A Fine Act
A stranger stepped in to pay an £80 fine on behalf of a man who was returning a dog he had found wandering around back to the owner. Enter Good Samaritan No.1. 37 year old Marc Harrison who came across Bobby the terrier all alone and lost. Eager to reunite the owner with his missing best friend, Marc rang the number on the dog’s collar and arranged a rendez vous to hand Bobby over. At the appointed hour at the chosen location, a playing field in Heysham, Lancs, Marc and Bobby arrived to execute the handover. They got there before Bobby’s owner, 72 year old Robert Claxton, and within minutes they were approached by a warden of the park who promptly slapped the NHS nursing assistant with a ticket. For the park has a strict no dog policy. The warden did not allow Marc to explain that the only reason they were there was to make it easy for Mr Claxton to collect Bobby. The warden was not for turning. Enter Good Samaritan No.2. Vanessa, a 61 year old retired mental health worker, who was so shocked to hear of the treatment doled out to Marc for his good deed that she decided to settle his fine on his behalf. Two happy ending stories for the price of one.