Police blow up 'suspicious' car they parked themselves

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Police in Cumbria have been left red-faced after blowing up a car belonging to someone they'd helped a day earlier.

Officers in Workington called the bomb squad after spotting a suspicious vehicle parked outside the police station. It was unoccupied and had unidentified packages inside.

The Vauxhall Corsa was destroyed in a controlled explosion, but after investigating the vehicle police realised that they had parked the car there themselves.

The previous day, a man had been taken ill in the centre of Workington, so officers offered to park his car at the station until he was well enough to pick it up.

A police spokesman said: "Due to an internal communication error, officers dealing with this morning's incident were not aware of this and their actions were conducted, and prioritised, with the safety of the public in mind."

He went on to explain that when the night shift turned up, they weren't told why the Corsa was there and became increasingly suspicious about some packages visible inside the car. At 8am yesterday the station was evacuated and a controlled explosion was carried out.

Inspector Ashley Bennett said: "The constabulary is not complacent regarding incidents of public safety, which we take very seriously.

"We would like to thank the public for the patience shown this morning as we dealt with an incident that was treated as suspicious, and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

"We have made contact with the owner of the vehicle, explained the situation and have apologised to him."