The ‘Beast of Bolton’ could be back according to a dog walker who spotted a large black cat in Egerton on Tuesday morning.

Robyn Rimmer was out on a dog walk in Egerton at 11.30am when she spotted the cat in a field.

She said: “I was off Cox Green Lane up Dimple Hall Lane, and I was looking down onto the field.

“It was definitely a big cat, it turned and looked at me, but I didn’t want to go down as I had three small dogs.”

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This isn’t the first time that a large black cat has been spotted in Bolton, with a sighting in 2017 in Little Lever and another in 2015 in Farnworth.

The Bolton News: A sighting of the big catA sighting of the big cat (Image: Robyn Rimmer)

Robyn added: “I was with my friend, but he couldn’t see it, I was telling him to look as it was massive and definitely not a normal cat.

“I could tell by the shape of the ears, and I was stood quite far away from it.”

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The first known sighting was back in 2006 when the then head of English at Rumworth School, Anne Wright, said she saw the creature as she looked out of the bedroom window of her home in Spring Meadows, off Radcliffe Road in Darcy Lever.

After three years, the beast was back in 2009, when Peter Wood, of Poulton Avenue, Breightmet, spotted the animal in Leverhulme Park.

Around the same time, Barry Calvert said he spotted it near the Schoenstatt Shrine, in Kearsley.

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In October 2010, Hollands Nurseries worker Barbara Cooke she saw a panther-like animal in a field in Bromley Cross.

Let us know if you have seen the beast of Bolton in the area?