Police in the West Midlands were left feeling pretty daft after they smashed a car window in order to free an infant that turned out to be a toy.
The lifelike doll was left unattended inside a car parked in Russells Hall Hospital car park, Dudley.
A passerby initially noticed the plastic tot and called police out of concern for its well-being.
Two officers showed up to assess the situation, and after a discussion with nurses it was agreed that a human life was in danger.
Delesia Rattray who owns the car has offered the police some sympathy.
The doll does look a bit real, like a baby a few months old, but if you look at the hands, which weren’t inside the blanket, and feet you can tell it isn’t.
I can understand why they broke into the car if they really thought there was a baby inside.”
I apologise to the owner of the car, who knows the reasons why my officers took the action they did.
She will hopefully agree that had it have been a baby in distress and had they not acted, they would be subject of this media scrutiny for all the wrong reasons.”
They have a point, and the £90 repair will be funded by the police, so all’s well that ends well I guess.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.