Police hunt 'puma-sized' cat

Police said the cat was similar in size to a puma

Police are searching a country park after receiving several reports of a "puma-sized'' cat.

Officers said a number of members of the public had reported seeing the black cat in and around a country park in Brentwood, Essex.

A spokeswoman said there had also been a report of a deer being killed.

"We are conducting various area searches,'' said the spokeswoman.

"We would ask anyone who has lost a large cat to get in touch and we will be making the usual inquiries with wildlife parks and so on.''

Police said anyone who saw the animal should not approach it and advised dog walkers to keep their pets on leads.

"We have had reports of large cats in Essex from time to time before,'' added the spokeswoman.

"However, we had a number of reports about this animal.''