A fox cub was found with its head removed on a street in Carshalton earlier this week.

Police were called to reports of a 'mutilated, dead' fox in Mount Park at around 4.40pm on May 9.

Officers attended the location, however, no arrests were made, according to a Met Police spokeswoman.

Alex Cusano, who lives in the same street, said: “I don’t want to be too graphic but it looked like it had been placed.

“It did have its head removed, the head wasn’t anywhere within the vicinity, it was by itself [the body]. But there was a very clean cut.”

“I’m not an expert but anyone could see that it was too clean a cut.”

It was first believed to be a cat, and people in the area were warned of the incident, however it was later confirmed as a fox.

South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty attended to the scene with police.

A spokesman for the team said: “We’re fairly certain it was a non-predation event [i.e., human related]. We can’t be 100 percent certain but the way in which the head was removed was indicative of a human as opposed to another animal.

“I can confirm it was definitely a fox cub, we’re fairly certain that it was human-related but we can’t say whether it was the same person.

“We think it’s likely to be the same person in all these cases but we can’t rule out the possibility of someone else joining in or being part of a joint enterprise.”

The Met Police spokeswoman added that the latest report will be assessed to see if it's linked with other cases established as part of an investigation in Croydon.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.