JUST when you thought it was safe to go outside... ‘the Beast of Shipley’ has been spotted again.
This time, reports of a black ‘panther-like’ creature stalking the countryside around Ilkeston have come to the Advertiser from five miles away in Stanton-by-Dale.
Nurse Amanda Chapman, 30, looked out of her bedroom window earlier this month to see what she thought was a black dog walking along a driveway opposite her house.
When she took a closer look she realised it was moving like a cat in front of Elliot Hire in Littlewell Lane and had a long sweeping tail.
“It was easily three times the size of your average cat,” she explained.
“I was joking with my boyfriend Rob that it could be a panther.
“It was only when I searched on the internet for panthers in Ilkeston that I read that one had been seen in Shipley.
“It really got me thinking.”
Within seconds of spotting it, the ‘cat’ had turned a corner, jumped a wall and was gone.
Since discovering it may well have been a black panther, boyfriend Rob Cheeseman has been a little nervous about returning home from work at the Red House care home late at night, said Amanda.
“He carries a torch with him now so if he sees the beast he can shine it in its face and scare it away,” she said.
The couple have now set up a camera at their home in the hope of catching the beast in action.