Man spots big cat between Newhaven and Lewes

Kevin Tully, who believes he saw a big cat

Kevin Tully, who believes he saw a big cat

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A TRAIN passenger saw what he believes was a “puma” type cat.

Kevin Tully was travelling with his wife Amanda Zoe, 49, when he spotted what he believed to be a big cat near Southease railway station, between Newhaven and Lewes. Mr Tully, of Beacon Road, Seaford, said: “There was a big cat quite close to the railway line, nestling in next to a hedge.

“It was circling in the way cats tend to do before they settle down somewhere.

“What was really weird was that it was in a field of sheep.

“The hairs on my neck stood up.

I did try to point it out to my wife but we had already gone past where it was.”

Mr Tully, aged 50, who is a technology teacher, told of the sighting after dog walker Dianne Lonnon came across a “spotty brown coloured cat” in nearby Cantercrow Hill in Denton, near Newhaven. Mrs Lonnon, who has been on safari twice, said she thought the cat looked like a leopard but that details were difficult to remember as she was so scared.

Her sighting was noted by a Sussex Police wildlife officer at the time.

Mr Tully believes he did not see a leopard. He said: “It didn’t look like a leopard, it was sleeker and smaller.

“It looked like a dirty puma to me. It was the size of a puma but it had markings on.

“My wife told me it must have been a big dog, but its movements were definitely those of a cat. I saw it for at least five seconds.”

Mr Tully used to live near Paignton Zoo in Devon.

He added: “I used to go and see the pumas there and funnily enough my brother used to look after one in the days that wild animals could be kept as pets.

“I didn’t report it because I thought people would reckon I was mad.”

Dozens of big cat sightings have been made to Sussex Police over the past decade, including a suspected sighting of a lion.

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7:31am Tue 8 Jul 14

Jules boy says...

Ok, passing by on a train, you saw a big cat - probably just an overweight cat then? I didn't report it because I thought people would reckon I was mad, he did obviously report it - says it all!
Ok, passing by on a train, you saw a big cat - probably just an overweight cat then? I didn't report it because I thought people would reckon I was mad, he did obviously report it - says it all! Jules boy
  • Score: 1

11:20am Tue 8 Jul 14

NathanAdler says...

Do they still sell cans of Stella on board trains???
Do they still sell cans of Stella on board trains??? NathanAdler
  • Score: 13

11:25am Tue 8 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

“I didn’t report it because I thought people would reckon I was mad.”

So how did it appear in The Argus if you didn't report it?
“I didn’t report it because I thought people would reckon I was mad.” So how did it appear in The Argus if you didn't report it? stevo!!
  • Score: 3

10:14pm Tue 8 Jul 14

MasonStorm says...

I wonder what he was smoking.
I wonder what he was smoking. MasonStorm
  • Score: 5

8:54am Wed 9 Jul 14

Juleyanne says...

Whether it was or wasn't, leave it alone to live it's life in peace. It is unlikely to be in the immediate area for long and will be more afraid of humans and I have yet to hear of anyone ever harmed by the so called sighting of any wild cat in the UK. Your average domestic pussycat is far more likely to scratch you playing a game of of chasing the feather! Some people get so hysterical and over the top. With fast diminishing habitat due to rapidly rising human land monopoly, our wildlife are struggling to survive and the least we can do, is leave them alone.
Whether it was or wasn't, leave it alone to live it's life in peace. It is unlikely to be in the immediate area for long and will be more afraid of humans and I have yet to hear of anyone ever harmed by the so called sighting of any wild cat in the UK. Your average domestic pussycat is far more likely to scratch you playing a game of of chasing the feather! Some people get so hysterical and over the top. With fast diminishing habitat due to rapidly rising human land monopoly, our wildlife are struggling to survive and the least we can do, is leave them alone. Juleyanne
  • Score: -4

2:55pm Wed 9 Jul 14

gannicus says...

You don't even have a pic of the suspected puma. Just a posed pic of Mr Tully in the typical Argus "anxious reader" pose. What a pointless story.
You don't even have a pic of the suspected puma. Just a posed pic of Mr Tully in the typical Argus "anxious reader" pose. What a pointless story. gannicus
  • Score: 1

4:16pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Ground Sky Ground Sky says...

Does it prefer Kitty Kat or Felix
Does it prefer Kitty Kat or Felix Ground Sky Ground Sky
  • Score: -2

8:37pm Wed 9 Jul 14

pebble counter says...

I believe him, can't think why anyone wouldn't. Weird comments in this paper sometimes.
I believe him, can't think why anyone wouldn't. Weird comments in this paper sometimes. pebble counter
  • Score: 4

10:18am Mon 14 Jul 14

Njones1991x says...

This was my business studies teacher! Ha
This was my business studies teacher! Ha Njones1991x
  • Score: 1

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