A brief account here. Interesting in that the witness was not aware of the situation.
Link not working so I'll just copy it from thisistamworth.co.uk
"I AM writing to tell you that on Sunday evening, February 19, my granddaughter and her boyfriend were returning home after visiting friends and as
they came through Dordon at about 5pm my granddaughter was astonished to see in a field what she described as a black panther by its stride and
She said it wasn't a dog or cat.
When I told her about the sightings of wild animals she didn't know because she doesn't read papers – much too busy.
Mrs E Osborne, Tamworth."
"THE COVENTRY panther came close to being killed in a road accident, a driver has reported.
A woman has told the Telegraph how a motorist had to swerve to avoid the big cat in Oxford Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, late at night.
She said a large black creature came from a dense group of trees in the middle of a roundabout by the former site of the Peugeot plant at Ryton.
Pauline Lee, of Earlsdon, was driving behind the car involved in the near-miss and spotted the cat in her headlights.
Her sighting came just a few days after a dog walker spotted a big cat at nearby Ryton Wood.
“I would stake my mortgage on the fact that it was a panther,” Pauline, 66, said. “And the car in front of me nearly hit it.
“I work as a cleaner at Princethorpe College and after 10pm every night I drive down the Oxford Road.
“I was driving along that road and got to the small island where Peugeot used to be.
“Then all of a sudden a panther shot out of the trees in the middle of the roundabout.
“Once he’d avoided the car in front of me I got a good look at him in my headlights.
“It’s whole body turned and he shot straight back into the bushes.”
Notice the usual ignorant, rude and stupid comments. Also notice the opening line, "THE COVENTRY panther..." Intended to give the message one
panther lives here. Accurate reporting would say a panther, the journalist cannot possibly know how many of these elusive animals are in the area or
how far they are likely to travel. This is a tactic we see over and over again, trying to play down the obvious fact that we have a big cat population
Only a fraction of the total number of sightings ever get reported. What I'm trying to demonstrate here is that the numbers of black big cats cannot
possibly be explained by recent escapees and releases. The maths just doesn't add up. Something else or more likely several unknown factors are at
work. We can laugh at the concept of the Rothschild Terror Cat but the suggestion that someone is breeding and releasing hybrids needs to be examined
if only to rule it out.