A bull from the west of the city which caused major traffic disruption yesterday has been given a controversial ‘on the run letter’ by Westminster, it has emerged.
The animal was on the loose in the Hannahstown Hill area of west Belfast late yesterday evening bringing traffic to a standstill.
The bull, known locally as Hugh Heifer, lives in an address in the Suffolk Road area.
The 47-year-old father-of-eight calves was apprehended at the scene by the PSNI and taken to Grosvenor Road police station.
However, when officers began interviewing Mr Heifer in relation to the incident, he produced a highly controversial ‘on the run letter’.
Mr Heifer was released without charge around midnight last night.
‘We can confirm that a 47-year-old male was assisting police with their inquiries concerning a road traffic incident in the west of the city but he has since been released without charge’, confirmed a PSNI spokesman.
‘We received reports of a large horned farm animal and a chicken crossing a busy road in the Hannahstown Hill area yesterday evening’.
‘To be honest at first, we thought it was another cock and bull story’.
‘However, when officers arrived on the scene the reports were confirmed as true’.
‘After a good digging, I mean, questioning down the station, it became apparent the bull had an ‘on the run letter’.
The revelation has caused uproar among the PUL community with Arlene Foster branding the situation ‘a total and udder disgrace’.
Mr Heifer has strong links to the Republican mooooooovement and was a former friend of confidant of Freddie Scappaticci, a purported high-level double agent in the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), known by the code name “Stakeknife”.