Details are emerging of a curious story regarding the upkeep of a meadow in rural Devon. A local man, Arthur Jackson, had been hired by the council to mow the meadow once a week and on the first week of his employment he carried out the alloted task, accompanied by his dog Spot and taking a bottle of lemon pop for refreshment, as required. On the second week he was seen to be accompanied by another man and on the week following that the two men were joined by a third man. This pattern repeated itself for two months by which time eight men and a dog were seen heading for the meadow with a lawnmower. By this point gossip among the curious locals had spread like wildfire and the police decided that it was time to investigate.
"There were all sorts of wild rumours going round," says local bobby PC Ted Fisher. "People suspected everything from occult ritualistic acts to dubious sexual practices involving multiple participants. Or more as likely both. It was the dog that they were really concerned about. If you want to be having satanic orgies of an afternoon well that's your prerogative but just make sure the dog stays at home. That's the way of thinking round these parts"
However, further investigations proved such suspicions unfounded. "It appears to be nothing more than an elaborate job sharing scheme," explains PC Fisher. "Although as there are currently twenty-three men and a dog all sharing the same job and a single wage there can't much of a financial incentive. Presumably this is why there's only one bottle of pop between the lot of them. I guess they must really like that meadow. Either that or they're just lazy buggers."