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Bury St Edmunds father and son believe they have spotted jaguar-type big cat in Marham Park



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A father and son are adamant that they have spotted a big cat and its cub prowling a town's housing estate.

Andrew Hales was out walking his dog with his 14-year-old son on Friday when he stumbled across some very unusual prints in Marham Park, Bury St Edmunds.

Andrew, who lives on the Horringer Court estate, said he instantly knew who the impressions belonged to.

Andrew Hales and his son believe they spotted big cat prints whilst out walking their dog on Friday. Picture: Andrew Hales
Andrew Hales and his son believe they spotted big cat prints whilst out walking their dog on Friday. Picture: Andrew Hales
The father and son said they caught a sighting of the big cat in Marham Park, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Andrew Hales
The father and son said they caught a sighting of the big cat in Marham Park, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Andrew Hales

"It's a big cat," he said. "The prints were nearly as wide as my foot.

"Me and my son followed the paw prints and we think we found where it's sleeping because we saw it duck into some bushes.

"The cub prints actually go a lot closer to the houses, right down to where the kids' playground is.

Andrew believes the cat has a cub and lives at the top of Marham Park. Picture: Mecha Morton
Andrew believes the cat has a cub and lives at the top of Marham Park. Picture: Mecha Morton
Andrew believes the cat is a black leopard or jaguar. Picture: Mecha Morton
Andrew believes the cat is a black leopard or jaguar. Picture: Mecha Morton

"It looks like a black leopard-type jaguar thing that wants to eat you - it doesn't look like a friendly cat."

According to Andrew, the big cats are living at the top of Marham Park and trek down to the pond area at the bottom which can be seen from Mildenhall Road.

Andrew said he wasn't frightened of the big cat, but instead was curious, having always had an interest in tracking prints.

There are prints by the pond area. Picture: Mecha Morton
There are prints by the pond area. Picture: Mecha Morton
Andrew hopes someone can set up a trail cam to capture a picture of the big cat. Picture: Mecha Morton
Andrew hopes someone can set up a trail cam to capture a picture of the big cat. Picture: Mecha Morton
Marham Park in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton
Marham Park in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton

"We simply followed the prints and had an adventure. I've been going back late at night to get a picture.

"If anyone has access to a trail cam I'm pretty certain it would wander in front of it."

Have you seen the big cat? Or have you had any other unusual sightings? Send your story and pictures to tamika.green@iliffepublishing.co.uk