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A huge crocodile that evaded capture for ten years has been trapped and removed from an Australian river popular with swimmers and fishermen.

The reptile, which is longer than a Land Rover 110, is among the largest ever caught in the Northern Territory.

It was snared in a trap moored in the spawling Katherine River system, about 250 miles south of Darwin.

Authorities had been hunting the crocodile, known locally as “big fella” and measuring 15ft 5in (4.7 metres) from snout to tail, for a decade, fearing that it posed a serious danger to humans.

“We’ve called it a lot of things over the years because it’s been so hard to catch,” John Burke, a senior wildlife officer, said. “This is the biggest saltwater crocodile…

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