A dog owner has told of his ordeal at the hands of the big cat dubbed the Beast of Bevendean.

Bill Batchelor, of Bodiam Avenue, Bevendean, said he has seen the wild animal on three occasions.

And he described the moment when the sharp-toothed cat pounced on his pet dog as he was out walking.

But Mr Batchelor said the mysterious animal he encountered was not black as some residents have reported, but a sandy colour with a grey muzzle.

A spokeswoman for Sussex Police confirmed that an officer had attended the scene and had passed on information about the sighting to a wildlife group.

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