Family stunned as huge 4-foot crocodile spotted on the loose in garden

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A family were left in shock after they saw a "four-foot crocodile" on the loose in their neighbour's garden in broad daylight.

Sarah Jayne Ellis spotted the scaly beast from her bedroom window and said that it was located not too far from the popular River Aire.

Ms Ellis, who works as a nurse, said she didn't get a chance to investigate further as she'd just done a night shift and needed to sleep.

She said the crocodile was based near Savile Road and had disappeared when she went to have another look a few hours later.

This is the latest sighting of 'Castleford Croc' – which locals have reported seeing a number of times around the Yorkshire area.

Speaking to Yorkshire Live, Sarah said: "I thought 'that's a crocodile'

"I was shutting the blinds in the bedroom when I saw it on the grass. I looked a couple of hours later and it was gone."

Sarah showed the photo to her sister-in-law Kate Ellis Holmes, a deputy headteacher from Huddersfield, who said family members were astounded.

Kate said: "I was just genuinely in disbelief when she was telling the story. When I saw the picture I was in disbelief.

"I thought it was bizarre and a really interesting story.

"It definitely looks like a crocodile."

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Sarah thinks the possible existence of a croc in Castleford needs to be investigated following on from a similar sighting last year, reports Yorkshire Live.

In May last year, Yorkshire wildlife snapper Lee Collings stumbled across a crocodile-like creature during a visit to Fairburn Ings nature reserve.

He said he was unable to get a picture of the large reptile because it was "too fast to photograph" but said he was "confident" in what he saw.

The professional snapper said he was ridiculed about his claim with a man dubbing it the "Cass-ness monster".

But later more people came forward claiming to have seen something at another nearby lake.

One took a video of what they believe is a crocodile submerged in the water at St Aidan's nature reserve at Swillington near Leeds, only a few miles away.

Lee said he had now heard someone had dumped a caiman – a smaller reptile from the crocodile species – which looked more like what he thought he had seen.

Last year Lee said: "I am 46 years old and have been a birdwatcher for over 30 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this, other than a crocodile or alligator.

"It walked like it was rigid. It moved slow, but too fast to photograph it by the time I realised what I thought it was.

"It was 3ft to 4ft in length and about 4ins to 5ins high."

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