A STRING of cat shootings in Tilehurst has prompted a strong public reaction, with money being raised as a reward for whoever hands in the culprit.

After another cat was shot with a pellet gun in Tilehurst earlier this week following a series of related incidents, including a cat that was shot dead last month, worried locals are crowdfunding for a seizable reward.

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The page reads: “Someone knows something about who is shooting the cats and swans in Berkshire.

"I propose that anyone who would like to see the scum caught donates towards a reward for a prosecution of the shooter.

"If anyone can give information that leads to an arrest they can claim the cash reward. Money talks.”

The page currently has a target of raising £1000.

In a Facebook post on Monday night (May 4), Vets4Pets Tilehurst said: “Another cat shot with a pellet gun.

“This is a perfect example of what I was saying on my last post.

“This was an incidental find, the cat came in with injuries on his front end from a fox bite and as he was lame behind I suggested to the client that I was concerned he had been another victim of the cat shooters.

“As it turns out I was right, this pellet has shattered his fibula as well, hence the lameness.

“He is ok, recovering well but very lucky!”

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The incident this time happened close to Tilehurst station, and has been reported to police.

Thames Valley Police had launched an investigation following the death of the first cat.

The one-year-old male ginger cat had been shot by an air rifle and was found in Keswick Close, Tilehurst on April 20.

He was taken to a vet for treatment but sadly was later put down.

Police believe the incident happened between on 6pm and 8pm, and would like to know if anyone has information which could help with the investigation.

Crime reference: 43200119427.