On 8th August 2009 at approximately 4:00pm the Barrett family walking in woods at Norwood, between Church Road and Auckland Road, observed a five-foot long black animal. The cat emerged from the undergrowth, crossed the path into vegetation and then re-emerged. The animal then headed straight towards the family.
Mrs Barrett immediately grabbed her 2-yr old child, and the family ran off back to Church Road. The incident was reported to local police who went to the area but found no sign of the large cat.
In the past sightings have been reported from Sydenham, Bexley, Bromley, Penge, Carshalton and Croydon.