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British police have a new secret weapon: Cats.

FOX News Radio's Simon Owen reports from London:

Britain's criminals have a new enemy to fear. The UK's cats are turning into crime fighters. And they've already caught a killer.

Researchers drew up a database of DNA samples taken from cats to help in a police inquiry. That database was then used in court to show the likelihood that cat hairs found on a dead man's body belonged to a cat owned by a suspect in the case who's now been convicted of manslaughter.

Researchers say Britain's 10 million cats are unwittingly tagging belongings in more than a quarter of the UK's homes. Although human detectives say they're not quite redundant yet. They say the cat's contribution was only part of a wider body of evidence.

In London, Simon Owen, FOX News Radio.