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Bristol police hunt for crocodile under bridge

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image captionCrocodiles tend to congregate in the rivers and swamps of Africa and Australia

Police were called out to search for a 6ft (1.8m) crocodile reportedly seen on the loose in Bristol.

Avon and Somerset Police Chief Constable Nick Gargan said on Twitter that a bus driver had alerted police about the animal earlier.

"One of our officers was flagged down by a bus driver today, claiming to have seen a 6ft crocodile... We can't find it," he said.

A police spokesman confirmed officers had been sent to look for the creature.

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image captionChief Constable Nick Gargan revealed the crocodile hunt on Twitter

The force did not reveal details of the extent of the search - or indicate how seriously they were taking the sighting.

"We were called at 10:28am on Monday, February 3, to reports of a crocodile sighted on Bedminster Bridge," the spokesman said.

"We carried out a search of the area but found no trace of the reptile."

A previous sighting of a crocodile in British waters - reported in the English Channel - turned out to be a piece of wood.

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