Worcestershire copper investigated “suspicious” moonlight

A police constable has risked embarrassment after launching an investigation into a “suspicious light source” which was later found to be the moon.

The constable was on duty late one evening last month when he spotted a “shining light” glowing over Clent Hills, a range of scenic peaks which rise up more than 1,000ft in Worcestershire.

He radioed his sergeant, telling him he was “off up the hills” to investigate the “suspicious bright light” from ‘over the other side of the hills’.

He warned that as he was “single-crewed” he might require back-up if he found a crime in progress.

The area is known as a hotspot for outdoor sex – and it is believed the officer thought he might catch offenders engaged in sexual activity when he mistook the bright light of the moon for car headlights.

After a 20-minute walk up the hills, however, the red-faced officer radioed his sergeant back, telling him that the ‘light source’ was in actual fact the moon.

The incident is believed to have taken place on August 31, the night of the second full moon of the month – a phenomenon known as a blue moon…

A police source said today: “The officer was a little reluctant to come back on duty the next day.

“He knew he was going to get a ribbing and he’s had pictures of werewolves put on his locker by some of the more unforgiving officers.

Har. He could always emigrate and have a job waiting for him in Murfa, Texas.

Crematorium to help heat swimming pool


Holy smoke!

A council is proposing to save money – and combat global warming – by heating a leisure centre and swimming pool using heat generated by the crematorium next door.

Redditch council in Worcestershire says it can save £14,500 a year by warming its new Abbey Stadium sports centre with heat from the crematorium’s incinerators that would otherwise be lost.

The council, which says it is the first project of its kind in the UK, is holding briefings later this week with faith groups, funeral directors and members of the public to discuss the scheme.

But some local people are concerned. Simon Thomas, of Thomas Brothers funeral directors, said: “I don’t know how comfortable people would feel about the swimming pool being heated due to the death of a loved one, I think it’s a bit strange and eerie.”

Council leader Carole Gandy defended the plans, saying it would save money and energy. “I’d much rather use the energy rather than just see it going out of the chimney and heating the sky. It will make absolutely no difference to the people who are using the crematorium for services…I think it will save the authority money and, in the long-term, save energy which is what we’re all being told we should do.”

Be careful about all that common sense stuff, Ms. Gandy. It will get you in trouble every time.