Back from summer vacation and sporting abstractions I am now back ‘in the office’ and straight into nights. I was catching up on current affairs and incidents of interest when I came across this article published by satirical news site ‘NewsThump’.
Unfortunately it caught my sense of humour gland off-guard and the night very nearly ended in a closed door chat with the boss for excessive morale.
Police in Essex investigating reports of a unicorn being spotted in a field have called off the search and admitted that the photo they had received was â€œalmost certainly a goat.â€
The animal was seen near Earl Hall Drive in St Osyth, near Clacton-on-Sea, by a four year old girl on holiday with her parents. Lucy Jones saw a white animal with four legs in the distance, and a unicorn â€œwas the first thing that came to mind.â€
Essex Police said about 25 officers were called to where the animal was seen, including some specially trained in mythology and a slightly strange old man who swears he used to ride unicorns through the forest when he was a boy.
Officers decided to call off the search on Monday after no trace of a mythological, horse-like creature was found.
A police spokesman said: â€œHaving looked again at the photo after our search failed to turn anything up we are now pretty confident that itâ€™s a goat, which will pose no threat to members of the public.â€
Police said their initial lines of enquiry focussed on nearby Colchester Zoo, but there were no reports of a unicorn having escaped.
â€œThe photograph shows an animal in a field. It is a white colour, but the photography is of such poor quality itâ€™s difficult to say with any degree of certainty that itâ€™s a unicorn. And Iâ€™m sure that the horn has been drawn on in crayon,â€ said Anthony Tropeano, Zoological Director of Colchester Zoo who visited the scene.
On Sunday night police had advised residents to stay indoors, but on Monday they said people should â€œgo out and enjoy themselvesâ€ but â€œbe on the lookout for fictional horses with a single large hornâ€
The spokesman said a circus had been in the area recently but added: â€œOfficers have spoken to the circus and confirmed that they do not have an animal missing, nor do they have any unicorns.â€
â€œThey did however say that they had seen a large number of clowns searching a field near where they had been, but they were not associated with the circus.â€
Hope you all had a good summer.