‘Jaguar’ filmed roaming Derbyshire woodland by shocked workman

A man claims he has captured a jaguar on camera after spotting the beast in isolated woodland in Derbyshire.

Jack Bryan was at work when he was able to snatch a few seconds of footage before the animal disappeared.

The water company technician claims the big black cat stared at him before it wandered off at the spot in Grindleford last Tuesday.

He says he had "never seen anything like it".

Local reports suggest Derbyshire Police has received more than a dozen calls since 2007 from shocked residents claiming to have seen a large cat of a similar description.

Describing the encounter with the ‘Grindleford Growler’, Jack, 28, said: "It was the size of a large dog, but jet black and cat-like with a long winding tail.

"I was in Grindleford, not far away from the train station.

"I was clearing the roof of an old sewage building in an isolated bit of woodland.

"I was loading our equipment away and I looked down the bank in the woodland area around ten or so metres away and I saw it crawling up the woodland up the hill.

"I shot round the corner of the building in shock. I tried to get my colleagues attention without making any noise.

"Luckily, I got my phone out and tried to catch it on camera and managed to get it from quite a distance."

He added: "I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life, in the wild anyway."

In 2017, a man reported seeing a ‘black panther’ while driving down the A38 near Egginton and Stretton on the boarder between Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

Two years earlier, similar footage had emerged of what was thought to be a jaguar in a field near Bretby.

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