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Police alert after 'big cat' sighting
Big cat
Police are waiting to examine a photograph of the creature
Police have stepped up patrols around a Somerset village after a woman spotted a "panther-like" creature.

The woman reported seeing the large cat in a field at Puriton near Bridgwater, Somerset, at about 0900 GMT Sunday morning.

She described the animal, which was black, as the size of a Labrador.

Officers investigating the sighting are waiting to examine a photograph of the creature taken by the woman.

Increased patrols

A spokesman said they were keeping an open mind about the sighting.

"Police are aware and are increasing patrols in the area.

"If we get a lot more sightings in the same area then it would be something we would actively investigate further."

He asked anyone else who spotted a similar creature to contact police.

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