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Carpet Python Caught In King George's Park, Wandsworth By Police

11/08/2015 18:42 BST | Updated 11/08/2015 18:59 BST

Gutsy London police officers have captured a five-foot snake on the loose in a public park.

Metropolitan Police officers were called to King George's Park in Wandsworth, south London, on Monday night where the carpet python was found slithering along the edge of a fence.

In a series of tweets, Superintendent Steve Wallace revealed how a team of three officers snared the "slippery customer" using a secure bag.

He also shared a picture of Pc Faye Castleman posing boldly alongside the black and gold patterned python with its head raised.

He said on Tuesday: "Slippery customer! Pc Castleman attended King George's Park yesterday - reports of large snake on the loose.

"Sgt Wainwright attended with a ballistic bag and handed it Pc Terry who captured the animal - safely delivered to Putney Animal Hospital."

Carpet Pythons are native to Australia, Indonesia and New Guinea.