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Runner spots big cat on the prowl
Published 29/06/09



THERE have been two more sightings of big cats in Henley.

They happened on the same evening and just a few hundred yards apart.

Former Leander Club rower and coach Ben Lewis, 30, had set out for a run from his home in Deanfield Road when he came across the animal.

He said: “I had stopped to rest on a wall in Valley Road when the cat came out of the hedge about 70 yards from me.

“It was clearly not a domestic cat. It was about one metre long from its head to the hindquarters and had a tail about the same length.


“It was dark and with a light underbelly and as large as a labrador. It made its way across the playing fields and then pounced on a rabbit before disappearing.”

Two hours later, Richard Bradley was driving back to his home in Gainsborough Crescent when he saw a big cat walk out of an alley alongside the Saracen’s Head pub in Greys Road.

He said: “I stopped the car and at first I thought it was a fox but then realised it was a cat. It was sandy coloured with light markings on its stomach and a long tail.

“It was very large, about the size of a retriever. It kept low to the ground and after staring at the traffic, made its way across the road and on to Makins recreation ground.”

Other recent sightings of big cats have been in Nettlebed and near Highlands Farm in Greys Road.

Published 29/06/09

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