Tewkesbury, England: Armed with (real) machine guns, cops raid home of man who posted picture of his 6″ toy mortar on FaceBook. Took the Brits six weeks to get there after a citizen’s complaint, but by God, they tracked him down!
There were five police officers at the door, two of them carrying submachine guns.
They had come in search of a deadly mortar tube – spotted in the background of a picture that Mr Driscoll had posted on Facebook.
Mr Driscoll, 43, did indeed have a mortar in the home and promptly showed it to the squad.
It was a toy.
After inspecting the model mortar, the rather embarrassed team of officers apologised and took their leave.
‘I couldn’t believe someone thought it was real,’ said Mr Driscoll, a model maker, at his home in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.
‘It’s tiny and quite clearly a toy. I can’t stop laughing. I think it’s hilarious.’
The mortar, or at least part of it, was featured in a picture Mr Driscoll took of an Action Man figure and a toy Alsatian dog.
He posted the picture on Facebook ‘as a laugh’ because he says he looks rather like the Action Man figure and owns an Alsatian.
The mortar was near to a TV remote control which showed how small it was. Nevertheless, someone called in the police.