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Police call off Essex 'lion' search

27 August 2012 Last updated at 18:20 BST

Police investigating reports of a lion being spotted in a field in Essex have called off the search.

The animal was seen near Earl Hall Drive in St Osyth, near Clacton-on-Sea, by holidaymaker Bob Martin at about 19:00 BST on Sunday.

Police officers decided to call off the search on Monday after no trace of a big cat was found.

A police spokesman said: "We believe what was seen on Sunday evening was either a large domestic cat or a wildcat."

Jonathan Blake reports.