London: Cat ‘deliberately’ decapitated for children in playground | UK News
A decapitated cat has been abandoned for children in a London playground in a “deliberate” act.
The animal’s bloodied head was placed “very carefully” at the bottom of one of the slides at Homerton Grove Adventure Playground in Hackney.
The grisly discovery was made by a staff member when she opened the park on the afternoon of April 24.
Michael Harrington, an RSPCA animal rescue officer, said the head was discovered near the main entrance on Wardle Street.
“It’s a really horrible story. We were informed of the discovery of a dismembered black and white cat’s head in a children’s playground last Monday,” he added.
“The investigation is ongoing, but first impressions seem to indicate that the act was premeditated.
“The head was carefully placed on the floor of a children’s play area and left in a position where it could be easily found.
“We were told that this particular piece of equipment is one of the most used and popular pieces of equipment on the playground.
“This must have been a shocking discovery for the staff member who stumbled upon it, but we are deeply grateful that it was not found by a young child who could be deeply traumatized.”
The RSPCA was unable to obtain CCTV footage of the crime scene due to a lack of cameras.
The incident is believed to have occurred between 6:00 p.m. on April 23 and 3:30 p.m. on April 24.
The charity is asking witnesses to contact their appeals line on 0300 123 8018 in confidence.
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