Horses, shifty looking detectives and egg-throwing youths keep police officers busy

PUBLISHED: 08:37 17 December 2015 | UPDATED: 08:37 17 December 2015

A man says a woman tried to stab him last night in Wood Lane, Dagenham Picture: Tristan Newkey-Burden

A man says a woman tried to stab him last night in Wood Lane, Dagenham Picture: Tristan Newkey-Burden


“I’d like to report a man walking around Romford with his trousers down.”

This was one of the calls made to Havering Police yesterday. But investigations by officers concluded the man was exposing nothing more than a second pair of trousers, worn underneath.

Police tweeted 35 calls received during one day with the hashtag #MPSHaveringLive.

Suspicious callers, violent altercations and a horse in the road in Rainham were among the calls received.

A Royal Mail employee and a police detective from Romford, were among those who raised concerns – but officers were able to verify the identities of both.

The horse could not be identified but officers promised to “come back should he return & stirrup any more trouble”.

Other calls dealt with by officers including the breaching of an electronic tag curfew in Rainham, reports of a fight in a house in Hornchurch and a burglary in Harold Hill.

Reports of a vehicle parked in Upminster with possible stolen goods inside resulted in the arrest of one man, while a sharp-eyed Rainham resident’s report of a stolen vehicle means it can be returned to its owner.

Reports of youngsters setting fire to a bin in Cranham, playing in the road in Hornchurch and throwing eggs at buses near Roneo Corner, Romford, helped ensure officers were kept busy.

While a report of a stabbing in Hornchurch is believed to have been a hoax.

The Christmas drink drive crackdown added another arrest to its tally after a woman crashed into a Romford shop.

It was not all chasing possible criminals for officers. One of the first calls tweeted was to an elderly lady struggling with her oxygen supply. Officers attended and fixed a problem with tangled pipes before leaving her in the care of carers.

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