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A Cop Chased Himself For 20 Minutes Because CCTV Confused Him With a Suspect

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On a cold, dark night on the mean streets of the UK, an undercover police officer was radioed and informed that a potential suspect was close by. Keen to do the right thing, he set off in hot pursuit. Twenty fraught minutes later, he learned he'd been chasing... himself.


The CCTV operator reported to police that someone was 'acting suspiciously', according to The Telegraph. Unfortunately, the officer who decided to follow up on the report was actually the shadowy figure in question. Sadly, the name of the officer and exact location haven't been disclosed, but it happened somewhere in the south of England.

The poor guy doing the chasing reassured the CCTV operator that he was "hot on the heels" of the suspect. Uh, at least until the police officer's boss turned up in the CCTV control room and recognized him. A senior police officer told The Telegraph:

"Every time the man darted in to another side alleyway, the [officer] was turning immediately into the same alleyway, but every time the CCTV operator asked what he could see there was no trace... [he] had been chasing himself round the streets."


How do you chase yourself around the streets for 20 minutes? Largely through stupidity it seems. [The Telegraph; Image: charbel.akhras]

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Danny Benson

Sounds familiar