Callous road-line painters desecrate hedgehog corpse

August 13, 2010

Hartlepool residents have encountered one of the most horrifying acts of animal defilement yet witnessed in this land. Contractors hurriedly painting double-yellow lines failed to dislodge the crushed remains of — and I struggle to write this — a hedgehog, instead choosing to entomb the unfortunate beast in their sickly daubings, The Guardian reports.

Mercifully, the incident was “the only one reported” to the council during the road painting scheme.

Hartlepool has form with regard to the mistreatment of beasts; during the Napoleonic wars, the townsfolk hanged a monkey as one of Boney’s spies following a show trial on the beach.