Sunday, 11 January 2015

UK SIGHTINGS: ‘Sandy-coloured panthers’ spark 999 call in Suffolk

Matt GawThursday, January 1, 2015 

Big cats are stalking the region’s fields, woodlands and villages, according to calls to Suffolk police.

New information released by the force reveals that officers have been called for assistance ten times over the last decade – with the most recent sighting taking place last month.

On November 12 officers were told to keep an eye out for “two sandy-coloured black panthers” running by woods in Red Lodge after a call from a startled member of the public.

However, patrols in the area turned up a blank, and no further sightings of the animals were recorded.

There has been at least one call to police each year since 2009, with a spike in reports in 2004, when officers were notified of ‘big cats’ a total of four times.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: “It is rare that we receive these types of calls in the county, but if someone does believe they have seen a big cat they can contact police. If there is immediate danger we will respond, but often the sighting will be referred to other agencies such as the RSPCA.”

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