Many constituents have contacted me regarding the events that have recently taken place in Riddings Park. I am shocked by the horrific and brutal killing of Leo, a three-year-old cat.

It is extremely important that those who carried out this terrible offence are brought to justice and receive a strong punishment to serve as a deterrent to others who for whatever reason think mistreating animals can ever be justified. I have been in contact with Derbyshire Police regarding this incident and am confident that this case is being given all due attention. It would not be appropriate for me to comment on any individuals who may be involved for fear of prejudicing the criminal justice process.

I have also been informed by the local police that they are stepping up patrols in the area to reassure residents.