A spate of dangling footwear on elevated wires has given rise to fears of a vendetta against tightrope walkers.
Police have confirmed that there have been a growing number of reports relating to shoes hanging from wires, particularly in poor urban areas. Nike sneakers, Caterpillar boots and Primark pumps are among the range of footwear that has been recovered. Now police suspect the possible abduction, murder and disposal of innocent tightrope walkers.
“It is a complete mystery.” explained a Metropolitan Police spokesman “We have answered numerous emergency calls over the past few months from people who have found shoes hanging from wires. But in every case, there is no body, no blood or any other forensic evidence that points to a crime having being committed.”
Police have now warned tightrope walkers to be vigilant and to avoid going into urban areas alone at night.
One tightrope walker from Brighton said, “I’ve been literally walking in fear for the last few months, always looking over my shoulder, which in my job is a real hazard. Something has got to be done to protect us as a minority, it is difficult enough being black and gay without adding this to the list.”
Dormant missing persons files are now being opened to see if there is any connection between the phenomenon and any predilection towards tightrope walking. Police forces are said to be working extremely closely together to unravel the mystery.
The Police spokesman continued. “We have now started to conduct interviews with people in the circus community but, so far, the only thing we have come up with are two missing seals and a human cannon ball.”
British Telecom has set up a reward for anyone coming forward with information which may lead to an arrest or the discovery of splattered remains. In a statement to the media it was disclosed that several BT engineers have been left 'severely traumatised' after coming across dangling shoes.
Primark were unavailable for comment.