What is the Beast of Green Drive?

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COULD a fearsome beast be prowling around Green Drive, could it be a frightened, small deer...or could it be a lost greyhound?

Since the Express revealed last week that a number of people had seen a creature of unidentifiable origin near the popular walk, more details have emerged - as well as a new sighting in a new area.

Theories have also been put forward as to exactly what the beast is.

Hundreds of people descended onto Green Drive in a bid to catch a glimpse of the creature.

Cars could be seen parked along Mythop Road, Saltcotes Road, and Ballam Road as walkers strove to get a look at the beast.

But no new sightings have been reported since last week.

Express reader Sandra Sturrock was grateful for the story of the Beast of Green Drive - because she too has seen something. She wrote: Last Thursday, about 11 pm, when I was out walking on the dunes opposite the King Edward and Queen Mary School, I caught sight of something large - Collie size I thought - light coloured, with sticking up ears. It was sitting high on one of the dunes, watching me and my dog. I stood still for several minutes, desperately trying to adjust my eyes to see it more clearly – but unfortunately, there was no moonlight that night.

I lived in the Cheshire countryside for 10 years and frequently saw foxes, badgers and the odd deer. This animal was bigger than a fox and didn't behave like any fox I've ever seen – they usually disappear quite quickly and don't sit there watching you. We've lived here five and a half years and I walk my dog three times a day on these dunes and have never seen anything like this before.

I called my dog and put him on the lead and slowly inched my way towards the animal to try to get a better look, but he stood up and ran off. I climbed up the dune to the place where he had been and my dog went mad sniffing all around the area and tried to make off after the animal. However, I was sufficiently spooked not to want to follow and decided to get back down to the well lit streets again."

Sandra said that her husband and son 'nodded in the right places and probably thought I was seeing things', but the report on the Beast of Green Drive has corroborated her story.