Residents advised to stay indoors after 'lion' sighting

Residents living in the St Osyth area of Essex are being advised to stay indoors after police received reports of a lion being seen in a field.

The large cat was seen in fields off Earls Hall Drive in St Oysth, near Clacton, just before 7pm this evening.

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Essex lion 'is a ginger tomcat'

Essex Police have called off a search for a lion reportedly on the loose and suggested it was more likely to be a large domestic cat or wildcat. The Daily Mirror reports it could be a ginger tomcat called Tom that lives near to the original sighting.