All seemed quiet as we left the restaurant on Saturday night but as we looked down the street on the opposite side of the road we could see two men leaning over a motionless body on the pavement.
It wasn't clear whether they were helping him or were responsible for him being there. What was clear was that they appeared to be the worse for drink.
Suddenly one of them, in a curious fancy dress of an American cop set off swiftly up town. As he passed us on the other side of the street I called out.
'You aren't just going to leave him there are you?'
He glared at me and said he was going to get the police. This didn't make sense as the station is a good half mile away.
'Are you sure,' I asked?
More glares and he continued up the street.
There was a taxi driver who had just pulled up so I crossed the road and asked him if he could phone the police. He told me that wasn't in his remit and drove off.
We went to the injured man who was now coming round and clearly had a bashed eye. The other chap was trying to get him up and the victim was struggling against him. I was suggesting it was better to let him lie preferably on his side as it wasn't clear how injured he was.
Neither of them were taking any notice and continued struggling with each other.
It seems there is a community police man around on a Saturday night which the man I challenged must have known about so I was wrong to doubt him. We were very relieved when he returned with
said police man.
Before I had time to apologise he berated me and told me to NEVER question his intent again (or words to that effect.)
I did humbly apologise for doubting him and explained that during this last year there had been a similar happening in Minehead and the victim had died alone in the street. I was afraid that could have happened again.
An ambulance was called, the 'American cop' and I shook hands and as we were leaving- to my astonishment he gave me a hug.
We saw the ambulance arrive as we continued home.
I do regret doubting the chap; it's the sort of happening I'm not very experienced in. My children think I should not get involved.
What do you think?