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Severed fox head found in West Hampstead garden

Councillor: Grim discovery could have 'serious implications' for pet owners

25 January, 2018 — By Richard Osley

A SEVERED fox head was found in a garden this morning (Thursday) leading to fears an animal killer had struck in West Hampstead.

Police,  the RSPCA and Camden Council have been informed of the grim discovery in Sumatra Road, as well as SNARL, the South Norwood Animal Rescue Liberty group which investigates animal deaths which could be linked to the ‘Croydon cat killer’ cases in south London.

The woman who found the fox tweeted that officers said they would investigate. A picture was briefly shown on social media as the authorities were asked for help.

Labour ward councillor Lorna Russell said: “This crime is truly horrifying and, if linked to the notorious cat killer, could have much more serious implications for local residents and pets.”

She said: “I have passed this information on to the relevant authorities but I would also like to urge pet owners in and around the area to be extremely vigilant and to report anything suspicious to the police and Camden Council.”

The incident has led to comparisons with the ‘Croydon cat killer’ case, also referred to as the ‘M25 cat killer’ due to the expanding area in which pets have been found killed over the last two years, often decapitated. During this period, which has seen detectives unable to trace anybody responsible for animal killings, some foxes have been among the dead.

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