Police support officers sparked an animal rescue attempt after spotting a deadly cobra wrapped round the handlebars of one of their bikes.An animal rescue attempt, or a people rescue attempt?
...clearing the area, near Thorpe Bay Yacht Club in Eastern Esplanade, and even called for back up while the police control room contacted poisonous snake expert Iain Newby.Lucky they have him on speed dial. Otherise, they'd have to issue all PCSOs with a PPM (Personal Protective Mongoose)...
Sadly, it turned out not to be a case for the Steve Irwin of Thorpe Bay, and more a case for an opthalmologist:
...as Mr Newby, owner of Dangerous Wild Animal Rescue Facility in Great Wakering, was en route to the incident, police called him back to say the snake was not real.Oh, red faces all round, eh? Well, mindful of his status as go-to snak wrangler for the police, Iain is keen to spare their blushes:
He said: “I grabbed all the kit I would need to protect myself from a venomous snake, including a snake hook and my snake stick, which I need to grab snakes to stop them biting.
“I spotted the officers beside the yacht club boat yard when they said it was a rubber model.”
Despite seeing the funny side, he was full of praise for the action of the PCSOs.They aren't getting that accurate, surely?
He said: “More and more people are keeping things like this as pets, and it’s not impossible for them to get loose. So they did exactly the right thing while they were not sure what they were dealing with, as even rubber snakes are getting more and more accurate.”
One of the PCSOs, Tristan Adams, said: “We will always err on the side of caution when dealing with incidents such as this, which could potentially pose a significant threat to members of the public. It was only a very realistic replica snake, but I’d rather we over-reacted to a false alarm than ignored a real emergency.”I'd rather we didn't have to pay the wages of people quite so utterly dim...