Big cat spotted creeping through St Albans field

PUBLISHED: 17:34 22 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11 23 May 2017

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Another big feline has been seen creeping and prowling through St Albans fields this week, the latest account from a string of eyewitnesses who have sworn the Hertfordshire beast is genuine.

Sharon Smith, 53, was stuck in Hatfield Road traffic on Friday evening at about 6.30pm, when she glanced out the window and saw something moving in the field by the thoroughfare.

She said it was big, sleek, cream, and moving towards the car.

Doing a double-take, Sharon tried to alert her partner - but he was driving and concentrating on the road.

She said: “I could see its back and it was creeping along and I thought, ‘that doesn’t look like anything I have seen before’.

“It wasn’t a fox, it was much bigger than a cat. I was just racking my brain, I thought, ‘what the heck is that?’.

“It was a very pale cream colour, it looked like it was creeping along like a domestic cat would to find a bird.”
Sharon could see the top of its head and the slope of its back.

“It didn’t seem like it was dangerous, I didn’t feel threatened, I was just fascinated, I wanted to get closer.

“I would love to know what it was.”

In January this year two staff members at Oaklands College in St Albans saw a large “sandy-coloured” cat with a long tail in the same place - on the campus on Hatfield Road.

There have been a plethora of other sightings in St Albans and the surrounding area - four years ago huge scratch marks were found on a tree after a walker saw an “absolutely huge” animal near Welwyn, a big black cat was spotted near Luton Airport in October last year, and in March 2017 a driver thought he saw a panther bounding through fields in Wheathampstead.

Most recently, a dog-walker found the mutilated corpse of a muntjac deer in Wheathampstead. She believes the injuries was too savage to have been done by a small animal or a car on the road.

A Freedom of Information request from the Herts Advertiser revealed Herts Police have received about 30 big cats reports in the last five years.They advise a safe distance is kept from animals and any sightings are reported on 101.

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