Boa constrictor
An eight foot long Boa constrictor is on the loose in Cumbria

An eight-foot boa constrictor is on the loose on Cumbria. The snake, which is a household pet, went missing from a home in Kells, Whitehaven, Cumbria after escaping while being cleaned on Friday (18 September) .

Police have warned that the boa constrictor, which is known for holding its prey in a lethal grip, should not be approached.

A police spokesman said: "The animal does not pose an immediate risk to the public, however if sighted advice is not to approach it and contact police immediately."

Anyone who sees the snake is asked to contact Cumbria police on 101.