THE Beast of Bexley may have been spotted again reportedly scaring a paddock full of horses.

Over several years there have been scores of sightings around the borough of a panther-like creature.

Neil Arnold, founder of the Kent Big Cat Research Group, said a black creature was seen around two weeks ago in Cold Blow Crescent.

He thinks the animal could have been a black leopard.

An eyewitness saw all the horses in a field behind his house appearing spooked and bunching together.

He then claims a big, black cat with an overly long tail appeared in the field, stopped, then turned around and walked back towards trees and bushes.

Mr Arnold, who has been monitoring big cats for 15 years, receives around 280 reports of sightings every year from across the county.

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