Essex “lion”: 30 police officers, crack marksmen and two helicopters join search

“I heard the Essex lion roar behind my house”: Fear of residents told to stay at home as police launch hunt for “big cat” 30 police officers, marksmen and two helicopters in searchPanicked man running towards family yelled: “It”s a f****** lion!” Family playing backgammon in front room heard very loud roar . Residents of a village where a lion is believed to be on the loose have today spoken of their fear after police launched a huge search for the beast.