- The cygnet caused a flap among shoppers when it wandered into Bath
Police officers had to escort a young swan out of a busy city centre in a hilarious ‘Hot Fuzz’ moment.
The cygnet caused a flap among shoppers when it wandered into the middle of Bath on Sunday afternoon.
Three police officers were called in to move the bird towards the nearby River Avon.
One used a fluorescent police jacket to gently usher the wayward swan towards the river as shoppers pulled out their phones to snap the scene.
The incident was reminiscent of the 2007 comedy movie Hot Fuzz starring Simon Pegg which features an iconic scene in which police officers round up a swan.
A police officer and two community support officers guide a lost swan back to the river near Pulteney bridge in Bath
Locals were baffled as the cygnet was seen strolling past a local cafe
Locals were baffled as the cygnet was seen strolling past a cafe and shops.
Simon Galloway, 59, said: ‘I was just out shopping with my wife and daughter – and we noticed a bit of commotion outside the shop.
‘That was when we saw a cygnet being escorted down the street – presumably down to the river.
‘There were loads of shoppers around, everyone had their phones out, laughing.
‘A few dog walkers seemed quite amused, too.’
The incident was reminiscent of the 2007 comedy movie Hot Fuzz which features an iconic scene in which police officers round up a swan
It took three officers, and a fluorescent jacket, to guide it back to the river
‘Hot Fuzz’ (2007) – Nick Frost as PC Danny Butterman and Simon Pegg as DC Nick Angel chase a swan across a park
The incident drew comparisons with the 2007 film featuring hapless police officers played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Responding to descriptions of a suspect with a ‘long, slender neck’, the movie duo grappled with their own escaped swan in the fictional town of Sandford, supposedly in rural Gloucestershire, before driving it away in their patrol car.
Police were swiftly called to the scene where they found the whining swan and a crowd of concerned locals – who had reportedly wrapped the distressed animal up.
After placing it in the back seat of their car, the officers drove the animal to the vet.
MailOnline has contacted Avon and Somerset Police for comment.