The Isle of Wight Council today confirmed that it was drafting
in extra police officers in the hunt for a black panther, following a
number of reports by islanders.
In a recent press release, Bob Blake, the Council Health, Safety,
and Tourist Protection officer said, ‘I can confirm that there have
been a number of confirmed sightings of a black panther on the Island.
Usually such reports are taken with a pinch of salt, but this time the
Council are taking the issue very seriously. There have been sightings
of a man walking the streets of Sandown, with what appears to be a
firearm on display, but not pointed at anyone. Islanders who have seen
him have reported that he has been following local police officers in
an apparent ‘monitoring’ capacity. Apparently he is there to ensure
that the police treat his ‘brothers’ appropriately. From this, we
suspect that this man has family on the Island.
Deputy Chief Superintendent Williams, the most senior officer on the
Isle of Wight, told the media, ‘This has certainly come as a surprise,
and I stress that it is a very rare occurrence for a black panther to
be sighted anywhere on the Isle of Wight. At present, we have no
information about where he came from, or what he wants. However, I can
personally confirm that there is no police brutality or murder of black
people, other people of colour, or any oppressed people on the Isle of
Local GP, Dr James Howser, was one of the first people to report the
sighting of the black panther. ‘I found some of his demands unusual,’
said Dr Howser, ‘He was speaking of his ‘Ten Point Program’ and his
demand for free healthcare for all black and oppressed people. I tried
explaining that the NHS worked in the same way on the Isle of Wight as
it did in the rest of the country, but he didn’t seem interested. I did
mention that we have a private hospital in Newport, and he responded to
that with the demand for an end to the robbery by the capitalists of
the Black Community.’
Another islander, Melanie Windett, reported her sighting, ‘He was
chanting ‘The Revolution has co-ome, it's time to pick up the gu-un.
Off the pigs!’ I didn’t really understand what he meant. We don’t have
too many revolutions here. I thought it might have been an advert for
the Seaview Regatta.
The search continues.