Police in Northern Ireland have shared some details of the moment that they had to turn their handcuffs into makeshift ‘fishing rods’ in order to retrieve some evidence that had been discarded by an alleged charity box thief.
In a post shared on the PSNI Foyle Facebook page, a spokesperson for the team said:
‘Somedays policing is pretty easy going, today we got to go fishing on duty!
‘Fishing for evidence that is! You might have seen us this morning in the city centre, we did get a number of funny looks.
‘After receiving a report shortly before 9am that a female was seen on CCTV in Foyleside Shopping Centre stealing an Aware NI charity box, emptying the contents into her bag and dumping the empty charity box outside the old Cinema, Strand Road LPT were on scene within minutes and managed to stop this female before she went into the bus station and arrested her.
‘Unfortunately for us, retrieving the charity box was easier said than done, as you can see from the photo below. We didn’t have a ladder handy on New Market Street but thankfully being fans of MacGyver and keen fishers, we were able to fashion a make shift fishing line from a tape measure and carabiner. (We were pretty proud of that creation if I do say so myself!)
‘Long story short, that’s the collection box and money recovered and one currently in ‘plaice’ at Hotel Strand Road. We’ll get the money back to Aware NI as soon as well can’.
Followers were quick to point out that ‘fishing’ in Northern Ireland is in fact ‘illegal’ without a licence…
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