Police in Norwich have made an unusual appeal - for people who spotted a panther-like creature roaming close to Norfolk County Council’s headquarters.

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Norwich police took to social media site Twitter today to make the appeal. They said: “We had a report of a large cat, possibly a panther prowling around yesterday near Martineau Lane! Anyone see anything similar?!”

Police said they had received the report from a member of staff at Norwich Camping and Caravan Club in Martineau Lane.

A police spokeswoman said the person who reported the sighting said they had also found a dead Muntjac deer close to the campsite.

She said officers had headed to the site, but had not found anything, so took to Twitter to appeal for other sightings.

It is far from the first alleged sighting of a big cat in Norfolk. There have been more than 80 such calls to Norfolk Constabulary since 2006, including sightings of a puma half a mile away from Tesco in Thetford and a lion “bounding” across a fiel in Toftwood, Dereham.

But on the 10 occasions officers have attended, the reality has not lived up to the account of the 999 caller.

Police were dispatched to a street in Norwich in February 2011 after it was reported a tiger was thought to be lying between two cars in the road.

This call followed a sighting in May 2010 of a “very large striped cat” resembling a tiger sitting in the road in Bradwell in May 2010.

Both “tigers” turned out to be stuffed toys.

• Did you spot the Martineau Lane big cat? Email dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

21 comments

  • Those caravaning peeps must be completely bonkers for holidaying in the month of February, no wonder they're seeing big cats and dead deers....I'll have whatever their drinking down at the C*ck pub.

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    nrg

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Large cat spotted in Norwich, owner cannot find a litter tray large enough on EBAY or any other website :p

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    che bramley

    Sunday, March 3, 2013

  • on saturday 16thg of february about 7pm i was driving back from diss i turned off the roundabout at harford bridges towards tesco i saw a large black panther trot across the road about 50 yards in front of the car in to the field and i have no doubt shape size and long tail it was a panther i emailed the police and 2 web sites for reporting sightings of big cats had no reply from either people think you are mad but i have no doubt of what i saw.

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    gav1961

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • perhaps the panther will swallow up any corruption in the area?

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    HH

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • Finally, hard proof of something that's been rumoured to be true for decades - caravaning affects your mental health!

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    NR3Bob

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • When such groups show pictures of animal carcasses and then make the hypothesis that a big cat did it because of x, y & z; And then fail to show the hard scientific work, clarity with methodical analysis, showing fact and not fantasy, showing no method etc. Having someone jump and run or walk about a field or wood dressed in camo-gear, trying to look professional? Err...alarm bells ring here! Now given that the hair, whisker, pug and scat samples of late that have been tested have indeed came back as not from any feline, but of fox, badger, dog etc. Questions have to be asked even about how so called "experts" or big cat groups and trackers fail to give any evidence with their tripcams? Not one group, no one has shown any fact... Oh I here you shout, they have! Sorry to deflate your ego and balloon, but sadly the big cat myth is just that a big cat load of nonsense. For a better want of this rubbish, it's just a load of utter rubbish and sad as it may be, the only felines we do have in huge demand are those of the domestic variety - check out the Simons test. Check out what Dr Luke Hunter and Dr Graham Law have said as well as the vast majority of real experts. Evidence, where?

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    Paul Paterson

    Saturday, March 2, 2013

  • I do not understand what all the fuss is about.. Isn't that where all the fat cats are!!!

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    canuk

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • I tripped over 4ft tall Furball, so there must be one hell of a big moggy out there somewhere :)

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    che bramley

    Sunday, March 3, 2013

  • Considering the security record at county hall, lucky it wasn't the pink panther.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • This is pseudo hype it has no fact and no credible truth. Such fools try to use ego, hype, big words and "I am an expert" or "I know what I am talking about" rubbish. They say big cats are breeding in the UK; big cats are doing this and that in the UK. - This rubbish angers me, it’s all spin with no fact and all mumbo jumbo, a bit like a Psychic who says they can talk to the dead, who can talk to your dead family, when all along its just one big con.... Stop, think and use common sense. MonsterQuest - Black Beast of Exmoor; season 2, episode 7; This documentry rubbished every part of the cryptozoology big cat groups. The Director of Big Cat Rescue as well as an African Tracker said that there are no big cats. Lab tests fromDNA came back from hair and whisker,sat and pugs all came up as nothing and no feline DNA found. This programme shows that the weird and the daft "experts" or so called pseudo experts such as the imfamous Stroud cat tracker, who make daft claims... No big cats to be found here, move on and find something else. Anyone can call themself a cryptozoologist. It has no meaning, it is a psuedo word. There are no Degrees, no formal qalifications in cryptozoology and anyone can call themself one. Unlike Biologists, Zoologists, these are real sciences. Anyone who says they have seen a big cat and or big cat cubs, sorry but I just don't believe you and neither do the vast majority of professionals and experienced well educated folk. Here are what some real experts said regarding the Helenburgh Big Cat sighting: "But experts have examined the shaky footage and say the animal’s characteristics are typical of a domestic cat. Rob Weaver, a BBC wildlife presenter and film-maker, said it would be very unusual for a big cat to calmly walk around in a public place. “The small, almost dainty steps the creature takes along the rail are not characteristic of a puma, or a similar big cat, which tend to have a far more loping gait,” he said. Dr Luke Hunter, executive director of Panthera, a big-cat charity in New York, also said he was certain the beast was really a plump moggy. He said that big cats such as black panthers do not walk about with upright tails – unlike the animal in the footage. Graham Law, a zoologist at Glasgow University who has worked with leopards for 23 years, also said the animal was more likely to be of the domestic variety. He said: “The video isn’t of a good enough quality to verify exactly what the animal is. A leopard would not confidently walk down a railway line. It would more likely move along the sleepers or stay in heavily forested areas. “People like the idea of believing there’s a mysterious beast roaming around, which is why the sighting may have been hyped up a bit.”

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    Paul Paterson

    Saturday, March 2, 2013

  • They sure it just wasn't yet another cat-fight in county hall?

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    d, west lynn

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • That's nothing, the other day a man with a dog was seen wandering up and down NCC, first he was charged with aggravated racial trespass, then the case was dropped as it showed up the lackadaisical way our public Norfolk Property law offices are run.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • I should point out that it is the Pedantic Battalion.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • I do not understand what all the fuss is about.. Isn't that where all the fat cats are!!!

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    canuk

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • Mysterious dark figure seen lurking around County Hall? I reckon it was Derek Murphy

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    robotsthatcare

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • I don't know - Once a year I put my panther suit on and roam around Norwich and they fall for it every time !!!

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Monday, March 4, 2013

  • Ingo and the Personal Agenda: Chapter 296 In other news, I have it on good authority that the beast in question is Panthra one of the Norwich Thundercats along with Briano and Ginger Tom.

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    Valpy Word

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • There isn't a specific animal called a panther.They are Black Leopards. The word 'panther' is Greek for 'wild beast'

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    Robert West

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • It was Old Shuck!

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    BG

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • I understand there are quite a few cougars in Lakenham, which is but yards away...

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    lockers

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • Knew it wouldnt take long for the EN24 Pedantic Brigade to comment

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

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