‘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.


"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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