There has been a reported sighting of a 'big cat' near Thornbury.

An anonymous post on the Spotted in Thornbury Facebook page last week stated: "I am positive I saw a large black cat run across the road in front of my car.

"This was just before I drove through Elberton.

"It was too big to be a normal house cat but everything happened so quickly I couldn’t stop and get a picture."

A photo of a paw print taken in nearby woodland has also been shared with the group.

The report follows a sighting in Oldbury-on-Severn last month, and several others across Gloucestershire in recent years.

In August documentary filmmakers said they believe new photographs prove the existence of big cats in Gloucestershire.

Dr Andrew Hemmings, of the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, says he has identified animal carcasses with tooth imprints on their bones that could only be made by a non-native cat the size of a leopard or puma.

He told The Times he believes there are as many as 500 big cats in Britain.

In a poll of more than 5,000 Gazette readers earlier this year, 88 per cent said they believed big cats were living in Gloucestershire.

Have you seen anything strange in the Thornbury area lately? Let us know in the comments.