Large snake on the loose in Honiton as police issue warning

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A large non-native snake has been spotted on the loose in Honiton. Police are urging people to stay alert while walking, especially with their dogs, in the area.

The snake was reportedly seen in the Northcote Hill area yesterday (Tuesday, June 25) and local police officers were called. However, it was not found and the type of snake has not been identified.

Police are now urging anyone who sees it to call 999. People are also advised to try and monitor its location from a distance rather than approach it.

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Rural East Devon Police said in a post on Facebook: "Police have received a further report of a large non-native snake in the Northcote Hill area of Honiton on Tuesday 25 June. Police and officers from East Devon District Council attended but the snake was not found. The type of snake has not been identified.

"We are asking that people stay alert when in the area especially those walking their dogs and those who have outdoor pets. If anyone sees a large non-native snake, please call 999 and try to monitor its location from a distance.

"We are aware of a previous report of a non-native snake being found in the area. Without the right environment, non-native snakes are at risk and may not survive.

"We are continuing to appeal for any information in relation to this, please use the online reporting tool or 101 quoting occurrence 50240146418."