A cat has been found mutilated in a Teddington front garden.

South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL) broke the news on Facebook.

They said: "We were alerted to a cat found mutilated in the front garden of a property close to where Kingston Road becomes Upper Teddington Road in Teddington.

"A veterinary examination which a member of the Team attended, confirmed that her injuries were caused by a person using a sharp bladed instrument and not by an animal."

The injuries were consistent with those inflicted by a person known as the 'Croydon cat killer'.

No one has ever found said killer, however this is now being treated as an attack by SNARL and is under investigation.

Her family and the Police have been informed.

SNARL said: "As is our procedure, we are leafleting the area and carrying out enquiries.

"If anyone was on travelling on the Kingston Road / Upper Teddington Road – perhaps on the 281 or 285 bus on September 10 from 10 to 12.30pm on September 11, or waiting at the bus stop in front of the Langdon Park / Fairfax Road area, or walking back from Hampton Wick Station and saw anyone acting suspiciously, please contact us in strictest confidence.

"Our advice remains to keep cats in at night if you possibly can."

Police have been contacted for comment.