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Police video of ‘body’ dumped at roadside slammed on Twitter

Police have apologised after a Cambridgeshire force's video showed what appeared to be a body lying in a ditch.

Officers were attempting to educate the public on when to call 999.

The film is captioned as if an operator in the force control room is taking a call.

Police information video

It says: 'Hello, Cambridgeshire police 999 emergency.'

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The caller replies: 'Someone's dumped a body/ carpet'

The words body and carpet interchange.

Police information video

The video went out on Twitter and was branded 'terrible advice'.

Richard Taylor, a Cambridge blogger, said: "What are CambsCopssaying here? Don’t report bodies to them? Investigate things wrapped up that looked like dumped bodies before calling the police? Sounds like terrible advice."

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FieldTech Ltd tweeted: "What is that actually supposed to mean? That we should report a suspicious body shaped bundle as flytipping, possibly leaving a murder scene undiscovered for weeks?

"Or that we're supposed to investigate, risking contamination of the scene?"

#WednesdayWisdompic.twitter.com/uiiU9RPCPl

— Cambs police (@CambsCops) February 7, 2018

Police issued an apology and defended the public information video.

A tweet from the force said: "Apologies for any confusion. This is just trying to get people to think about the difference between what is and isn’t a policing matter.

"We often get calls about issues such as fly tipping that should be directed to the council. Obviously if you find a body please contact us."

Apologies for any confusion. This is just trying to get people to think about the difference between what is and isn’t a policing matter. We often get calls about issues such as fly tipping that should be directed to the council. Obviously if you find a body please contact us.

— Cambs police (@CambsCops) February 7, 2018

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