Martin Clunes Joins the List of Celebrities Speaking Out Against the Croydon Cat Killer

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As the Croydon cat killer continues to pose a serious threat to animals in South London, British actor Martin Clunes has sent a letter to the London commissioner of police urging him to take every measure necessary to find the culprit, including re-examining all available CCTV footage.

He writes:

“As someone who shares my home with several four-legged companions, I read with horror that some of the cats had been decapitated, disembowelled or dismembered – this is the stuff of nightmares. The local community is understandably distraught and frightened. No one feels safe while this sick individual is on the loose.”

Martin, who went to school in Croydon, goes on to note that many animal abusers also commit serious violent crimes against humans, as confirmed by mental-health professionals and top law-enforcement officials.

“Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals don’t stop there – many of them move on to their fellow humans. That is a scary thought indeed.”

A host of celebrities have already voiced their concern about the risk the killer poses to animals and the whole Croydon community. X Factor presenters Caroline Flack and Dermot O’Leary – as well as You Me At Six lead vocalist Josh Franceschi – have alerted their more than 4 million combined Twitter followers about PETA’s offer in the hope that getting the word out will lead to an arrest. A number of other celebs – including Abbey Clancy, model Danielle Lloyd and Atomic Kitten star Liz McClarnon – have also expressed their disgust at the actions of this twisted killer.

James McVey, lead guitarist of hit band The Vamps, has even offered gig tickets to anyone who shares information leading to the identification of the individual responsible for the attacks.

PETA is offering a £5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. We’re also asking people who live in the Croydon or West Norwood area to keep their cats safely indoors – and to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.

You can raise awareness by printing out some of our reward posters and putting them up locally.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Croydon Police on 101, or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

If you find an animal in the local area who has been attacked, as well as contacting the police, please also get in touch with SNARL (South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty) who will facilitate evidence collection and liaise with the police. Phone number: 07957 830490.


  • Lisa Ramsey commented on February 10, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Hi your quote of ‘Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the RSPCA’ should be amended, (evidence ‘could’ get lost because of it) RSPCA are not collating the evidence & were reluctant to get involved. The Rescue collating ALL evidence is South Norwood Animal Rescue & Liberty, & since confirmed cases in North London, Mitcham, Sutton & surrounding areas, your headline of Croydon cat should be changed as a matter of urgency. Thankyou…

    • Ruby commented on February 11, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Hi Lisa. We have added information about how to contact SNARL to this article. We also acknowledge the surrounding areas in which this killer appears to be operating. Thanks for getting in touch.

  • Karen commented on February 11, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    If “Croydon Cat Killer” was called “Croydon Human Killer”, IT! would have be caught by now?

    • pete commented on February 29, 2016 at 11:22 am

      I quite agree with you Karen, I imagine the police will only take it seriously when ”enough ” people make ”enough ” fuss about it, otherwise it’s only animals and not worth much effort.

  • jazz m commented on February 11, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Just.. WHY?? Karma is soooo gonna catch up with them.

  • Sarah Andrews commented on February 11, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    They should put more effort in to catch this person. All lives matter. I also think sentence for those found guilty of these crimes are generally given sentences that are too lenient and have set up a petition to ask for tougher sentences. I would appreciate it if anyone who agrees would sign and share. I’d really like to make a difference.

  • Joy Hayes commented on February 11, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Omg this is pure evil the person responsible needs to be locked up so he can’t hurt any more poor defenseless animal.hes 1 sick individual

  • terri cole commented on February 11, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    This scum must be caught and convicted

  • Shirley Sinclair commented on February 11, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    What harm/threat is an animal to you? Whoever you are?
    You need help (locking up) you sick individual!
    You will be identified – of that I am confident!!!

  • Jenny Harris commented on February 12, 2016 at 11:16 am

    I absolutely despise whoever commits cruelty to animals,
    they must be caught and severely punished!!!

  • ruth preston commented on February 28, 2016 at 11:27 am

    thank you for the support on this Martin…you do a brilliant job for animals and a shining example to other celebrities

  • JL commented on February 28, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    As Martin says, this is a signifier of a psychopath who seems to be using animals and could go on to humans. The police know that too. So anyone who can help please come forward. I contacted SNARL recently about an incident in North London and they do follow up. I had to intervene on a couple with treats trying to lure a cat which was not theirs. They were not English so had to act carefully as any ‘PC’ brigade will spring to defend but hopefully put them off, that time at least.

  • Ursula Rich commented on February 28, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I really hope they catch this sick person/s not just for the animals that have & may suffer at their hands, but for the human community as well. Do the same to him/her or them. Keep up the good work u all do & a big thankyou for all u do to stop any animal suffering xx

  • Kate Adie fan commented on February 28, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    “From Our Own Correspondent” on Radio 4 had a report a few months ago about the practice of using cat body parts in black magic rituals by Tanzanian witch doctors. Could the same be done here? People pay a lot of money for the supposed supernatural advantages these rituals will bestow them with.

  • Irena Durakic-Edwards commented on February 28, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    This is a joke!Is the police sooò incompetent?Or is it that noone do anything really as we speak of lives of “just” cats?!If he was killing all this time people and still was not caught police would have been crusified by now..Disgusting!

  • Croydon Without Rubbish commented on March 22, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Croydon is such a peaceful place. There is no place for such monsters who hurt innocent creatures as the homeless animals. As a child, I used to have a classmate with mental illness who caused pain to small kittens and the school in addition to everyone in class, found out about this. The guy was a total loser but didn’t deserve any good attitude. He probably must have thought we should feel sorry about him, but no, at least I did not and never will. There isn’t any excuse on this world that can convince me that I can forgive someone who has hurt innocent animals. I hope this sick man will get what he deserves. Croydon must be cleansed from rubbish people like that one.

  • Sue Redding commented on May 12, 2016 at 11:32 pm


    The mutiliations of cats continue across London and greater London.

    Can we not increase the reward to make it “worthwhile” to someone who will come forward with the information leading to the arrest of the cat killer.

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