Police in England were on the alert today after a 1.83m crocodile was reported to be on the run.

Nick Gargan, the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police, said the reptile had been spotted under a bridge in Bristol.

"One of our officers was flagged down by a bus driver today, claiming to have seen a 6-foot crocodile under Coronation Bridge. We can't find it," he wrote on Twitter.

A mock account for the crocodile has since been started on the microblogging site.

Chris the Croc has already snapped up hundreds of followers.