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Friday, May 20, 2011

Man took pony to pub and hospital

A man who tried to take his pony on a train also led it into a hospital and a pub.

Joe Purcell, 69, made the headlines after his attempt to buy a train ticket for his pony was caught on CCTV at Wrexham railway station.

More photos have now come to light of came to light of Mr Purcell taking the pony, called Pongo, into a pub and an A&E department.

The Irishman is a well-known character for miles around Wrexham, where he lives in a caravan, reports The Sun.

His daughter Violet, 40, said: "He takes his pony wherever he goes, to the pub, the shops, everywhere.

"But the train station was a new one! The whole family couldn't stop laughing."

Mr Purcell reportedly took Pongo into a Wetherspoon bar and tried to buy them both a drink. A Wetherspoon spokesman said: "He was asked to leave by the manager."

Two hours later he turned up at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, claiming Pongo had been "glassed" in a street row.

A spokesman said: "He presented the animal and said it had an infection. He was politely asked to leave."

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