A man has been charged with walking a pig along a busy city street in Norwich - without a lead. His pleas that "this is Norwich, everyone does it, and, anyway, she's my girlfriend," were dismissed by Norwich Constabulary Special Victims' Unit.
Norfolk Police were called to Prince of Wales Road on Wednesday and found the untethered pig "running around", and the man was arrested and later charged with highways and public order offences.
He was charged under Section 155 of the Highways Act 1980 with "having a pig untethered and loose on a public highway", a Norfolk Police SVU spokeswoman confirmed. She also stated that investigations were being made into the possibility that the pig had been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. The pig, who answers to the name of Dolores, was taken away by the RSPCA and the man will appear in court later.
An officer who took a photograph of the pig said he was "lost for words", but that "everyone back at the station is looking forward to a bacon sandwich in the morning".