A spate of dangling footwear on elevated wires has given rise to fears of a vendetta against high-wire artists.
Police have confirmed that there have been a growing number of reports relating to shoes hanging from wires, particularly in 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 wire 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 admit that if any evidence is to be found then it is going to be down to the wire and nothing else. They have also warned high wire enthusiasts to be vigilant and to avoid going into urban areas alone at night.
One high-wire walker from Brighton said, “I’ve been bricking it on the wires for the last few months. I'm always looking over my shoulder now, 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 wire 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 members of the circus community but, so far, the only things 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 any 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.