The beast of Acton Bridge

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

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

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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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10:21am Fri 20 Dec 13

Spuddle says...

Saw something like that in a field on my cycle to Appleton 2 weeks ago, looked like a huge cat
Saw something like that in a field on my cycle to Appleton 2 weeks ago, looked like a huge cat Spuddle
  • Score: 5

12:37pm Fri 20 Dec 13

jimcub says...

Looks to be photoshopped in my opinion.
Looks to be photoshopped in my opinion. jimcub
  • Score: -1

12:47pm Fri 20 Dec 13

CheshireResident says...

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.
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. CheshireResident
  • Score: 3

12:50pm Fri 20 Dec 13

CheshireResident says...

CheshireResident wrote:
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.
Excuse my paraphrasing. It said "very unlikely".
[quote][p][bold]CheshireResident[/bold] wrote: 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.[/p][/quote]Excuse my paraphrasing. It said "very unlikely". CheshireResident
  • Score: 0

1:24pm Fri 20 Dec 13

forevermore says...

A family member of mine has also seen this a couple of months ago crossing the A49 near the railway bridge next to the weaverham roundabout.
A family member of mine has also seen this a couple of months ago crossing the A49 near the railway bridge next to the weaverham roundabout. forevermore
  • Score: 3

11:41am Mon 23 Dec 13

GOFFY says...

Spuddle said
"Saw something like that in a field on my cycle to Appleton 2 weeks ago"
Well Spuddle the best advice I can give to you is, don't let it ride your cycle.
Spuddle said "Saw something like that in a field on my cycle to Appleton 2 weeks ago" Well Spuddle the best advice I can give to you is, don't let it ride your cycle. GOFFY
  • Score: -1

8:24pm Thu 26 Dec 13

cvbennett says...

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.
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. cvbennett
  • Score: 1

8:22pm Fri 27 Dec 13

AkkyBrakky says...

My daughter referred me to this article a couple of days ago, and I didn't quite believe it. So, my internet search got me to here. Anyway, I have walked past that half sunken boat every night in the dark for about a month. Always a bit scary going along the path at the side of the River Weaver, but it keeps my senses in tune.....

About 2 weeks ago, in the copse area opposite the boat (across the path) in the pitch dark, I heard an animal moving. I'm used to being spooked by the occasional fox, and rabbits, but this followed me for about 5 yards so I flicked on my pen torch and got 2 green eyes about 7 inches from the ground at about 10 metres distance. If I was to guess, the eyes were about the same distance apart as a human's eyes.

I remained calm, but sort of quickened my step and kept checking behind me.

No idea what it was, but perhaps the same creature that has been reported?

I'm not walking that way any more in the dark.........
My daughter referred me to this article a couple of days ago, and I didn't quite believe it. So, my internet search got me to here. Anyway, I have walked past that half sunken boat every night in the dark for about a month. Always a bit scary going along the path at the side of the River Weaver, but it keeps my senses in tune..... About 2 weeks ago, in the copse area opposite the boat (across the path) in the pitch dark, I heard an animal moving. I'm used to being spooked by the occasional fox, and rabbits, but this followed me for about 5 yards so I flicked on my pen torch and got 2 green eyes about 7 inches from the ground at about 10 metres distance. If I was to guess, the eyes were about the same distance apart as a human's eyes. I remained calm, but sort of quickened my step and kept checking behind me. No idea what it was, but perhaps the same creature that has been reported? I'm not walking that way any more in the dark......... AkkyBrakky
  • Score: 7

3:56pm Mon 30 Dec 13

John_Harrison says...

Beware the moon...
...and stick to the road!
Beware the moon... ...and stick to the road! John_Harrison
  • Score: 5

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