COPS were scrambled to reports of a terrifying six-foot PANTHER on the loose in a park – only to find it was a stuffed toy.
Officers were notified of an “apex predator” roaming a park in Steyning, West Sussex in the dead of night.
Local police arrived at the scene at around 3am this morning only to find it was a false alarm.
A picture shows the huge stuffed toy lit up in headlights, with its hind legs hanging off the back of the park bench.
Sussex Police said: “Reports of a large apex predator in the Steyning area turned out to be true.
“It may be a stuffed toy, but the attending officers didn’t necessarily know that at first.”
Locals expressed their relief that the find turned out to be a cuddly toy cat.
One Twitter user wrote: “Omg.
“Especially at night when things don’t look how they’re supposed to. Glad it was only a stuffed toy.”