March 25th, 2009

TV Crimes

Posted in The Job - General by 200

If you’re waiting at home for the third day because your local police haven’t gotten round to you yet to take a report that you were beaten up on Saturday night, it might be because we are busy investigating allegations such as this.

Jonathan Ross, on his TV show two weeks ago showed a cute photo of a dormouse sleeping on a flower. He cracked a joke about an animal sanctuary waking it during it’s hibernation, in order to take the pic. It’s an offence to interfere with certain species of wildlife in the UK.

A viewer complained to Avon & Somerset Police who sent out an officer to deal with the allegation in an investigation into whether the Wildlife & Countryside Act had been breached.

It hadn’t. Thankfully, the animal rights of little Dozey the Dormouse hadn’t been trodden over. A spokesman for the Secret World Wuildlife Rescue Centre in Somerset confirmed the police had visited & suggested that around eight hours of police time had been wasted on the complaint. He said, “We rescue dormice and work with experts to care for them. I think people meant well but they should have rung up and got the whole story first instead of getting in touch with the police.”

Indeed.

They’ll be complaining to police about the behaviour of the occupants of the Big Brother house next.

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4 comments

  1. Noddy says:

    Was the complaint anonymouse?

    I’ll get my stabbie.

    March 26th, 2009 at 09:33

  2. Tony F says:

    A dormouse wrapped in flour?

    Sounds like a the makings of a pie….

    March 26th, 2009 at 19:48

  3. Stonehead says:

    It’s not just the police that get this sort of time-wasting complaint. In the past five years, our croft has been investigated by Animal Health (twice), the Animal Welfare officer (twice), Environmental Health (three times), Planning (once) and the SSPCA (once). All the investigations were made because of anonymous allegations. All the allegations were unfounded. But, the inspectors tell us they have to investigate each complaint fully, on a case by case basis.

    It takes up hours of their time and ours, and it’s on top of the regular inspections that we have from these departments and others.

    The system is increasingly turning into a British form of the Stasi, where’s it’s all too easy to denounce your neighbours to the authorities and make their life hell.

    March 27th, 2009 at 09:59

  4. Berdoo da says:

    Of course, the public responds to the killing of animals very strongly. There have been a number of cases here in the US where a dog was killed and it turned into a huge brouhaha, and I couldn’t help but wonder why the killing of a person doesn’t draw the same interest.

    March 29th, 2009 at 08:11

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