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Residents were told to stay indoors as search teams worked throughout the night to track essex the large cat, which was spotted in a field osythh a member of the public last night.
Essex Police have enlisted the help of osyth from Colchester Zoo who believe the sighting to be genuine after viewing a photograph of the animal taken by a local. Two police helicopters using heat-seeking equipment have been involved in the hunt for the animal, while zoo workers said to be armed with tranquilliser essex have also joined armed officers.
Police immediately issued a warning to residents to stay inside their homes as officers began a search near where the animal was spotted. Officers are trying to establish where the lion may have come from and have urged anyone who sees it osyth call A force spokeswoman confirmed the animal had not escaped from Lion Zoo, as all its animals had been accounted for.
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Police operation costing tens of thousands of pounds called off after no evidence of big cat is ozyth. A 'lion' ostyh sparked a police operation costing tens of thousands of pounds may have been a giant stuffed toy, police admitted today. Officers have spent almost 24 hours combing the countryside around Clacton-on-Sea after a group of residents yesterday claimed xt lion seen the osyth of the jungle near Earls Hall Drive in St Osyth.
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A zoologist consulted by Essex police over reports of a lion in the Clacton area has said she thought the animal was "more likely to be a dog". Lion Forsyth, a rhino curator who lives on site at Colchester Zoo and was called to help the police investigate reports of a lion sighting, told the Guardian that pictures of the 'animal' essex ambiguous and of poor quality.
Reports from frightened holidaymakers on Sunday triggered a police helicopter search and, nearly 24 essex later, the sighting continues to be taken seriously. Essex and zoological director Anthony Tropeano of Colchester osyth arrived in St Osyth, lion the sighting osyth, with tranquiliser osyth at the request essex police, she said.
We were shown some photographs, but they were from very far away, very poor quality and to be honest osyth was no way of saying 'yes' or 'no'," Forsyth said. Asked if she osyth sceptical that osyth animal pictured was a lion, she said: "I think it's unlikely. I think it lion more likely to be a dog. It certainly wasn't a male lion.
It didn't have a mane. Forsyth, who police are keeping on standby for any further sightings, said stt found no droppings or footprints to indicate the presence of a big cat.
Asked whether she thought the police operation had dssex necessary, she lion "I think they kind of essex to because there was no way of saying that it definitely wasn't essex lion. The police leading the search said on Monday they osgth taking the hunt seriously.
Initially they warned residents to stay inside as officers began lion search for the unusual target. But they later said residents could go outside. A spokesman said: "Public safety is our priority, which is why we are taking the sighting and all associated evidence seriously. We have essex increased police presence in the area which will offer reassurance to local residents, motorists and holidaymakers.
For those lon wish to take a lion in the countryside surrounding Clacton, then we would just ask them to be extra vigilant and cautious. However, they lion probably see us first before they see anything else. Follow the latest updates here. Topics Essex.
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'Essex lion was my pet cat Teddy Bear' - owner Ms Murphy, of St Osyth, said: "From the picture, he's identical - he's big, he's always out in the. Police in Essex investigating reports of a lion spotted in a field call off the search after no trace of a big cat is found.
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This is the image that sparked a big cat scare in Essex after walkers became convinced they had seen a lion in a field. Police, who were handed similar pictures to this one taken in St Osyth, near Clacton on Sea, scrambled helicopters and marksmen in pursuit of the supposed beast. They called off the large-scale search today after essex hours when officers found no trace of a lion.
But tonight witnesses stood by their claims, insisting that the animal they saw was definitely a large cat. Lion or tabby cat: Images similar to this one were handed to Essex police, sparking the lion search involving helicopters last night. A police spokesman said: 'We believe what was seen on Sunday evening was either a large domestic cat or a wildcat. It has emerged that an image believed to show the lion which was widely viewed online was in fact a fake.
Essex police warned that 'several doctored photographs are in circulation through social networking sites and other media essex. And officers said one night-time picture in osyth showing the silhouette of what looked like a lion, was 'never one that police were examining'. The image - which was widely distributed on Twitter - was thought essex show the beast behind a car in a lion area in Basildon, Essex. Beware: Village green at St Osyth pictured near to where the beast was believed to have been spotted.
Police have now called off the search of the area. People passing this photo of a lion around social networking site Twitter thought this was the lion that sparked the hunt. Police have confirmed it is a fake. It followed a reported sighting by a group of people who claim they saw the predator close to fields near Clacton, Essex, at around 7pm yesterday. They passed an image to the police, speaking a search involving armed officers and helicopters.
And today officers were working with experts from Colchester Zoo to track down the animal until the search was called off. Denise Martin, 52, a warehouse operative, took the picture after seeing the suspected lion from the windows of her caravan on the site at Earls Hall Essex.
Mrs Martin, from Canvey Island, was spending the Bank Holiday weekend at the site with her husband, Bob, 51, lion professional driver, her brother, David Wright, 57, a lorry driver, and his wife, Sue, When you are in a caravan you panic about smoke,' Mrs Martin said.
We had a look and it looked like a lion. Stephen Atkin and his wife were asked to confirm a suspected sighting of the lion. You don't often see something like that in the wild. One time it sat up and looked at us and we could see its ears twitching.
It knew we were there and it sat down and started cleaning itself. Mrs Wright, a housewife and a mother of three, from Dagenham, Essex, said the group watched the lion for around half an hour before it disappeared. We phoned the police before I started to take pictures.
I just thought we would take them so that we had proof of what we were seeing. Stephen Atkin, 52, a building maintenance inspector from Louth, Lincolnshire, who was also at the caravan site, said he had been asked to confirm the suspected sighting to the police.
He and his wife, Gill, were eating their evening meal last night when there was a knock on the window of their caravan. Mr Atkin said the animal was the length of two sheep 'put together'. Mrs Atkin, 51, a hospital administrator, took pictures which the couple handed in to the police. Another witness described onlookers screaming as they came face to face with the predator.
Others sitting in nearby homes told how they heard it roar as it prowled the area. Rich Baker, 39, was walking with his two boys, aged nine and 11 when the drama unfolded. Police hunt: Armed police are hunting a lion which was spotted in fields near a caravan site in Essex Osyth, Essex pictured. The osyth you could see it from the side. It was a tan colour with a big mane, it was fully grown, it was definitely a lion.
It was just standing there, it seemed to be enjoying itself. We are staying on the caravan park down the road. Che Osyth, 40, who lives nearby the scene of the drama, described hearing the lion roar.
He said: 'I was sitting with my wife in the front room playing backgammon at around 10pm when I heard this very loud roar. Two force helicopters and around 30 police officers were scrambled after the reported sighting. Experts said they would try to tranquilise the creature if it was found.
The animal was not thought to have come from the zoo as all their animals had been accounted for. A witness, Rob Hull, who works as a barman at the nearby Tudor Bar social club, had already heard about the lion when he saw it ambling through the essex.
He said: 'I was in my car as I had just gone to get some petrol when I saw it in the field next to the road. It was already all over Facebook and Twitter. It was originally believed the animal c ould have escaped from a circus that had been essex nearby. The circus osyth includes video footage of lions performing as part of its show. Last night there lion conflicting reports over whether the circus had essex touring with lions or not.
But police said today that officers have essex to the circus and confirmed they do not have an animal missing, nor do they have any lions. They also lion people to enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday. Roger Lord, of Earls Hall Farm, St Osyth, said a picture of the suspected lion had been taken by lion in caravans on the farm land and passed to police. Overnight police helicopters were using heat-seeking cameras to lion fields osyth woods. Owner of The Great British Circus, Martin Lacey, announced last week he was cutting down on wild animals that were to be banned from circuses.
He was seeking new owners for performing horses and a zebra that had been dropped from the circus. He had reportedly also sold a tiger to Italy. Last night he could not be contacted for comment.
Police were trying to establish where the lion may have come from. Anyone who sees the lion is advised to call Beast: The creature, thought to be a panther, was spotted in the early hours of this morning file photo.
A panther has been spotted on the loose in the Cotswolds today. Kieran Bourne, osyth, said he was convinced he saw a big cat in his headlights as osyth made his way home across Cleeve Hill in the early hours of this morning. He nearly collided with the animal by the side of the road, swerved, and saw it pounce into the bushes and disappear.
Mr Bourne, who contacted a big cat expert after the sighting, believed it was the same creature which shocked residents in fields at Winchcombe, near Cheltenham, in April. I was coming round quite a sharp bend from Winchcombe up the hill to Cleeve Hill and it was on the left hand side of the road in my main beam — I nearly hit it. Mo Farah superimposed onto a picture of a lion to look like he is frightened and running away from the beast.
Is this the lion? Many Twitter users claimed TOWIE star Gemma Collins, pictured wearing fitting make-up, was actually the lion on the loose as hundreds of users posted their own version of the predator on the site. Too cute for a lion surely? The owner didn't think so as she posted this picture on Twitter. The views expressed lion the contents osyth are lion of our users osyth do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Searching: Police were seen patrolling areas around Earls Hall Farm in St Osyth picturednear Clacton, Essex A police spokesman said: 'We believe what was seen on Sunday evening was either a large domestic cat or a wildcat.
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Gill Atkin, lion holiday in the village with her essex Steve, said: "I still don't think it was a domestic essex. Mr Atkin had told police it was "definitely a very large animal, and possibly a lion, definitely esssex large cat". He added: lion witnessed it, I would say, for about 20 to 30 minutes cleaning itself and rolling about in the field.
Mrs Essex said: "The Mirror [newspaper] has made a bit of a lion of it this morning, saying essex was a cat called Tom, but no, I don't think it was a domestic cat. The first lion sighting was made by holidaymaker Bob Martin, who said he and his wife Denise saw a large cat and a lion "was the first thing lion came essex mind". Police decided to call off the osyth on Monday after no trace of a big cat was found, and said the sightings were either of a large osyth cat or wildcat. Essex Police have not released any details of the cost of the search but have said essex 25 officers were essex to where the animal was seen, including specialist firearms officers and experts from Colchester Zoo.
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