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Is there a lynx on loose?

PUBLISHED: 15:40 16 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:25 03 July 2010

ON a dark night in October 2006 at about 5.45pm as I proceeded along Hobland Road, 100 yards just past the junction with Sidegate Road heading towards Browston, a cat like creature ran in front of my car, so close I had to break for fear of hitting it.

ON a dark night in October 2006 at about 5.45pm as I proceeded along Hobland Road, 100 yards just past the junction with Sidegate Road heading towards Browston, a cat like creature ran in front of my car, so close I had to break for fear of hitting it.

It was a light golden brown colour with dark stripes and spots and little tufts at the top of its pointed ears. It turned and glared at me as it dashed into the right hand hedge and its eyes flashed a vivid green.

Again in November 2006 I saw the cat at about 6pm in more or less the same spot.

I did fear for my sanity and had wondered if I had experienced a senior moment as I had never heard anyone mention sightings such a creature in the area before.

On June 15, my mother Gladys Brooks, of Browston, was being driven to the James Paget University Hospital at about 6.30am when a very similar cat ran in front of the hospital transport vehicle. The volunteer driver asked her opinion as to what it was. It ran across Sidegate Road from Oaklands Farm. It stopped and looked at them in an opening in the hedge. My mother exclaimed 'look it's a lynx' and again its eyes flashed a vivid green colour.

I wondered if anyone else had seen the lynx? I have heard of big cat sightings in Norfolk but never in Hobland before.

JEAN SAMUELS

Yare Road

Belton


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