Hamerton Zoo evacuated after 'serious incident'

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Cambridgeshire Police attended the scene along with ambulance crews and MAGPAS (Mid Anglia General Practitioner Accident Service – air ambulance)

A zoo has been evacuated due to what police have called a “serious incident”.

Visitors were led away from Hamerton Zoo Park, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, at about 11:15 BST.

A spokeswoman for the attraction denied claims on social media that a tiger had escaped from its enclosure.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: “We can confirm that no animals have escaped and members of the public are safe.”

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A new tiger enclosure opened at the zoo last summer

She continued: “Officers were called at around 11.15am to reports of a serious incident at Hamerton Zoo Park, Steeple Gidding.

“Officers attended the scene along with ambulance crews and Magpas (Mid Anglia General Practitioner Accident Service – air ambulance).

“We are unable to provide further information at this time.”

A Magpas spokesman said: “At 11:34am today, the air ambulance landed in a public place near Sawtry in Cambridgeshire, after the Magpas enhanced medical team were called to a very serious incident.

“An East of England Ambulance Service paramedic crew and two rapid response vehicles were also in attendance, alongside the police.”

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Hamerton Zoo is based in Cambridgeshire

The zoo said it will remained closed for the day and a full statement will be issued later.

Hamerton Zoo Park includes enclosures for Malaysian tigers, Bengal tigers, cheetahs, wolves, corsac foxes, kangaroos as well as a variety of birds, reptiles and domestic animals.

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