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Police mistake rotting bait box in fisherman's car for corpse

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A man from North Walsham, Norfolk has complained after police smashed his rear windscreen in search of a dead body.

Metro reports that passers-by became concerned when a swarm of flies visible in the car appeared to indicate something sinister, and the police were called in.

The Chrysler Neon had already been broken into when a police officer realised that the flies were in fact bluebottles that had hatched from maggots in a bait box four days prior.

The disagreement began when the car was towed to Great Yarmouth and the owner, fisherman George Wallis, claimed that it would have to be scrapped as he could not afford the £150 ($240) towing fee or £20-a-day ($32) storage charge.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Wallis said; "The police made my vehicle insecure by breaking into it, they should pay, not me. I can't afford to get it back, but I need a vehicle."

Norfolk police have defended their actions by claiming the car appeared abandoned when it was broken into, stating; "The officer had genuine concerns about what could have been in the vehicle.

"If the owner feels they shouldn't pay, they can write to legal services at force headquarters."

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