Mys­tery of the Beast of Brum

Woman catches ‘big cat’ prowl­ing around bins

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A HOME­OWNER be­lieves she has CCTV ev­i­dence of a big cat dubbed the Beast the Birm­ing­ham.

Dawn Paige, 53, be­came sus­pi­cious af­ter find­ing her wheelie bins knocked over.

The teach­ing as­sis­tant checked her se­cu­rity cam­era and was hor­ri­fied by the images.

They show the mys­tery beast prowl­ing by bins in Old­bury, West Mids.

Dawn said: “I saw my bins had been moved and I thought it was kids mess­ing around. I had the shock of my life when I saw that thing come into view [on cam­era]. I was shak­ing.

“At first I thought it must be a big dog, but it moves like a cat. I took the footage into work and asked some of the teach­ers what they thought. They agree it looks like a leop­ard, or a li­on­ess. “I’ve got a lit­tle dog and I’m ter­ri­fied for her safety.” Neigh­bour Rache l Ge­orge, 47, put the images on Face­book in a bid to iden­tify the beast. She said: “There were so many peo­ple wor­ried about what it might be, and thou­sands say­ing they thought it was a big cat. “I wanted to warn peo­ple liv­ing here, es­pe­cially if they have chil­dren. I am par­tic­u­larly scared, I work night shifts.” Dawn has checked with nearby Dud­ley Zoo but it had no miss­ing an­i­mals.

FOOTAGE An­i­mal caught on cam­era

FEAR Dawn Paige & her pet

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