AN ORGANISATION investigating cat slayings has released the first description of a man thought to be behind the killings nationwide.
It comes after police confirmed two cat killings in Portsmouth earlier this year were linked to the Metropolitan police's probe into the Croydon cat killer.
The notorious killer has struck 250 cats across the country, according to South Norwood Animal Rescue Liberty (Snarl), which is working with police.
Little Poppy, a family pet, was found beheaded in Marmion Road, Southsea, on Easter Monday. Hampshire police said her death is linked to one in Atlanta Close, Southsea, on April 3.
Now the people running Snarl have released the first description of the attacker, given from witnesses to Surrey police.
On its Facebook page Snarl said: 'If you see a man in his 40s, white, with short brown hair, between 5ft 8in and 5ft 11in, average build, possibly with some acne scarring to his face, dressed in dark clothing, with or without a torch, trying to coax cats with a toy or feed them or looking or entering gardens, please dial 999 quoting Operation Takahe.'
The statement added: 'He may be wearing a headlamp or carrying a torch.
'Do not approach him or confront him (he may be completely innocent, plenty of people out there trying to rescue or help cats), just call the police and us and let us deal with it.'
Poppy's owner Lowri Sparkes said: ‘As a family we were completely devastated by the loss of Poppy in such a violent and brutal way.
‘The news that SNARL and the police are getting closer to catching this disturbed and dangerous individual is a real comfort for us. Poppy was such a kind, sweet natured soul who did not deserve to die in this way.
‘Like all of the other families who have lost beloved pets, we want nothing more than her killer to be stopped so no-one else has to suffer what we have. We would like to once again thank SNARL and the police for their tireless efforts.’