A big cat was reportedly seen ‘skulking around’ next to the popular Winstones Ice Cream factory.
Mollie Davis, 20, a trainee manager at the ice cream factory on Rodborough Common, was driving her car to work at 1pm on Thursday when she spotted the ‘Labrador-sized’ mystery black-coated beast in broad daylight near the car park next to the parlour.
“It stopped in the road and looked at me in my car,” she said. “I thought it was a dog at first, but then I noticed it had a long tail, and then it came to me and I was quite shocked when it stopped in the road and looked at me.”
Mollie watched the animal run across the road and jump over a high wall.
Previously a disbeliever of big cat sightings, Mollie was startled by what she had witnessed: “When I’ve heard stories about big cats I always thought people were making it up, but now I don’t because I’ve seen one.”
Stroud is believed to be a hotspot of big cat sightings and only last month Stroud Times reported on another case above Culver Hill, Amberley, where a motorist spotted a creature on her drive to Nailsworth.