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Police swarm mum’s home to investigate murder but ‘dead body’ is Halloween prop

Cara Louise, 28, had to explain she hadn’t killed anyone after 10 officers swarmed her home (Picture: Triangle News)

A huge police squad swooped in on a family home after receiving reports of a murder – but the ‘dead body’ turned out to be a fake corpse used for Halloween.

Mum-of-two Cara Louise, 28, has revealed 10 officers swarmed her home in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire after three people called 999 to report a body bag outside her house.

She says she ‘couldn’t believe my neighbours thought I was capable of murder’, joking: ‘I’m only 5ft tall’.

The bizarre situation came to light after Cara drove her five-year-old son home from school to find two police cars driving away from her house.

Cara said: ‘I get out of the car to my neighbour standing there in which I ask jokingly “What have you done?”

‘Then I was told they were all at my house as three people had called in to report a dead body.’

The family had kept the fake corpse in a bin bag behind wheelie bins in the garden for the past seven months, but Cara says she had ‘moved him out to clear the garden and forgot to put him away’.

After another police car pulled up ten minutes later, the ‘embarrassed’ mum was forced to explain to officers she hadn’t killed anyone.

Police received 999 calls from three different people who had seen the Halloween prop (Picture: Triangle News)
Cara says she ‘couldn’t believe my neighbours thought I was capable of murder’ (Picture: Triangle News)

She said: ‘All whilst my five-year old stood telling them how much he loves Halloween and we can’t get rid of the body because he loves it.

‘It certainly made me and my neighbours laugh. Luckily the police did see the funny side, all 10 of them.’

Confused over how the decoration could be mistaken for a dead body, Cara asked one officer ‘who has legs that short?’ He replied: ‘You might have cut them.’

She said: ‘I said “Oh, did you check my bins?” They looked a bit concerned and asked “Should we?”

‘I was asked to chop it up and get rid of it to which I said “No, i’ll just put him in the shed with the others until next Halloween”.’

The mum-of-two has advised other parents to ‘dispose of props or put them away safely’ after her unique ordeal.

People on social media found the incident highly amusing, with one man called James Anthony Gaughran joking: ‘Did they actually check to ensure it wasn’t a body? Or was this the perfect crime?’

Mum-of-two Cara Louis was left horrified after cops swooped on her home thinking she was a MURDERER - after spotting an old Halloween prop in her garden. TEN police officers swarmed her home in Houghton Regis, Beds after THREE people spotted it and dialled 999. PIX: The fake body in halloween garden. TRIANGLE NEWS 0203 176 5581 // news@trianglenews.co.uk By Andy Crick With pix A MUM-of-two was left horrified after cops swooped on her home thinking she was a MURDERER - after spotting an old Halloween prop in her garden. Innocent Cara Louise used the fake corpse wrapped in bin liners for a spooky party for her kids last November. She stashed it away in her garden but moved it while doing some gardening and forgot to move it back as she rushed to collect her eldest son from school. TEN police officers swarmed her home in Houghton Regis, Beds after THREE people spotted it and dialled 999. But red-faced Cara, 28, was able to explain to the cops what had happened after she returned from the school run.

Social media users joked it was ‘the perfect crime’ (Picture: Triangle News)
Cara says her five-year-old son adores Halloween (Picture: Triangle News)

A Bedfordshire Police spokesman said: ‘We received reports of what was believed to be a body bag in Houghton Regis.

‘A number of officers patrolling nearby attended and confirmed the item was a discarded Halloween decoration.’

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