‘Lion’ picture taken by Louth couple that sparked media frenzy

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HERE’S one of the pictures that sent the UK and international media into frenzy on Sunday night.

As reported, Louth couple Steve and Gill Atkin were on holiday in Essex when they and neighbours spotted what they insist was a large cat.

The picture taken by Gill went viral and has since featured in newspapers, online and on television around the world and on Twitter under #EssexLion.

Though some media quarters have dismissed it as a domestic cat, Steve is insistent on what he saw and remains concerned that it is still on the loose around the Clacton on Sea area.

What do you think? Is it a lion, or a similar large cat? Debate is underway on the Leader Facebook page over just what is in the picture, so join in!