March 20, 2023 10.30 am This story is over 8 months old

Police search for ‘body in Grantham field’ turns out to be scarecrow

He was sleeping on the job

A 999 call reporting a person who was ill or dead in a field this weekend fortunately turned out to be less serious than expected.

A passenger on a high-speed train believed they had spotted a person in need of help as they passed Swayfield, between Grantham and Stamford.

Police officers including a drone pilot rushed to search the field.

Instead of a body, they came across a scarecrow sleeping on the job.

Officers put him upright again and gave him some words of advice on bird scaring.

They say that the mistaken call was well-meaning.

The public can always report incidents where a person is in need of help on 999 or 111 for non-emergencies.

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