UPDATE: 'Staff a real credit' to Hamerton Park Zoo after serious incident prompt emergency evacuation

Eyewitnesses have praised staff at Hamerton Park Zoo for their calmess and professionalism after a 'serious incident' led to the evacuation of the ppark and closure today.

Monday, 29th May 2017, 6:18 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:41 pm
Police at Hamerton Park Zoo today. Photo: David Lowndes

Eyewitness Jeff Knott, from Cambridgeshire, said staff had been “a real credit” to the zoo during the evacuation.

The 32-year-old told the Press Association: “We had been in the zoo since about 10.30am and heard/seen nothing until asked to leave about 11.45am.

“Staff were very calm and professional. All visitors around us were leaving in a very calm manner - no running, shouting or anything similar.”

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Police and the air ambulance were called at around 11.15am to reports of what is described as a “serious incident” at Hamerton Zoo Park, Steeple Gidding near Huntingdon.