Riain Richards, 20, came forward after the RSPCA released CCTV footage of man violently swinging a cat by its tail in an appeal for witnesses to come forward.

The footage captured outside the Camden Arms pub in Ramsgate caused outrage and the RSPCA was flooded with tip-offs.
Police officers and the RSPCA identified Richards as a suspect but could not locate him.

This morning at 9am – a few hours after he was urged to hand himself in – Richards went to Margate police station and is now being questioned by the RSPCA over the attack of the two-year-old cat named Mowgli.

He has not been charged.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “The RSPCA can confirm that this morning a 20-year-old man from Ramsgate voluntarily handed himself into Margate Police Station.

“He is now helping us with our enquiries.”

When his brother was shown images of the CCTV footage, he said: “If it is him, then he’s an idiot”.

Mowgli was swung around in the air at least 14 times and nearly had his head smashed against bollards and the pavement. Luckily it escaped serious injury.

Owner Michelle Buchanan, an IT teacher who lives below the Camden Arms pub, said: “It’s horrific. I can’t believe anyone would do something that cruel.

“Mowgli is emotional. He’s just distraught. He won’t go out the door.”