Police hunt escaped lion in Essex

A lion at Edinburgh Zoo Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Firearms officers and police helicopters have joined the hunt for a lion that is thought to be roaming loose in Essex.

Residents have been told to stay indoors as search teams worked through the night to track down the large cat, which was spotted in a field by a member of the public last night.

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Essex lion hunt

Police have called off the hunt for a lion reported to be on the loose in Essex