Police: Hanging Body Prank 'Thoughtless'

Police have called a prank - which made drivers on the M27 think there was a person hanging from a bridge - 'thoughtless, distressing and distracting'.

Hampshire police picked up lots of calls just before 6am on Tuesday 4th September, saying it looked like someone was hanging from the Copythorne footbridge over the motorway.

But when officers got there they found a dummy covered in a sheet.

Inspector Bernadette Smith of Hampshire police described the prank as “thoughtless and irresponsible”

She said:

“It was very distracting and distressing for the motorists on the M27 this morning and both thoughtless and irresponsible of the people who decided to place it there.”

No delays or accidents were reported as a result of the incident.

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