Police smashed their way into a fisherman's car and towed it away to a pound - after they thought his fly-ridden tackle box was a decomposing corpse. Officers were called to a car park in North Walsham, Norfolk, after a panicked passer-by dialled 999 when he spotted a swarm of blue bottles in George Wallis' Chrysler Neon. They smashed the vehicle's rear window but were left red-faced, when the flies turned out to have hatched from maggots left in a bait box in the car four days earlier.
Mistaken: Police thought that George Wallis' Chrysler Neon, parked in North Walsham, pictured, had a decomposing body inside but a swarm of blue bottles had come from a four day old box of fishing bait (file picture)
After attempting to contact Mr Wallis, police towed the car to Great Yarmouth, with its owner hit with a £150 towing fee and a £20-a-day storage charge. But Mr Wallis says he will have to pay £75 to have the car scrapped, as he can't afford the charges. He says that the police should foot the bill for the damaged caused.
He told the Daily Telegraph: 'The police made my vehicle insecure by breaking into it, they should pay not me.’ ''I can't afford to get it back, but I need a vehicle.' A spokesman for Norfolk Constabulary said that the car had a flat tyre and appeared to to be abandoned. He added: 'The officer had genuine concerns about what could have been in the vehicle. 'If the owner feels they shouldn't pay, they can write to legal services at force headquarters.'
Mistaken identity: Police believed a fly tackle box, similar to this, was a fly-ridden corpse (stock picture)
Source: Daily Mail UK