Armed Police Raid a Man's House Over a Facebook Snap of a Toy Mortar

By Sam Gibbs on at

In another case of police resources being put to good use, five coppers -- two armed with sub-machine guns -- battering on the door of poor Ian Driscoll, thinking that his fancy new profile pic featuring an Action Man and toy mortar, was real.

Someone tipped the Tewkesbury police off, after spotting the image on Dricsoll's Facebook. Unfortunately, even though there was a TV remote and piece of skirting board in there for scale, no body spotting it was JUST A TOY. Come on people, let's be a bit smarter about this, eh?

A police spokesperson said: "The information was given in good faith. We would much rather have a result like this than to put the public in harm’s way by not taking action." Fair enough, I'd agree for the most part, but perhaps use a little smarts in scrutinising the evidence before going out for a raid next time. [The Sun]