Essex Police are continuing their search for a suspected lion on the loose after holidaymakers sighted a large cat in St Oysth at 7pm last night.
Public safety is our priority which is why we are taking the sighting and all associated evidence seriously. We have an increased police presence in the area which will offer reassurance to local residents, motorists and holidaymakers.
We would encourage people to enjoy the bank holiday Monday, indulging in activities as they want to. For those who wish to take a walk in the countryside surrounding Clacton, then we would just ask them to be extra vigilant and cautious. However, they will probably see us first before they see anything else.
The force also said they were trying to establish where any lion may have originated from.
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.