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WARNING: Scammer targets Bromley residents for money over M25 animal killings

PUBLISHED: 09:44 23 March 2017

The cat killer has even struck as far as Manchester, Snarl believes. Stock photo.

The cat killer has even struck as far as Manchester, Snarl believes. Stock photo.

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The animal killer has been active for 'several years' according to one charity

The charity leading the hunt for a prolific animal killer has issued a warning to residents around the borough.

According to South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (Snarl) a man in his 30s has been knocking on doors, claiming to be collecting money for the investigation into the M25 animal killer, also known as the Croydon cat killer.

The killer is known to behead cats and chop off their tails.

The name has changed as foxes and rabbits have been found with similar wounds, and the scope of the killings has widened into Bromley, Bexley and Kent.

Snarl believes more than 250 cats have died at the killer’s hand since 2014.

This week the charity posted a warning on its Facebook page against a potential scammer.

It read: “We have been made aware this morning of a male in his thirties who has been knocking on doors in the Bromley area, telling people he is collecting money for the investigation and allegedly trying to gain access to properties to talk to homeowners about setting up a direct debit and doing so in a forceful manner.

“He is dressed in a blue tabard from an animal charity with identification from them but is handing out SNARL leaflets.

“Please note that we have never raised funds door to door and never will and this individual does not represent us in any way.

“Police have advised any householders who are approached by him to call 999 immediately. We would appreciate a call also.”

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