More sightings of the roving black beast

A fresh sighting of a mysterious black beast and a mutilated deer could be yet more evidence of a big cat thought to be prowling around Norfolk.Jill Nobbs saw a large, dark coloured animal in the field at the bottom of her garden in Blofield on Wednesday.

FRESH sightings of a mysterious black beast and the discovery of a mutilated deer this week added more credibility to the stories of a big black cat prowling Norfolk.

The new evidence came after various of tales of a mysterious panther-like black animal being spotted in north Norfolk and close to Norwich, north and east of the city boundary.

The mutilated deer was found by two teenagers, 18-year-old Diana Turner and a friend, as they walked along Weavers Way near Stepping Stone Lane just outside Stalham.

The teenagers took a photograph of the carcase which they later showed to Barrie Slater, the father of Miss Turner's boyfriend.

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Mr Slater said they had struggled to think of anything else that could have caused the damage - other than a large, and perhaps feral, dog. He said: "There is nothing around big enough to do that much damage. It appears to have had its neck broken which is the sort of thing big cats do. It's an enormous bite."

Mr Slater contacted the News about the deer after seeing newspaper photographs of huge scratches supposedly left by a big cat on a tree near North Walsham on Sunday.

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Jill Nobbs saw a large, dark coloured animal in the field at the bottom of her garden in Blofield.

She said: "The creature was about the size of a Labrador but longer and thinner and it ran extremely quickly.

"There were no signs of anyone walking a dog. I believe it was a wild animal, probably a puma."

She added that the animal was chasing something red - possibly a fox or a small deer.

Shaun Baxter, a househusband from Bowthorpe, near Norwich, said he saw the "black panther" leaving his mark while out shooting rabbits in a field off Bacton Road between North Walsham and Edingthorpe.

If you spot the mysterious beast contact associate editor Ivor Harvey on 01603 772461 or email ivor.harvey@

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