I would like your collective thoughts.
5 years ago I got a phone call from the woodman on the estate to say that there had been a deer strike just past his house. This was before I had a pistol so I loaded the .222 into the land rover and the under keeper and off we went. Sure enough the old bill had turned up and together with the crying woman who had hit it and a couple of crying kids stood around it and looked at the very badly injured Roe buck.
I turned up and told the plod who I was. The Roe was now on one of my fields off the road and I walked upto it and had a look. It was obviousely in a very bad way. I took the plod to one side and told him that there was no way it would be saved and said why not move the woman and kids back and let me put it down now. He told me he could not allow me to do it as he had already called the "deer man" who would be here in about 20 mins.
Bearing in mind it was dark and My under keeper could not be seen he came up to the plod and with the rifle on his back rather than leave it in the land rover asked what the problem was to which the plod started shouting to "get that gun out of sight" Rob then muttered something to the tune of "that needs putting down now" and "this is ****in stupid"
The plod then dressed him down and told him he would be arrested if he did not go and sit in the motor.
After plod had done his bit for PR I took him to the side and told him that I understood his problem but the animal was suffering and requested he moved everyone out of the way again to which he told me that he "could not allow it" to which I replied that to my knowledge and as it was now on my land he could not stop me, but I could see that he had got his work cut out and I would not push it and walked back to the truck. After an what I can say was a horribly long wait the "deer man" turned up. The police then moved the people away and it was shot and left.
I then cleared up after they had left.
Am I taking this too hard or was the plod a complete **** as to this day I am anoyed with myself that I was not more forceful or put in a complaint about his conduct.
In conclusion I feel that the plods job was to get the animal put down first and formost and he should have assissted me in doing that rather than pandering to the woman and kids and the WPC who was with him.? In all the deer suffered needlessly for 45 mins.