Police Officer Photographed In Real Life Hot Fuzz Moment With Swan
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Many of us will remember the iconic line from zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead, in which Simon Pegg's Shaun advises everyone just goes to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all this to blow over.
It's relatable stuff, isn't it? We've all been there.
But one copper has recreated a scene from the second movie in Pegg and director Edgar Wright's 'Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy', Hot Fuzz - the one in which PC Nicholas Angel and PC Danny Butterman head out on a super important mission together... to capture an escaped swan.
In a photo, you can see a police community support officer appearing to call for backup, just like in the film.
The PCSOs were caught on camera attempting to catch the bird in Dudley, West Midlands, on Saturday 2 March at 11.45am.
As you'll probably remember, the sight was reminiscent of that hilarious scene from the movie, which also featured an equally belligerent bird.
A passing driver, who captured the amusing moment, said: "I was on my way to do some shopping and I pulled over to take a picture.
"It reminded me of that funny scene on Hot Fuzz."
Just wonder if they were responding to a phone call from a certain Peter Ian Staker (aka P.I. Staker... aka Piss-taker), that simply said: "Morning, the swan's escaped!"
Funnily enough, it turns out such stand-offs between the police and swans aren't as rare as you might think.
Not only did a police officer in Sweden find himself in a similar situation recently, but the same thing also happened in St Ives, Cambridge.
One in custody following road rage, RTC and obstructing the Highway! :joy:Awaiting RSPCA/RSPB attendance. #HotFuzz #NoSwansWereHarmed :thumbsup:#SIKing pic.twitter.com/EPnaFZ5ViT
- Special Constabulary (@CambsCopsSC) September 18, 2017
Police officers in the area had 'arrested' a swan for what they described as 'road rage, an RTC and obstructing the highway'.
They posted the photos using the hashtag #HotFuzz. The tweet finished: "Awaiting RSPCA/RSPB attendance."
The force had been called by a member of the public (not Peter Ian Staker, apparently) who was concerned for the swan on the A1123.
It was feared that the swan may have been hit by a lorry, but later checks by the RSPCA revealed that the bird had shown no signs of injury.
The RSPCA then released the bird in a river, following its capture.