A British policeman found himself in a real-life Hot Fuzz situation when he was summoned to help catch a swan that had landed on a busy road near Reading. Police Constable Jamie Payne swooped in when the bird was spotted on the A33 near Reading, the BBC reported today. After winging his way to the busy A-road, the roads unit officer pursued the "elusive swan" on foot - in scenes reminiscent of the 2007 comedy starring Simon Pegg. The Thames Valley Police unit said the feathered fugitive, which they named Sam, was handed over to a charity. It was Payne's first job since he completed a Traffic Pursuit and Containment Course (TPAC), it added. Though it seems the officer was already a swan pursuit specialist, as it later emerged he had rescued another one last April. In Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play two mismatched police officers in a sleepy rural village.
Throughout the film, the pair are seen haplessly pursuing a swan which repeatedly escapes their grasp. In a follow-up tweet, Payne's unit mentioned a meeting with Pegg, during which the actor said he was tagged in "many" swan posts since starring in the film, the report said.
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