Severed cat head planted in children’s playground – best today news


A severed cat’s head was placed at the bottom of a piece of apparatus in a children’s playground in what the RSPCA is treating as a “deliberate act”. A staff member at Homerton Grove Adventure Playground in Hackney made the sickening discovery as she was opening up the park for the afternoon.

The RSPCA has pledged to investigate what it called a “completely unthinkable act”.

Michael Harrington, an RSPCA animal rescue officer, said: “This is a truly horrifying story. We were alerted to the discovery of a dismembered black and white cat head at a children’s playground on Monday last week.

“The investigation is ongoing, but first impressions appear to indicate that this was a deliberate act.”

He explained: “The head was very carefully placed at the bottom of a children’s play apparatus and left in a way that it would be easily found.

“We have been informed that this particular piece of apparatus is one of the most used and popular things in the playground.

“This must have been a shocking discovery for the member of staff who stumbled upon it, but we are profoundly grateful that it was not found by a small child who could have been deeply traumatised.”

The RSPCA has not so far be able to obtain CCTV footage from the scene as a result of a lack of cameras, and is therefore appealing for anyone with information to contact them confidence on 0300 123 8018.

The head was discovered close the main entrance on Wardle Street, E9 6BX when the playground opened in the afternoon on April 24.

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The RSPCA believes the incident will have taken place between 6pm on 23 April 23 and 3.30 on 24 April.

Mr Harrington added: “This is a completely unthinkable act and we very much hope someone will have seen or heard something that can help us with our investigation.

“There is a uniquely disturbing situation and we are keen to get to the bottom of what happened here.”

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care visit www.rspca.org.uk/give

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