Huge ‘beast’ with pointed ears seen prowling in UK village sparking cop search

A big cat, said to look like an African Lynx, has reportedly been spotted prowling near woods in a South Derbyshire village.

Derbyshire Police received a report of the sighting in Ticknall and sent out officers in search of the creature, Staffordshire Live reports.

The caller reported seeing a beast that had a giant body, pointed ears and was dark grey in colour in the centre of the village

The officers, who were less than convinced that the sighting was real, did send out several officers who took part in a 12-hour search for the wild animal but could not find it on Friday, October 29.

A spokesman for the Merica Police Safer Neighbourhood Team, which is an arm of Derbyshire Police, said: "The slinky feline, which was described by the informant as resembling an African lynx was seen near the showground in the heart of the village.

"The cat-like, cunning beast was said to have a giant body, pointed ears and was of a dark grey appearance.

"Officers were briefed that the cat was apparently extremely large and was last seen in the Ticknall area around 7.30 am hours on Friday morning."

The sent several officers from the Safer Neighbourhood team in Swadlincote were despatched to woods in Ticknall close to the location of the sighting to search for the beast.

A police spokesman said, tongue in cheek: "Armed with binoculars and donned in camouflage as well as suitable-for-the-occasion-headwear, the team attempted to tempt the cat out of its hiding place with tasty treats, combined with repetitive calls such as: “Here, Kitty, Kitty.”

"With frustration, after a 12-hour search in dark, dank woodland the only item that was found that resembled an African Lynx was a bottle of Lynx Africa body spray. The offending deodorant can of litter has now been put behind bars and the search for the big cat will continue over the weekend’s shifts.

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"A big thank you to the local community who assisted with the search, especially Ranger Karl from Staunton Harold Reservoir who provided much-needed, warming drinks in the torrential monsoon conditions.

"Clearly this creature has nine lives and we missed it by a whisker.

"On a serious note, if anyone observes a big cat near Ticknall please telephone 101 quoting Incident 312 of 29/10/21."

However, it is not the first time a big cat has been reported being seen in the area.

There have been many reported sightings in the past 15 years, with the last coming earlier this year in Willington.

There have also been reports of big paw prints being found after cattle had smashed down a gate. Similar incidents and alleged sightings have also been recorded in Burton, Buxton, Derbyshire Dales, Burton, Amber Valley and Derby.

There are suggestions that some big cats were released into the wild when the laws on keeping them as pets changed in the 1970s as some owners decided against buying a costly licence that was required to have one.

The theory claims that there may be some that have survived, preying on other smaller wild animals.

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