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Police alerted after 'CROCODILE filmed in the River Thames lurking among luxury houseboats'


A dog walker called police after filming a crocodile swimming around luxury houseboats in the River Thames this morning.

He posted the footage on Twitter which he says shows the giant reptile floating around Chelsea Harbour in west London, which is fed by the Thames.

Chris Davies says he filmed the creature just after 8am after he saw two men staring down at it.

He said: "Two guys were looking at it as I walked towards them with my dog.

"One of them works for Chelsea Harbour Estate and said the police had been called.

"It’s not a big one so I was amused more than anything else.

"He’s floating around the Esperance."

"I then walked back past at 8.20am and police had not arrived. Specialist team I suppose."

A Met Police spokeswoman confirmed they had received a report about the animal, but told Mirror Online it wasn't a matter for them.

However, the RSCPA countered this, saying that as it's a dangerous animal it should be dealt with by the police.

Last year a picture which appeared to show a 5-foot-long 'croc' in the Thames sparked terror after it was shared online.

The snap seemed to show the 'mystery beast' apparently sunbathing on a rock at Millwall Outer Docks on the Isle of Dogs, east London.

But all isn't what it seems, as a closer look revealed what the 'monster' really was.

The snap was taken by a city worker known only as Ben on Tuesday and surfaced online where it prompted fears it it might be a real snapper.

However, Judi Sanders, centre manager at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre, explained that the scare was simply a ROPE.

She said: "We have a 100 kids a day coming here a day and our waters are tested independently every other week for quality, so we know there's nothing nasty lurking in there.

"The rope was running free in the dock and one of the staff here found it and put it on there.

"We do, however, have a seal in the dock."

Ben and a pal were taking a stroll around the dock, which is fed by the River Thames, on their lunch break when they spotted what they claimed was the 'croc'.

Local mum-of-three Rita Hunt, 36, said previously: "I saw that Greenwich Greens put the photo on Twitter and I got a bit of a shock - my kids love playing around the docks.

"I don't imagine it's a real crocodile, but I'm not taking the risk - my kids are banned from the area until we know for definite."

In July 2015, a crocodile was apparently seen in Bristol by a horrified resident, sparking a frantic hunt by police.

The terrified local told officers they spotted the beast looking up at them in a river in nearby North Somerset.

In February 2015, a bus driver claimed he saw a crocodile in the River Avon, under the Bedminster Bridge.

And in June 2014, 29-year-old Tamara Blanco, of Southville, Bristol, said she had been jogging close to the Clifton suspension bridge when she saw something lurking in the water.

She said: "I felt scared at the time because the thing - whatever it was - was moving in the water."

"I wanted to stay to see it properly but there was no one around and I just didn't feel comfortable."