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  • "I'm not so sure I agree with the statement of it being "highly unlikely". Perhaps 'unlikely' would be more appropriate.

    Remember, back in the 70's a new law was brought into government to stop people from owning exotic pets in the UK. Many people released these animals into the wild.

    Large cats are predominantly solitary and territorial creatures. If said cats were to breed freely, then eventually territorial expansion would have to occur. In essence, along with frequent reports in the UK over the last 40 years could mean that this case may have some truth behind it.

    The fact that most people now carry cameras on their phones means that we should now be able to prove their existence. Untill we attain this evidence, the term 'unlikely' will have to do."
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The beast of Acton Bridge

Northwich Guardian: The beast is expected to look something like this (file picture) The beast is expected to look something like this (file picture)

HAVE you seen the beast of Acton Bridge?

A reader alerted the Guardian to sightings of a black, big cat-like creature prowling close to the River Weaver.

The Acton Bridge resident believes a dog has recently gone missing in the area and other local animals have been injured.

The concerned resident wrote to Guardian and said: “My father-in-law insists that he has twice seen a large black panther like cat prowling near the boat wreck at the locks near Acton Bridge.

“He has spoken to a local man who says that a dog has recently gone missing and other animals have been attacked.”

However, Nadine Pengilly, RSPCA inspector for the area, believes a panther strolling the countryside around Acton Bridge is very unlikely.

“I doubt it very much," she said. "If there was a panther it would kill all the cows and livestock down there.

“You do get some larger cats that could’ve been mistaken for a panther or big cat.

“I can’t for one minute believe that there’s a panther, I think it was probably just a big cat as otherwise there’d be a lot more damage.

"We do have lots of black cats though if anyone wants to adopt one!”

If you have witnessed any unusual goings-on, or seen what you believe to be the beast of Acton Bridge, then leave your comments below.


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