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  • "I came across a creature which certainly looked like a black panther, it was winter time and snow on the ground the year 2003. I was driving my car along Byley lane in Cheshire and it had gone dark , so had my full beam on my head lights , there were no other cars on the lane. I was on my own. I was approaching a motorway bridge and the creature which appeared to be a black panther was on the grass verge was crouched down, I stopped my car , because thought it may suddenly want to cross the lane , it just kept very still and looked stealthy. I then decided to drive off, I did discuss it with a few folk that evening and following day. I couple I knew who kept free range chickens said the chicken shed was damaged and all chicken were gone, and loads of feather everywhere. There was an injured badger which later passed away nearby on the embankment close to shrubs. I never saw the creature again after that. Did often wonder what happen to it."
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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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