Devon crocodile actually plastic

21 August 2019, 16:00 | Updated: 21 August 2019, 16:07

The alleged crocodile

A toy plastic crocodile has caused a bit of stir in Devon.

This all began after a picture of the alleged reptile was posted on the Spotted Kingsbridge page on Facebook.

The post, accompanied with a picture, read: "Little crocodile seen at Woodleigh whilst walking the dogs".

Devon and Cornwall Police responded to the scene on Wednesday morning, only to discover it was in fact a plastic toy.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Police were notified at around 9am this morning to reports of what looked like a crocodile in a swamp in Loddiswell, Kingsbridge.

"Officers attended the scene and it later expired that this was a plastic crocodile."

The force has experience of tackling toy crocodiles.

In October 2014, police and wildlife experts were called to a garden in Plymouth after reports of a crocodile.

A team from Dartmoor Zoo attended the scene with snare poles, nets and riot shields - only to discover that the crocodile was an inflatable.