Remember Essex Lion? Police called to body in Thames - which was actually a catfish


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Is it a body? Is it a plane? No it's just a catfish...

It's easy to get carried away thinking we're about to uncover the next big news story, but Richmond Police received a call from an anxious citizen this week believing they'd seen a body in the Thames, only for officers to discover it was a fish.


We all remember the Essex Lion, which caused a stir last summer, but turned out to be just a big cat.

Other ridiculous police calls recorded last year include a member of the public who’d phoned emergency services to say they had run out of toilet roll, a request to take a dog's temperature and an individual whose electricity had gone out and wanted it ‘sorted’.