Major emergency services operation sparked after reports of body in water in Portsmouth - but it was just a discarded jacket

A major emergency services was sparked after reports that a body had been found in the water in Portsmouth but it turned out just to be a discarded jacket.

Wednesday, 16th October 2019, 3:10 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th October 2019, 3:17 pm

The false alarm saw a large number of police were involved as well as paramedics, coastgaurd and firefighters from across the city involved called to Hilsea Lines.

Hants Road Policing have hit out at litterers following the incident saying that it caused ‘lots of wasted time’.

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The account wrote on Twitter: ‘Please consider where you discard items. Large number of Police, @SCAS999, @SCAS_HART, @Cosham23, @Southsea24, @Fareham17, @portsmouthcg resources called to Hilsea Lines in Portsmouth on reports of a body in the water.

‘Turned out to just be a jacket! Lots of wasted time! #3241’

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Emergency services were called to Hilsea Lines. Picture: Hants Road Policing/Twitter

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