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.
A search for a lion in Essex has been called off, with police believing the rogue animal was most likely to be a "large domestic cat".
Police are responding to reports that a lion was seen in a field near the Essex village of St Osyth. Firearms officers have been deployed.