Comedian and impressionist Terry Mynott is known for his work in The Mimic and Toast of London, but he has a new and altogether darker claim to fame this week.
He claims his cat has been killed by a serial pet killer who is stalking the streets of Brighton.
The Croydon Cat Killer story was debunked as a groundless panic by a police report in September this year, but in the same month a spate of undeniable cat murders began just 40 miles to the south.
Terry, 44, said his two-year-old cat was died three days after being stabbed in the leg in Springfield Road, Brighton, on October 17.
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Terry lives in the same area as all the other suspected attacks by the new cat killer.
Animal rescue charity Snarl said the new report brings the total to eight.
All the attacks have occurred within a square mile around Ditchling Rise, Brighton.
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Posting on Twitter Mr Mynott said: "He died three days later as the wound was too deep to heal.
"I’m animal-mad and so I’m devastated.
"I wanted to keep it to myself but finding out yesterday in the news about the cat attacks in Brighton I have to use Twitter to inform others."
Sussex Police have launched Operation Diverge to investigate the suspected attacks.
A city council worker, who occasionally collects bins in Ditchling Rise, said he saw a disembowelled cat on his rounds.
He said: "We lifted the bin lids and my colleague said ‘is that a toy cat?’.
"I realised it was a real one – it had a slit down its stomach and all its innards had been taken out.
"Its stomach was open but I couldn’t see any organs inside.
"We were both very shocked."
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The man said the incident occurred two months ago, but he got in contact after reading reports of the new cat killer.
A spokesman from Sussex Police said: "Two cats have died from injuries highly likely to have been caused by stabbing.
"Additionally, another cat died from an attack by another animal.
"One died from accidental injury according to a vet.
"A fifth was found dead in the road with open wounds, but not established as intentionally injured.
"A sixth was put to sleep as a result of its injuries, the cause of which were not established.
"One cat survived having suffered a leg wound."
Snarl is urging people to keep their pets inside at night time.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101 quoting Operation Diverge.
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