Police and firefighters respond to bizarre call after 'snake' spotted on roof of West Yorkshire house
A West Yorkshire resident has been given a fright after he spotted a 'snake' on the roof of his house.
The man, who lives in the Pontefract and Knottingley area, went into his nearest fire station to report the strange sighting.
Officers and firefighters visited his house to investigate and the 'snake' was located.
When firefighters scaled the roof to bring it to safety, they discovered that it was actually a toy snake.
Police are stumped as to how the toy snake ended up on the roof, but think it could have been dropped by a bird of prey.
In a Facebook post, the Pontefract and Knottingley Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "You’ve heard of ‘Snakes on a Plane’ well now let us tell you about the one on the roof!
"Earlier this week, a male came to the fire station where the Pontefract & Knottingley Neighbourhood Policing Teams are based, to make a strange report of a snake on his roof.
"Due to the nature of the call one of our officers attended at the nearby property to make enquires.
"The snake was located, and it did look very convincing, however, it later transpired after the fire brigade had attended and scaled the roof that in actual fact, it was a toy snake!
"It is thought that the snake perhaps ended up on the roof as it had possibly been taken by a bird of prey mistaking it for a real one but dropped it as it didn’t taste that nice."
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