The Shepley Lion
6th November 2011

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Amid all the routine annoyances of modern rail travel - signal delays, ancient rolling stock and broken heaters - few can have been as unexpected as when passengers were forced to remain on a train at Shepley station because of a reporting of a lion.

A woman called the police around 3:30pm on the Sunday afternoon to report having seen a lion on the rail line near Penistone Road. For the next two hours around a dozen police officers combed the area in search of the elusive maned cryptid - going so far as to bring in the police helicopter to aid in the search.

Two more reports were logged: one in the car park of the Cask and Spindle and another from nearby Birdsedge. 

Inspector Carlton Young told reporters: “We’ve had unconfirmed reports of a lion or a lion cub in the area. We’ve had officers looking around. At the moment we’ve had nothing confirmed and we’ve not located anyone who is claiming to have lost an animal.”

National Rail Enquiries Tweeted about the incident: “Passengers are currently unable to alight from trains at Shepley due to reports by police of a lion in the area.”

Sadly, no lion was ever located and by the 8th November police were treating the reports as a hoax.

(see also: The Essex Lion of 2012 for a further example of lion fever)

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Author: Ian Freud   |  Last updated: 28th August 2012 | © Weird Island 2010-2017
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