* a collection of stories and memories, in no particular order, from the life and times of John Clarke, who served as a policeman in the Australian Police Force, a great practical joker, he also had a great affinity with people and wildlife, was a champion swimmer, snooker player, loved golf, still loves fishing and is also an artist. I hope you enjoy his recollections - cheers, karin (his daughter)
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It was 'round 1986, at Tweed Heads during the Easter break. At about 3am a call came in that a dog had been run over on the Boyd's Bay Bridge on the Pacific Highway at Chinderah. The sergeant and constable went down and found the dog which had been fairly flattened by the Easter traffic, right on the centre of the Bridge.
The correct procedure is to ring the local council and they remove the remains.
At that time of the morning this would have meant a fair bit of inconvenience for all concerned, police, traffic and the council man.
the Police waited for a break in the traffic, sprinted onto the bridge (no pedestrian way) grabbed the remains and hoiked them over the bridge, down below was a dinghy with two fisherman anchored up with the bloody remains between them.
The Police tiptoed off the bridge and straight back to the Station for a coffee.
Word filtered back later of the two local fishermen who had the big fright.
This story is true but has not bee circulated (until now) due to the embarrassment of those concerned, but I think enough years have gone by now.