Bricklayer solves mystery of the Castleford Croc ‘running wild’ in his garden

Castleford can rest easy once again – the mystery has been solved (Picture: MEN Media/Nigel Holroyd)

‘That looks like my garden,’ Nigel Holroyd thought as he woke to the news that a crocodile was on the run in his Yorkshire hometown.

And he was right.

His neighbour Sarah Jayne Ellis had gone to the press with a grainy image of the mysterious beast, now dubbed the ‘Castleford Croc’.

The nurse took the picture of the 4ft ‘reptile’ in Nigel’s garden before going to bed, shattered from her late shift at the hospital.

When it disappeared a few hours later, she assumed it must have been real.

It also fitted with another sighting of a similarly sized ‘crocodile’ at a nearby nature reserve in May last year.

But the good people of Castleford can rest easy once again – the mystery has been solved.

‘It’s just a plastic toy crocodile,’ Nigel told Metro.co.uk.

Nigel Holroyd with his grandson Ronnie and the ‘Castleford Croc’ (Picture: Nigel Holroyd/Metro.co.uk)
No, there is not a crocodile at large in Castleford (Picture: Nigel Holroyd/Metro.co.uk)
Nurse Sarah Jane Ellis took this picture of the ‘Castleford Croc’ in Nigel’s garden (Picture: MEN Media)

‘I left it in the grass to scare off my neighbour’s cat from my garden, but I ended up scaring her.’

The bricklayer said he bought the croc in Florida for his son back in 2000, and the treasured toy has been passed down to his one-year-old grandson Ronnie.

Nigel, 58, admitted the whole family has been in ‘hysterics’ at the story, adding: ‘It’s certainly got out hand.’

He said: ‘I’ll be honest, I don’t think I’ve even spoken to (Sarah) yet.

‘She never came round and said, “Oh, there’s a crocodile in your back garden.”

‘But she was working through the night, so when she came home the crocodile would have been sitting in the grass.

‘When I came home from work I picked it up and put it back in the shed.

‘She probably thought it must have been real when it disappeared.’

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