After we‘ve taken the kids to school my friend and I like to take our dogs for a long morning walk. One day on our way home, we noticed a man at the top of the street acting rather strangely, every now and then he would let out a really loud whistle, very bizarre indeed!
I was concerned, as a house had been burgled in our area recently, so we decided to stop and watch him for a while. I discreetly, pretended to be messing about with my dog’s lead. All the time this man is still looking and acting very suspiciously and letting out his really loud whistle!
He then started to walk off down our street, still whistling!!
We decided to follow him. As he passed the house that had recently been broken in to, he seemed to take a keen interest and stood outside that particular house for ages, before walking off and, yes you guessed it, still whistling really loudly!
We were now even more suspicious and completely bewildered as to what on earth he was doing, we continued to follow him! As he carried on whistling and roaming the streets, our stress levels were starting to rise and my friend said “right that’s it, I’m going to call the non-emergency number and see what they think about all this!!”.
So here’s the situation… my friend is now on the phone to the police, as we follow a man around the local streets stopping and starting, busy looking around, up and down and randomly whistling!
Even the person who answered the call said ‘madam, you want to report someone for whistling in your street?’
My friend explained that a number of houses had been burgled, and this man had taken interest in a house that had already been burgled and was acting very strange, they seemed to take notice then and told us the next available car would be sent out to us.
In the meantime, we were still following this man, like a scene from Cagney and Lacey (so we like to think!) as he turns on to another street, we then had to start running with the dogs to catch up! Lord knows what we looked like. It was more and more like a Scooby Doo mystery than a Cagney and Lacey scene!
We turned the corner and he was gone! We decided to split up and each take a different street, we met at the end but we could no longer find him. As we contemplated our next move, there it was again, the oh so familiar whistle. We decided to go back to where we started in hope of catching him up.
As we arrived back to our street the intermittent whistling was even louder and before we reached the corner a man on a bike with a florescent jacket cycled by, "THAT’S HIM!" my friend said.
I wasn’t so sure though, as he hadn’t been wearing a hi-vis jacket before and my friend pointed out that he hadn’t been riding a bike before either! She was pretty sure it was him though. So we ran to the end of the road to catch him up and as we do the man started whistling and waving his arms in the air. My friend said ‘oh god, he’s a complete nutter!’
We weren’t expecting what happened next, as a beautiful white dove flew down from the air and landed on the man’s arm.
Our faces must have been priceless. “Oh my god, he was looking for his bird!” we both said.
At that point it must have been pretty obvious that we had been following him, he then cycled over to us, with his dove on his arm and told us he had been looking for her for the past half an hour. So feeling slightly embarrassed but very relieved we chatted with the man about his beautiful dove, before he rode away with the bird on his arm.
We calmly crossed the road, hid behind a hedge and burst out into fits of laughter, before remembering that the police were on their way. Just as we do, you’ve guessed it again, the police car arrives!
The window winds down “Ladies, did you call me?”
Still laughing our heads off, my friend said, “it was him, did you see the man on the bike with the hi-vis jacket and a dove on his arm? It was him.” Trying very hard not to laugh the policeman said, “yes I did, and if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t believe it. I am going to have a word with him as that is strange behaviour.”
After a bit of grovelling and apologies on our part for calling them out, the policeman very diplomatically said, “we do rely on vigilant people like yourselves to give us a call if you see anything suspicious, thank you and I’m going to have a word with the man on the bike.”
Our parting words were “please don’t tell him we called you”, as if he didn’t know already!
The morale of the story is if there is a man in your street whistling very loudly and acting suspicious please check that he is not looking for his pet dove, before you ring the police. Cagney and Lacey we are not, don’t worry we won’t give up the day job just yet!
He’ll forever be the man with the dove from above!