Reports of a body in a well in Worthing led to a six-hour police operation on Tuesday night.Oh no! How awful. How...
Waaaait a minute:
A hand had been spotted in several feet of water in a well at a derelict property in Eriswell Road.D'oh!
Firefighters drained the well - and when the water level fell it became clear the "body" was a prosthetic hand.
Oh, well, who could've forseen this sort of...
Hang on, something seems familiar about this. Haven't I seen this story - or something like it - somewhere before?
Ah. Right! At Al Jahom's blog:
Part of a motorway was closed and dozens of police officers and a force helicopter were scrambled to the scene after a fake severed arm was spotted by the roadside.Oh, well. At least, this time, CID didn't get involved...
Motorists who spotted the shirt-clad arm with a bloodied stump dialled 999 thinking an horrific accident had taken place.
But when officers converged on the scene – closing the M62 for more than three hours and leading thousands of drivers to be diverted – they found the ‘arm’ to be a plastic Halloween-style toy.