News Plod Catches A Plodder


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Plod catches a plodder
7th October 2019

By Robert Ellis

A giant tortoise has been reunited with its owner after the ‘world’s slowest police chase’.

Herbert managed to escape from his home and stroll for three miles before being found by a member of the public in Bovingdon.

Hertfordshire Police said the tortoise was spotted ‘plodding across the road’.

An officer from the force, known as PC Munn, said it was the first time in 18 years he had dealt with a tortoise. He found the animal being held by a woman when he arrived to ‘stop it wandering off again’.

“It initially had a tracker fitted to its back, but that had been ripped off during its adventure,” he added.

Herbert was taken to Hemel Hempstead police station and looked after by an officer licensed to care for exotic animals, said the BBC News.

The force said the owner was quickly found after it posted about the tortoise’s exploits on social media.