The police and RSPCA have backed Snarl, set up by a south London couple, to solve the bloody deaths of up to 500 pets. Will their trail lead to justice?

Tony Jenkins takes a deep breath as he sits down with his large cappuccino in a south-London cafe. He pulls out his phone and lays it on the table. “It might go at any time,” he says. “If it’s someone saying: ‘I’ve just found my cat and its head is missing,’ or a vet, or police saying someone’s brought in a victim, we’ll basically jump in the car and go.”

Jenkins, who is 53 and wears a long grey ponytail, is one half of an unlikely crime-fighting duo. He and his partner Boudicca Rising are behind South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty, or Snarl. Backed by the Metropolitan police, the National Crime Agency (NCA), the RSPCA and animal rights group Peta, the couple have led the investigation into the “Croydon cat killer”. They believe the man, who became known as the UK cat killer as his reign of terror spread, is responsible for as many as 500 deaths.

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