A Cornish Easter egg hunt was abandoned today, when a hunter mistook dog poo for hidden chocolate.
Mark Penrose, 39 from Radnor, was taking part in the annual Easter egg hunt at Park Shady Woods, near Redruth, Cornwall when the incident happened, he said “It was the first time I’ve done an egg hunt. I found a couple eggs near the crossing of a river and was having a lovely time. There were lots of families there enjoying the day as well.
I saw a plastic bag on the floor near where I found the two eggs. I picked it up and whacked it in the basket. I didn’t think nothing of it and took my stash back to my car.
I was sat in my car reading the paper and wasn’t paying much attention. I ate the first egg, it was tasty. Then I reached in my basket, pulled out the bag and ripped it open. It was very soft and a little warm. I opened it up and just put it in my mouth. It tasted salty and weird and instantly made me wretch, then I smelt it… poo! I scraped it off my tongue, climbed out the car and threw up in the stream.”
Word quickly spread about Marks mishap and the hunt was called off.
Mark added “Dog owners should take responsibility for their animals when out in public and think of the impact it has on others. It’s lucky the poo wasn’t picked up by a youngster.
A parking meter was taken away for investigation yesterday after it was found to be fake.
The discovery was made by local man, Dave Martin on the coastal road near Hayle. Dave was about to walk his dog when he noticed the meter, he said “I often go for a nice walk along the coastal path and I always park in the same spot, in a lay-by. When I first saw the parking meter, I was a little angry because, I’m local and believe everything in Cornwall should be free for people like me. My plan was to pay the £1 charge, then when I got home, phone Laurence on the radio and complain live on air. I was about to put the money in the machine, when my dog cocked his leg up and took a pee on it. Charlie’s a lovely dog, but he’s getting on a bit now and he often leans his leg against things he’s peeing on! The weight of Charlie toppled the meter onto floor and then four batteries fell out the back. It was so strange. I took a closer look and it looked like someone made the meter out of a plastic box and some stickers. I phoned the council to explain that my dog accidentally broke their meter, but they said, there were no meters in the lay-by along the north coastal road.”
The Council took the meter away for further investigation and warned people to check all parking meters before putting money in them, they said, “Parking meters are all over Cornwall and whether you are a local or not, everyone has to pay. Parking meters are very sturdy and do not contain batteries. If your dog was to pee against it, it would never fall down, unless it had visibly been damaged.”
People have been rushing to the village of Portreath this morning, after thousands of plastic five pound notes washed up onto the beach car park. It is believed the money was dumped from a fishing boat, used by smugglers after they were chased by customs off the north coast of Cornwall.
Hundreds of people have ignored police warnings, not to go looking for the money and have descended onto the car park to scoop up the cash. Barry Davies from Redruth said, “I’ve been here all morning and so far have found £3020, I’m going to book a holiday when I get home! It’s the best day of my life!”
Dave Williams, who lives in the village said, “I was walking my dog at 6am this morning, it was still dark. When I walked into the car park, I could see lots of rubbish all over the floor. I thought the gulls must of been ripping the bins apart again, but when I looked closer the floor was littered with plastic fivers. I didn’t take any, I just rushed back home and phoned the police!”
The police said, “It was a very high tide last night and the water was overflowing onto the road. We think the money was dumped off a boat and the high tide pushed all the money into the car park. We advise people not to look for the money, as taking any would lead to arrest and prosecution. We also advised people to always take care when visiting the coastal areas and to follow all orders from the coast guard.