The body of a dead cat, missing its tail, has been found in Hastings.

Sussex Police said the cat was discovered in the back garden of a house in Hughenden Road at around 8am last Friday (December, 1).

Police said the owner has not yet been identified.

The force said a crime scene inspector had submitted a report to the Metropolitan Police, as they are investigating similar reports in the Croydon and M25 areas as part of Operation Takahe.

Those with information about the incident have been asked to contact Sussex Police.

They can do so via their website or by calling 101, quoting the reference number 594 of 03/12.