|Please read if you have a cat
I have received the following from Richmond Police today, so if you have a cat, please read and you are being advised to keep them in at night:
There have been reports of a man and a woman driving around Hounslow / Whitton areas trying to take cats. If you see anyone acting suspiciously around cats in your road, please challenge them, note their registration and pass onto the Police. If the person/people can prove they own the cat or are genuinely trying to catch the cat for rescue purposes (e.g. if it is injured) they will not mind you challenging them.
Also, I am sure you are all aware by now that there is a cat serial killer mutilating cats in London who then displays the bodies / body parts on doorsteps or in public places. Most of the deaths to date have been around the Croydon area but he is now moving around London and yesterday a mutilated cat was recovered from Paradise Road, Richmond. Post Mortems show that this is clearly the work of a human hand, with heads, tails or limbs cleanly cut off with a sharp blade. To date, no heads have been recovered. Please be vigilant and if you have a cat, make sure it is locked in at night. If you see anyone acting suspiciously and who has a knife, ring 999 immediately, or if you unfortunately come across the remains of a cat, please stay at the scene and ring South Norwood Animal Rescue & Liberty (SNARL) on 07961 030064 so they can recover the body / parts quickly. The RSPCA is organising the Post Mortems and it is vital that forensic evidence is not lost at the scene. People who abuse / kill animals are known to go onto murder humans. Croydon Police Station is treating this as a criminal case and have appointed CID Officer Andy Collin.
There have been a couple of reports of high end cars being rifled in Haliburton Road recently. Police advice is never to leave anything on display and make sure the car is locked, although on the most recent occasion the car was unlocked by the offender.
A Twickenham resident was conned out of over £3000 last week by scammers who tricked him into having work done on his roof. Had the police not arrived (by chance) he may have ended up paying £7000. The suspects are an Irish man (40s) with a round face, blond/red hair and a thinner man (20s) who walks with a stoop and has a Birmingham accent. They were driving a newish white van with ladders on the top. If anyone gets a visit from this unpleasant pair, please do NOT allow them to do anything and make a note of their registration if you can and report to the Police who are investigating.