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Police in Greater Manchester were called to a busy main road after reports of a 'severed foot' holding up traffic, Manchester Evening News reports.
However, after arriving at Milnrow Road in Newbold, Rochdale, to respond what drivers reported to be a 'human foot' lying in the middle of the road, it turned out all was not quite as it seemed - thankfully.
Upon closer inspection, police determined that it was actually a fake severed foot, but did admit that it was the 'best fake' they'd ever seen. How many fake feet they've seen is not known...
Witness Mohammed Yousaf - who is an owner of the nearby Auto Shop car accessories store - posted footage of the incident on Facebook.
He said: "I got a call from a lady, she was in tears saying there was a foot in the road. I went round there and it looked really realistic. There was loads of traffic queuing down the road, because nobody wanted to drive past it in case they damaged it.
"The police came and at first they approached it very slowly. But as they got closer they realised it was fake. They couldn't believe how real it looked. They said it was the best fake they'd ever seen."
While the foot looked extremely realistic to shocked onlookers, Yousaf added that there was one thing in particular that gave it away: "The foot was placed as if the body was going into the tarmac, so I think 100 percent it was a joke."
One driver reacted to the foot on Facebook, saying: "I had to drive around it two times to actually realise what it was! It was scary just thinking of it being a real foot! Thank goodness another lady stopped too and the police patrol was only around the corner."
Greater Manchester Police has since confirmed that officers were called to the scene at about 11.50am on Tuesday morning, after receiving reports of a 'possible human foot' in the road - only to find out that it was, indeed, fake.
Police in Warwickshire, meanwhile, have hit headlines after releasing a particularly, erm, distinctive e-fit of a suspect:
We've issued an efit for of a suspect in a distraction burglary in Stratford in February. If you have any information please contact us. https://t.co/NipFniL1ed pic.twitter.com/oGiYfxIi2e
- Warwickshire Police (@warkspolice) April 3, 2018
Providing details of the incident, Warwickshire Police said on its website: "At between 2.00pm and 2.36pm on 5 February 2018, two men claiming to be from Orbit Housing tricked their way into a flat in Hertford Place.
"One of the men distracted the occupant - a woman in her 40s - while the other man searched the property.
"When the victim realised what they were doing she ordered them to leave. The men left with a quantity of cash."
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