Severed hand 'prank' backfires
A practical joke went wrong after a fake severed hand left outside a house as a prank led to residents contacting the police believing it to be real.
Patrick Plummer, 34, left the prop he had made on the pavement outside his house to amuse his young nieces.
However the prank went awry when a local resident contacted police, believing the hand, complete with a severed finger, to be real.
Mr Plummer, an amateur make-up artist, was forced to admit the prank to officers when they arrived and began to cordon off the street in Hyson Green, Nottingham, last Thursday.
The horror movie fan told the Nottingham Post: "My sister's children were round and I made it look as though my finger had come off to make them laugh.
"The kids are used to it now, so we decided to leave it in the street so they could see people walking past wondering what it was."
A spokeswoman for Nottinghamshire Police said: "A member of the public contacted us at 7pm on June 6 to report the incident.
"The call was made in good faith by the member of the public and we had to respond to what seemed to be a serious incident.
"When officers arrived at the scene, a man, who was understandably red-faced, told us he was responsible for the practical joke.
"Instead of pointing the finger, we advised him about his actions. He promptly removed the hand and finger and apologised profusely."