THE Beast of Dorset has made another appearance near Crossways.
Pam Massey, of Crossways, and Molly Parkin and her mother Jenny Parkin, of East Dulwich, London, were driving from Bovington to Crossways on a minor road late at night.
Miss Parkin and her mother were visiting their friend on holiday and the group were hoping to spot some deer as they drove slowly down the lanes near Pallington.
What they didn’t expect was to come face-to-face with the Beast of Dorset.
Miss Parkin said she had never heard the stories about the ‘beast’ – an animal resembling a black panther which has been seen across Dorset from Bockhampton to Chickerell and on Ridgeway Hill.
Miss Parkin, 32, said: “We were out looking for deer and I think there was a little hill in front of us as we drove because I didn’t see it until it was right in front of me.
“It looked like a huge black cat.
“It was creeping along the road close to the ground. It looked like a panther.”
She added: “I thought that things can get distorted at night, but it was too big to be a cat.
“We saw a domestic cat further down the road and it was tiny in comparison.
“I thought it was a bit strange and it’s not something you expect to see but then I heard the stories and I had no doubt about what I’d seen.
“It’s very exciting.”
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