Video footage of police officers guarding a tiger enclosure at Hamerton Zoo has emerged online.
Hamerton Zoo has been closed since before midday as emergency services – including an air ambulance – attend to the scene.
Posting the footage on Twitter, BBC reporter, Jon Ironmonger, said the footage was taken from a helicopter.
Helicopter pictures of Hamerton Zoo this evening which has been evacuated after the air ambulance was called to a "very serious incident". pic.twitter.com/QzcscSzSOw
— Jon Ironmonger (@JonIronmonger) May 29, 2017
While the details have not yet been confirmed, there was some speculation a tiger had escaped but these were soon put to rest.
Earlier, a zoo spokesperson told UNILAD:
I can confirm no animal has escaped and full details will be sent out in a press release later this afternoon.
And a police spokesperson was reported by The Mirror as saying:
We were called around 11.15am to reports of a serious incident at Hamerton Park.
Officers attended the scene along with ambulance crews and MAGPAS [air ambulance].
More details to follow…