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Clacton: Police call off lion search
The policing operation to find a suspected lion in Clacton has been called off.
Officers have spent almost 24 hours combing the countryside after a group of residents claimed to have seen the animal near Earls Hall Drive in St Osyth.
But the force ended the search at 2pm today after finding no trace of any big cat.
A police spokesman said: "We believe what was seen on Sunday evening was either a large domestic cat or a wildcat.
"Extensive searches have been carried out, areas examined and witnesses spoken to; yet nothing has been found to suggest that a lion was in the area.
"We would like to thank the local community and holidaymakers for their patience and support throughout the past 24 hours as the police and media presence would have been somewhat overwhelming for them.”
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