“Help find Croydon’s cat killer” urges local MP
Steve Reed MP has urged local residents to report suspicious behaviour to the police after a spate of cat killings in Croydon. The Labour MP has been contacted by residents alarmed about the attacks after reports that a number of cats have been killed in recent months.
Mr Reed has called on residents to be vigilant and in particular to report anyone they think might be involved. The individual responsible may well have some kind of personality disorder and residents should talk to the police or the RSPCA with any concerns rather than approaching any suspect directly. Residents can contact the police by calling 101, the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018, or Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.
These attacks are truly horrifying and will worry any pet owner. I really hope our community can rally round and help the police with any information, however trivial, to find the perpetrator of these awful crimes. Someone who can do this to an animal could also do it to a human being. It’s important they are stopped before any further harm is done. The advice from the police is to be vigilant and if you see anything suspicious make sure you dial 101.
I’ll be speaking with the police regularly to make sure that every possible effort is put into catching the attacker – but if residents have any questions, please get in touch.
Steven Reed is Labour MP for Croydon North and Shadow Minister for Children and Families. In 2018 his private member’s bill on reducing violent mental health restraint became law. In June 2019 he launched Labour’s civil society strategy outlining radical plans to empower citizens and communities.
Steve chairs the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network, co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London, was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12 where he led the council’s children’s services to become best-rated in the country and pioneered the public-health approach to tackling violent youth crime. He worked in publishing for 16 years and was an elected trade union branch secretary.