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Pranksters made a dummy of police in Bielfeld, Germany after they raced to a 999 call to rescue a man with his head buried in the sand - only to find a life-sized shop mannequin.

Dummying Down

Pranksters made a dummy of police in Bielfeld, Germany after they raced to a 999 call to rescue a man with his head buried in the sand - only to find a life-sized shop mannequin.

The kneeling dummy dressed in jeans and a shirt had its head buried in a pile of sand with a sign beside it saying, '50 And What?'

"It was clearly a prank intended for someone's 50th birthday," said a police spokesman.

"But the person who called us was clearly convinced by it and called us in good faith thinking they were helping someone in trouble," they added.

German Herald





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