Readers report sightings of big black cat and UFO

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THE Whitby coast’s reputation as a hive of activity for the weird and supernatural has been highlighted once more following two unusual sightings in the past few weeks.

On 29 February Caroline Russell, wife of Whitby lifeboat coxswain Mike Russell, said she spotted a large black “creature” at the rear of her Sandsend home.

She said that she was in her back garden with her two Labradors named Dipper and Tig, and her spaniel Harvey.

“It was my dog that flushed it out of next door’s garden.

“It flushed out a pheasant and at the same time it flushed out this black creature.

“Where this had come from and why my dog didn’t chase it I’m not sure – my dog could have been scared of it.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before.”

What Mrs Russell claims to have seen was a cat-like creature, but much larger than your everyday household pet.

She said that the sighting occurred at 2pm in broad daylight and added: “Whatever it was it disappeared.

“It just shot up into the woods and it was jet black.

“If it was a cat we would have heard it hissing but it was really, really quiet.

“It definitely was not a deer, I see too many deer to know that it definitely was not a deer.”

“I’ve heard people talk about them and I’ve heard previously of someone walking through Mulgrave Woods and actually seeing a cat- like creature.

“I walk along the ridge with my dogs and I’ve never seen it before or since.”

A spokesperson for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust said: “Although there are no big cats native to this area of the United Kingdom there are occasional sightings of unexplained animals, so if you see something let us know by emailing sightings@ywt.org.uk

North Yorkshire has a long history of black cat sightings and RAF Fylingdales is even rumoured to be the location of a “Roswell-style” conspiracy, where the carcass of a puma-like creature is stored.

A spokesperson for the North Yorkshire police said: “There’s been various sightings over the years.

“Every summertime, we get a good spate of sightings right across the county, in both forest areas and close to the coast.

“There’s never been any proof though.”

The black cat sighting was followed on 1 March by a Staithes resident, who did not wish to be named, but claimed to have spotted a UFO in the skies above Port Mulgrave.

She said: “I was coming out of Boulby Potash last night and had just pulled up at the junction.

“I saw orange lights going round in a circle and I said to my daughter in the back of the car ‘Blimey that’s a UFO’.

“I did a big U-turn in the middle of the road and it had gone.

“I looked into it and there was a young chap in 2007 who had seen something round about the same place on the second of March.

“This was the first of March, but it was a leap year so it would have actually been the same day.

“It was not an aeroplane and not a helicopter and there were about six big orange lights around it.

“I got a tingle down my spine.”