POlICE were on the alert after a 6ft crocodile was reported to be on the run in Bristol.
Nick Gargan, the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police, said the reptile had been spotted under a bridge.
“One of our officers was flagged down by a bus driver today, claiming to have seen a 6ft crocodile under Coronation Bridge. We can’t find it,” he wrote on Twitter on Monday.
When asked by one Twitter user whether there was a crocodile on the loose, Mr Gargan replied: “it may mean precisely that, madam. No need to stay indoors - but you may want to think twice before you go water-skiing.”
A mock crocodile account has since been started on the microblogging site. Chris the Croc - with the Twitter handle @TheBristolCroc - already has more than 450 followers.