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Police Admit Officer Mistook Goldfish For Pool Of Sharks In Flat

Dominic Smithers


Police Admit Officer Mistook Goldfish For Pool Of Sharks In Flat

The police have admitted that one of their officers lied about seeing a pool full of sharks at a flat.

Sussex Police inspector Darren Taylor said in a tweet that he and his team stumbled across the shark-infested swimming pool during a visit to a property.

He claimed in the post that the 'small sharks' were circling an artificial Christmas tree, which was in the middle.

His now-deleted tweet read: "'Just when you think you have heard it all! Team attended a premises over the weekend, only to discover a 8ft swimming pool in the front room.

"In the swimming pool (apart from water) were small sharks swimming around and an artificial Christmas tree in the middle! I kid you not!"

However, it looks like inspector Taylor may have got a little ahead of himself, mixing up goldfish and sharks. Easily done, right?

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

In a statement released by Sussex Police, the force assured people that none of the animals in the 'children's paddling pool' were dangerous.

It said: "Officers were called to a neighbour dispute and not a disturbance as has been reported.

"Several types of goldfish/fish commonly kept as pets, were found in a children's paddling pool fitted with pumps and filters, not a swimming pool, and none were sharks.

"The property landlords were contacted over concerns about the volume of water in the property, but there were no concerns over the welfare of the fish.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

'We are not releasing any further information about the incident and are not waiving copyright control over photographs that were on the tweet which has since been deleted.

"No further use of the images is permitted."

Earlier today, police in London put out an appeal after two men were filmed impersonating officers in order to get into a flat.

After initially allowing them in, the homeowner became suspicious and asked them for some identification.

However, unable to produce anything, the two men then left after being confronted by the concerned homeowner - who caught the final part of the incident on camera.

Credit: Instagram
Credit: Instagram

The Metropolitan Police is now searching for the two suspects and urging people to come forward with information.

A spokesperson for the force said: "Police were called at 18:51hrs on Tuesday, 12 October to a residential block in The Shaftesburys, Barking IG11.

A woman reported that two men had attended her address. They were claiming to be police officers and were dressed in crude uniform including caps, harnesses and 'asps' (batons) and said they were there to search the property.

Credit: Instagram
Credit: Instagram

"They were initially allowed in before the residents became suspicious and asked to see their identification, which they could not produce."

An investigation has been launched but no arrests have yet been made.

Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to call 101 and use reference number CAD 6640/12 Oct.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Sharks, Police, Fish, Twitter, Weird, London

Dominic Smithers
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