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Road Hog Rescue

Local police saved a piglet’s bacon after rescuing him from a busy Coventry road yesterday morning (4 June).

Cars were swerving to miss the plucky piglet in the Canley area prompting calls to the police.

Local officers sent to the rescue ‘spotted’ the little piggy at the junction of Gibbet Hill Road and Kenilworth Road, and managed to bundle him into the footwell of their police car.

PCs Gareth Williams and Simon Seaton named him Oliver, after Oliver Twist, the famous run away orphan!

Oliver was given ‘hogs and kisses’ to calm him down after his frightful ordeal, and was later taken to the RSPCA in Allesley to be looked after and rehomed with an experienced owner.

Local Insp. David Langston said: "Our officers often face a variety of incidents in the course of their duties and regularly deal with more than crime.

“The officers who rescued Oliver, were subsequently dispatched to execute a European arrest warrant for a wanted man - no two jobs are the same, let alone no two days as the famous saying goes!

“Of course, we wish little Oliver all the best for the future."

Oliver the rescue pig
Oliver the rescue piglet

An RSPCA spokesperson said: "We work closely with the emergency services and are always grateful for their help. Oliver will now be cared for by the RSPCA until he is ready to be rehomed with an experienced pig owner."

We’re currently recruiting for officers and staff, so if you fancy a job where you’ll never be ‘boar’-ed, head to our job site and check out our existing vacancies.

REMEMBER: If you need to report an animal related matter, visit our website for advice in the first instance. Animal matters are not always dealt with by the police and you may need to call the council or the RSPCA instead.