10 cops swoop on garden after mum leaves fake Halloween corpse out by accident and locals think there's been a murder

A MUM was mortified when 10 cops swooped her house thinking there had been a murder after neighbours spotted an old Halloween prop in her garden.

Innocent Cara Louise used the fake corpse wrapped in bin liners for a spooky party for her kids last November.


She stashed it away in her garden but moved it while doing some gardening and forgot to move it back as she rushed to collect her eldest son from school.

Ten police officers swarmed her home in Houghton Regis, Beds, after three people clocked it and dialled 999.

But red-faced Cara, 28, was able to explain to the cops what had happened after she returned from the school run.

She said: “My five-year-old boy is really into dressing up for every occasion so we did the inside up with a circus theme and he dressed as It.

“So the prop in the garden was part of our theme.

“I have a tip for all parents who go all out at Halloween like myself. Dispose of props or put them away safely.”

Cara – who has two boys aged five and six months – said she was left mortified by what happened on Wednesday morning.

She said: “I arrived home from the school run to see two police cars driving away from outside my house.

“I get out of the car to my neighbour standing there to which I ask jokingly ‘What have you done?’

“Then I was told they were all at my house as three people had called in to report a dead body.”

She said she had kept the prop behind her wheelie bins since November.

Hairdresser Cara continued: “I moved him out to clear the garden and forgot to put him away.

“Ten minutes later another police car pulls up. I had to explain I have not killed anyone and I will put him away in a secure place.

“All while my five-year old stood telling them how much he loves Halloween and we can’t get rid of the body because he loves it.

“It certainly made me and my neighbours laugh. Luckily the police did see the funny side, all 10 of them.”


Cara joked: “I said ‘Who has legs that short?’ The policeman said ‘You might have cut them.’

“I said ‘Oh, did you check my bins?’ They looked a bit concerned and asked ‘Should we?’

“I was asked to chop it up and get rid of it to which I said ‘No, I'll just put him in the shed with the others until next Halloween’.”

Cara posted about her ordeal on Facebook to the amusement of her friends.

James Anthony Gaughran joked: “Did they actually check to ensure it wasn’t a body? Or was this the perfect crime.”

Jason Kissoon said: “Neighbours obviously thought you were capable of murder and dobbed you in. I wouldn't speak to them any more.”

And Sian Brewer quipped: “He's armless.”

Bedfordshire Police has been approached for comment.

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