.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018, Detective Sergeant Andy Collin from the Metropolitan Police on 0208 6490216 or SNARL on Facebook.