Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…
A 31-year-old man had a wonderful idea of how to evade police after a crime spree in the Isle of Wight.
Having tried — and failed — to steal a car he decided, in the early hours of the morning, to escape from the Hampshire constabulary by jumping into the sea in the small town of Thorness.
At 6.20 a.m. the police called out the Needles Coastguard Rescue team and the Cowes Royal National Lifeboat Institute who went straight into action to try to find the absconding malefactor. In fact, they needn’t have bothered. The hardened criminal gave himself up by leaping out of the water straight into the arms of the waiting police.
Asked why, he responded that he had been scared by a large fish.
Apparently, after floundering in the sea it seems as though he was caught between a rock and a hard plaice.
We thought there was something fishy going on, said a police spokesman, but we’re very pleased with our early morning catch. At least it wasn’t a red herring.
For the record, he was taken to Newport police station and charged with burglary, attempted theft of a vehicle, affray and possession of an offensive weapon.
Luckily, after his encounter with the large fish, he took the bait, ran straight into the fin blue line and will now face the scales of justice!