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Man charged for walking pig off lead in city centre

We're not telling porkies.

The one-week-old piglet is being hand-reared by the RSPCA (Norfolk Constabulary)

The one-week-old piglet is being hand-reared by the RSPCA (Norfolk Constabulary)

Date - 15th August 2018
By - Sophie Garrod - Police Oracle
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A man is due to appear in court after walking his pet pig around a busy city centre without a leash.

You may think it sounds like hogwash, but the incident happened last Wednesday in Norwich when members of the public squealed on him for being verbally abusive.

Norfolk Police officers attended, however prior to discovering the little pig, one was bitten by the man’s dog which had been running about.

Thomas Murphy-Hankin, 26, of no-fixed address, was arrested following the incident and the pig was taken away by the RSPCA.

He has been charged with a public order offence, having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place and a further offence under section 155 of the Highways Act 1980 of having a pig untethered and loose on a public highway.

He is due to appear at Norwich Magistrates Court on August 31.

Sergeant Mark Shepherd, community sergeant for the Norwich East Safer Neighbourhood Team, took to social media following the incident.

He tweeted: “A male has been remanded in custody after committing a public order offence, having his dogs dangerously out of control and having his pig untethered on #PrinceOfWalesRd #Noriwch #Policing @NorfolkPolice @NorwichPoliceUK #JobLikeNoOther.”

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