A dead cat has been found on a slope opposite a children’s playground, sparking fears the Croydon Cat Killer has struck again.

Animal welfare group South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL) were called to Westow Park in Upper Norwood on Sunday afternoon (May 28), where the body was left.

The black and white cat was not mutilated, the group stated, but the “circumstances and her injuries were a match” to other victims of a suspected mass killer.

SNARL is now appealing for anybody who was in Westow Park between 7am and 2pm and who saw anyone with a bag on the slight incline on the west side of the park.

From April: A £10k reward is being put up to catch the Croydon Cat Killer

Tony Jenkins and Boudica Rising formed the group – which specialises in the rescue and rehabilitation of poorly treated, abused and ill cats and other animals – in 2014.

They believe one person – known as the UK Cat Killer, Croydon Cat Killer or M25 Animal Killer - is behind the killing and mutilation of more than 200 animals in recent years.

The Metropolitan Police launched an investigation, Operation Tahake, into the slayings, and animal rights groups PETA and Outpaced have offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.

Got a story? Get in touch at craig.richard@london.newsquest.co.uk