It was an open and shut case for police after a woman was seen with 'blood' dripping from her car boot - until they found it was a broken bottle of cough syrup.
Grandmother-of-five Pat Major said she was shocked to be stopped by officers on suspicion of having a dead body in her car.
The 60-year-old was spotted by a bystander in an Asda car park stuffing something into her boot before driving off in a Nissan Micra. The shopper followed Mrs Major as she drove away in Newton Abbot before spotting a red liquid leaking from the boot and calling 999.
– Devon & Cornwall Police
Officers were quickly dispatched to the property, but when they arrived they discovered the liquid was blackcurrant cough mixture and the blood-soaked body was squashed bags of shopping.