Wurzel Gummidge would have laughed his turnip head off to see police racing on blue lights to the site of a suspected murder near Preston.
The “body,” reported on a 999 call from a walker in Brockholes Wood early on Tuesday, turned out to be nothing more sinister than a straw-stuffed scarecrow wearing a denim jacket and jeans.
“Our informant had seen what they thought was a body and, erring on the side of caution, called us rather than investigate further themselves,” said a police spokesman. “The ambulance also attended.”
The corpse was taken into custody to await its owner.