A Black Leopard has been reported from Goldfinch Road, West Thamesmead. A man, who did not wish to be named, was awoken at 3:00 am during Saturday 9th August, by a strange screeching sound. Upon peering out out of the curtains he saw a small animal race along the pathway, and then something larger caught his attention, he said: "I saw a black animal rolling on the grass between two trees. I thought to myself, 'Bloody hell! That's the biggest moggy I've ever seen', and then thought, 'It must be a dog'. However, its head was cat-like and its tail was very long. It walked to the left to some bushes and I moved the other curtain but couldn't see it."
The animal the man saw was a black leopard which over the last few years has become known as the beast of Bexley, a creature around 4-5 ft in length. For the last 18 years KENT BIG CAT RESEARCH has collated evidence and eye-witness sightings of large exotic cats in the wilds of Kent, London and Sussex.The Bexley big cat has also been seen at Welling, Erith, Bexleyheath, Belvedere, Bromley, Abbey Wood and towards Dartford.A large puma has been seen in Southwark recently, and each year Neil Arnold receives more than 250 sightings of such animals, and conducts talks on the research. In a few months Neil will be releasing a unique book called MYSTERY ANIMALS OF KENT pertaining to his research into large cats and other strange animals around London and Kent.