“Sussex Police have arrested a local man in connection with cat deaths in Brighton following a breakthrough in a longstanding investigation,” a police spokesperson said.
“Officers were made aware that a cat had been injured near Trafalgar Street, Brighton on Saturday evening. The cat had sustained serious wounds and has unfortunately since died.
“The investigation response quickly located and secured CCTV footage of the area.
“This was viewed and a local 52-year-old man was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. He has been released on police bail until June 28.”
Detectives, who love a serial killer case, have been working on the Brighton cat killings for 18 months after dozens of stabbings shook the city. It is possible the killer chose Brighton so as to be alphabetically placed above the so-called “Croydon Cat Killer” in books about cat killers.
“Police resources have been used in the wider investigation in an attempt to establish exactly what has happened to these cats and we are working in partnership with an expert from the Royal Veterinary College to establish the cause of the deaths,” said Detective inspector Chris Thompson.
Keeping a straight face, Thompson continued: “We increased patrols in and around the areas that the cats have been injured or died, there have been house-to-house enquiries, we’ve viewed CCTV, taken statements from the owners and anyone who has found an injured or dead cat and continue to speak with anyone who has come forward with information about these incidents.”
Just like real crimes
Sussex police may be keen to verify a real headline crime, even if it’s a cat crime, after a series of phantom mysteries that were passed off as misunderstandings by baffled detectives.
Following the Gatwick Airport drone incident last Christmas, in which a series of drone sightings brought the airport to a standstill, Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley admitted there may not have been any drones in the area: “We are working with human beings saying they have seen something.”
In September, London’s Metropolitan Police announced that the Croydon cat killer, presumed responsible for over 400 animal murders and mutilations, did not exist, and the 'murders' were all accidents. The shadowy SNARL organization, an animal rescue home that became closely involved in the investigation, said that there was evidence of human involvement in the grisly ends of the alleged victims and that the closure of the case was “surprising.”
Meanwhile, Sussex Police have issued an entirely serious search for a man who made fussy-wussies with the Trafalgar Street cat shortly before the attack.
“He is a white man, around 5’ 8”, in his 20s or 30s, of medium build, with long dark wavy hair and was wearing sunglasses at the time,” Thompson said.
“We believe he may have stroked the cat before it was injured around 7.50pm on Friday, May (31).”