Boston Road, in the field adjacent the sewage works on the outskirts
the footage was taken
Chris Mullins, Brian Murphy and Terry Dye who had just joined us
that evening about an hour earlier were actually sat in the home
of Sandy & Julie Richardson who recently took the footage of
the large cat in the caravan in Hemingsby, Lincolnshire.
phone rang at 22.10hrs and she answered it to a very excited person
who had just seen a very large black cat on the outskirts of Horncastle
at around 22.00hrs. She described as big as a fully grown Labrador
with a long sweeping 'S' shaped tail.
four of us decided to go and have a look for ourselves straight
away. I got in the passenger seat with Terry and Chris drove his
car with Brian, we had communication between the two cars via walkie
a couple of wrong turnings we finally managed to find the right
road and the sewage works, having passed the works we turned in
a lane. As Terry negotiated his three-point turn the headlights
hit a very large black cat running across the field towards tree's
against the sewage work's fence. I shouted for Brian and Chris who
was in the car behind, and who for some reason shot on up the road
towards the sewage work's gates?
cat was about as large as a fully grown Alsatian, I personally didn't
see the tail. I agree with Terry when he said "black almost
fluffy or long coat. No other details were seen, although I think
the distance we were away from the cat was a fair bit further then
20ft, my estimation was maybe three times that distance.
Fraser from the Scottish Big Cats Society
no time and actually jumped out of Terry's car and into the field
after this big black cat, I wanted to know what it was and after
15 years of investigating other people's sightings, this was my
chance. I ran down the side of the tree's and bushes were the cat
was last seen heading. I stopped half way down the field thinking
that the animal must have gone away out of view by now. I turned
round and the torch beam caught two dull green / yellowy eyes belonging
to the cat that was sat on it haunches looking at me. I half thought
it was an amused or bemused look, but quickly brushed that aside.
It was about 15 -20ft away obscured by foliage as the eyes peered
out at me. At that point Brian came on the radio asking what's happening.
I calmly told him that the cat was sat watching me at a spitting
distance away, I don't think he realised what he was saying but
after a few expletives he got the message. The cat was about 2 and
a half feet high at this point and seemed to have lost its rough
look and appeared sleek, calm and knowing!
(some say foolishly, but I knew this was no leopard) walked towards
it in an arc, straying a little further out into the field so I
would not come too close. But on my walk down I must have passed
it at a distance of 2ft when it stopped to watch me. The cat must
have ducked down and slinked away under the fence into the sewage
works, because it was there and then in the next instant it wasn't.
But my attention was distracted by the noise of the walkie talkie
and it could have made its escape in one of those moments.
lost it and I returned to the cars and my three comrade in arm's
who never once ventured off the roadside! We scoured the area for
another 15 minutes and then returned to the scene of the sighting.
Again on my own I went into the field to look for any tracks the
cat may have left behind, but in the darkness on my own I found
nothing. We then returned to Hemingsby and the hospitality of Sandy
next day having returned home we learned that video footage had
been taken a couple of hours earlier in the same area outside of
Horncastle, at this point I know nothing of the footage or what
it shows. This cat certainly was busy this evening showing itself
at least three times that we know of. But as Chris Mullins pointed
out it was bin night, no wheelie bins in the area just black bags.
Hundreds of them lined along the roads and street's!
was it I saw, I do not really know, I know it wasn't a leopard or
a puma but I believe I saw the cat locals dub the 'panther of the
Wolds' or the Lindsey leopard' and I also believe that this was
no mutant domestic or feral cat either.Its the second time we have
been in the area and it will not be the last, its certainly interesting
and a hotbed of activity for this mystery feline and it needs further
investigation. My appetite has been whet!
a postscript: although we had been walking round all week with cameras,
video cameras etc, when I saw that cat I never once thought of a
camera or a photo, it never even entered my head!!!
yes Sandy........it is those eyes:)
all, Yes I am the man with the slogan "Take care and take a
camera" but on Wednesday after the tip off by phone we had
passed the Sewage Works that was the sighting map point and were
thinking of going back to see if anything was lurking. I attempted
a 3 point turn in the road. It was a main (If small) road and as
I turned 90 degrees we saw a Big Black Cat in the field not 20 feet
away in the headlights. As it moved away Mark (Fearlessly?) jumped
out and went after it along by some trees next to the Sewage works.
I straightened up the car and joined him along with Chris Mullins
and Brian Murphy who had also "Parked" on the roadside.
(There were a few cars belting up the road every now and again so
we had to be careful) The ground was just dirt and flat but we saw
no prints on the hard earth.
the meantime Mark was now way down the field in the dark searching
for it. Apparently he had walked past it and it was behind him.
We lost it then and we all decided to go round the other side of
the works. We went into the driveway but could go no further due
to the fence and barbed wire on top.
returning to the original sighting we found a lane nearly opposite
where we again parked. Mark was off into the darkness again with
my 2mill candles torch. (His battery was flat). By now it was about
, I think, approaching 2300 to midnight ish.
was no opportunity for a photo to stand any chance of getting anything
in the dark and anyway as the man said I had my hands full of steering
wheel at the crucial moment.
hindsight looking at the roadside there was NO ditch so I could
have driven straight at it over the field and chased it but we didn't
know this at the moment of sighting.
will be a next time. We must get more prepared.
marks to Mark for trying so hard and bravely.
opinion of the cat is that it looked just like the cat in the caravan.
It was just like a domestic cat. Black almost fluffy or long coat
but as big as an Alsatian dog. And we saw it live at about 20 feet
so it was not the camera lying or a bad photo. It was definitely
a BIG BLACK CAT.