Police are keen to hear from anyone who may be missing a pet monkey
This week in deepest Lincolnshire… is it a squirrell? Is it a monkey? No, it’s just members of the local constabulary managing to trick a newspaper into publishing a police in-joke.
Louth Leader, 13 August 2010 (story):
Monkey spotted running wild near Louth
A POLICEMAN has spotted a monkey running wild near Louth.
PC Paul French, a Neighbour Response Officer from Louth, was on duty travelling along Mill Hill Way in South Cockerington on his way back to Louth Police Station shortly after 11.30am this morning when a monkey ran out into the road in front of the Police car.
“I thought it was a squirrel at first,” explained PC French. “It was a similar size but was dark brown in colour and had a long, straight, upright tail. It paused for a moment standing on its hind legs, looked at me, then scampered off over the hedge”.
Despite searching for the animal, PC French did not get any further sightings of it.
Police are now keen to hear from anyone who may be missing a pet monkey.
I bet they’ll have had a laugh about this back at the station.
The saga rumbles on…
Louth Leader, 25 August 2010 (story):
Second sighting for monkey
THE MYSTERY monkey that was spotted down a quiet country lane in South Cockerington has been spotted again.
This time by another police officer, PC Ian Garrick, who saw the creature in the same location on Sunday August 15.
Police are still appealing for anyone to come forward to report a missing monkey which is described as being a similar size to a squirrel, dark brown in colour and having a long straight upright tail.
This description inexplicably fails to mention that the monkey is only visible to police officers.
Show me the monkey.