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‘I went to get petrol and ended up being suspected of hiding a dead body in the boot of my car’

PUBLISHED: 08:17 01 August 2017 | UPDATED: 18:25 01 August 2017

No body here. The duvet in the boot of Chris Richmond's car. A concerned resident called police to say they thought they had seen a body in there. Picture: CHRIS RICHMOND

No body here. The duvet in the boot of Chris Richmond's car. A concerned resident called police to say they thought they had seen a body in there. Picture: CHRIS RICHMOND

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A rolled up dogs’ bed and a pair of wellies seemed pretty innocuous to Chris Richmond.

Chris Richmond, who received a bizarre visit from the police after they received a call from a concerned member of the public who thought they had seen what appeared to be a dead body in the boot of his Land Rover. Picture: STUART MCPHERSON. Chris Richmond, who received a bizarre visit from the police after they received a call from a concerned member of the public who thought they had seen what appeared to be a dead body in the boot of his Land Rover. Picture: STUART MCPHERSON.

But it led to a visit from a police officer asking if he was concealing a dead body in the boot of his car.

What started as a normal afternoon for Mr Richmond ended with possibly the most surreal experience of his entire life.

The 30-year-old went to the Shell garage in Fakenham at around 1.30pm on Friday to get diesel for his Land Rover Freelander.

While there, he opened his boot to take out two plastic cans to fill with petrol for his strimmer.

Chris Richmond's dogs Max and Dill in the Land Rover Freelander. Picture: CHRIS RICHMOND Chris Richmond's dogs Max and Dill in the Land Rover Freelander. Picture: CHRIS RICHMOND

About an hour and a half later, Mr Richmond was cutting the grass at his home on Buddells Lane, Wighton, near Wells, when he spotted a police car cruising slowly down his street.

Moments later a police officer walked up his garden path and said: “We’ve had a bit of an odd phone call.

“A member of the public has reported seeing something in the boot of your car, which looked a little like a dead body rolled up in a duvet cover.”

Mr Richmond said: “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

Chris Richmond's Land Rover. Picture: CHRIS RICHMOND. Chris Richmond's Land Rover. Picture: CHRIS RICHMOND.

“For a moment, I thought perhaps I had been accused of ‘bilking’ because I drove forward on the fuel station forecourt before I had paid, to make space for the driver behind me, but to be accused of this was unbelievable.

“I told the police officer they were welcome to look in the boot but they asked me to do it.

“I opened the boot to reveal the duvet, which I explained provides bedding for my two springer spaniels, Max and Dill, when they travel in the car.

“With that, the officer just confirmed some identity details before he was on his way.”

The Shell garage in Fakenham. Picture: STEVE SHAW The Shell garage in Fakenham. Picture: STEVE SHAW

A spokesman for Norfolk police said: “We were called at 1.55pm to reports of suspicious circumstances where member of public thought they saw body in boot of car.

“A check made at the home address of the registered owner.

“He has shown the officer the boot of the car where a dog bed is located. No further action was taken.”

Mr Richmond said: “At first I was mildly annoyed but now I can see the funny side of it.

“I was lucky I had been driving my own car.

“If I’d been working it would have made the whole situation much more complicated, as I’m a taxi driver.”

Mr Richmond describes his bizarre conversation with a police officer

As I was tending to my garden with the strimmer, I noticed a Norfolk Constabulary patrol car cruising very slowly down my home street of Buddells Lane in Wighton, and the driver was scanning the area for suspects.

The car pulled into the village hall car park, shortly followed by a police officer walking up my garden path.

“What’s the matter?”, I asked, grinning.

“Are you Mr Richmond”, the officer asked.

“Yes”, I replied.

“Have you recently been to a fuel station in Fakenham?” he asked.

“Yes. Fakenham Shell garage”, I replied.

“Well, we’ve had a bit of an odd phone call.

“A member of the public has reported seeing something in the boot of your car, which looked a little like a dead body rolled up in a duvet cover.”

This shocked me. For a moment, I thought perhaps I had been accused of bilking.

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