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‘Big cat’ spotted in London street – as armed police called

Armed police were sent to an upmarket London street over concerns a big cat was on the loose.

Pictures from a garden in East Finchley show a large cat with spotted markings, with some residents concerned it could be a cheetah or leopard.

The Metropolitan Police said armed officers were sent to Winnington Road – near an area often referred to as "Billionaires' Row" – at around 9pm on Monday.

A resident of the street, Nirmal Sethi, told MailOnline that police came into his garden to look for the animal and that a helicopter was also part of the search.

Police said the cat eventually "made off" from the garden but only after an animal expert had visually assessed the beast.

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"Their conclusion was that the animal was a hybrid, namely a cross-breed of a domestic cat and a Savannah cat," a police statement said.

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