A notorious cat killer, who is believed to have murdered hundreds of cats across the country, struck in Northamptonshire, it has been confirmed.
The South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberation group (Snarl) is leading the campaign to track down who they describe as a "pyschopathic killer" who has had scores of victims.
Speaking this afternoon, Tony Jenkins, who runs Snarl with Boudicca Rising, revealed that a cat from Brackley had been identified as a victim of the killer through post-mortem.
The group has collected the bodies of more than 170 cats and has details of another 100 historical cases. The attacks date back at least three years, if not five, he said.
Post-mortems have been carried out on 35 cats - including the one from Northamptonshire - to prove the cases are linked.
"The vets who carried out the post-mortems believe that the same person carried out the killings from the method and the wounds on the cats' bodies," Mr Jenkins told the Chron.
The Brackley case happened two months ago, he said.
Police have been investigating and have been tracking cases in Croydon, the London area, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Maidenhead and Maidstone.
Mr Jenkins added: "The fear that everyone has is that he will progress on to humans.
"He's a pyscopath - we think it is someone who has a job that covers a wide area. There's a concentration in the Croydon and London area but wherever he goes, he will stop off and kill a cat or a fox," he said.
Through Facebook, dozens of pet owners have contacted Tony and Boudicca.
"If people have any information they should contact their local police and make sure they say it could be connected to these cases," Tony added.
To find out more, visit the Snarl group's Facebook page.