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Officers confronted by a snake discover it's just a garden ornament

Rattled officers ended up feeling slightly red-faced when they were involved in a tense stand-off with a snake - that turned out to be a garden ornament.

Credit: Met Police

The Metropolitan Police officers kept their distance from the two-foot long garden ornament fearing it was a dangerous reptile.

It wasn't moving but they can stay still for a long time. We didn't want to move in too close in case we disturbed it.

– Met Police officer

A resident in the flats in Sutton, south west London eventually confirmed it was just a garden ornament.


Teenager to appear in court over bus stabbing

A 15-year-old boy has been accused of grievous bodily harm with intent after a boy of the same age was stabbed on a bus.

Police were called to St Helier Avenue in Sutton on Friday afternoon, following the incident on a route 151 vehicle.

The victim is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

The accused will appear at Croydon Youth Court on November 11.

Smoke appears from station platform after electrical fault

Sutton station was forced to close during this morning's rush hour after smoke appeared from beneath a platform.

Police say an electrical fault caused low voltage cables to overheat. Rail services are getting back to normal after earlier delays of up to an hour.

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