POLICE were able to save a sickly hedgehog after spotting a man acting “suspiciously”.

Officers driving through Windmill Hill, near Hailsham, on Friday afternoon saw the man by the roadside and stopped to see what he was up to.

On stopping to question the gentleman they soon found out he was looking at a hedgehog.

Hedgehogs should not be out during the day time at any time of year, so the officers knew they needed to get the hedgehog some help. They were also concerned about the hedgehog’s size with more cold winter weather on the way.

Officers called East Sussex Wildlife Rescue for help and agreed to deliver the casualty across to their hospital at Whitesmith near Lewes.

“A big thank you to Sussex Police for delivering the hedgehog to us, they did the right thing in calling to check what course of action to take. Our on duty ambulances were unfortunately quite a distance away so rather than wait for us to attend the officers kindly drove the hedgehog across to us” said Duty Rescue Co-ordinator Trevor Weeks.

The hedgehog which turns out to be a boy was checked over and weighed. His weight is only 380grams which is too small to survive hibernation.

“We have named the hedgehog ‘Bill’ and will take good care of him. The actions of the gentlemen and of Sussex Police have saved this hedgehogs life, and he will go on to live another day and hopefully help the hedgehog population in Windmill to flurish once released” said Trevor.