‘Human remains’ find turned out to be a potato: UK police

A suspected human foot buried in a muddy field in Gateshead turned out to be a potato after a “large-scale” police search. (Twitter/@northumbriapol)
A suspected human foot buried in a muddy field in Gateshead turned out to be a potato after a “large-scale” police search. (Twitter/@northumbriapol)
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Updated 09 January 2021

‘Human remains’ find turned out to be a potato: UK police

‘Human remains’ find turned out to be a potato: UK police
  • An accompanying photograph sent to officers appeared to show a human foot

LONDON: A dog walker in northeast England sparked a large-scale police search after reporting suspected human remains in a muddy field. But the suspected grisly find turned out to be a potato, officers said Friday.
Northumbria Police said specialist teams and sniffer dogs were sent to scour the field in the Winlaton area of Gateshead, after a concerned member of the public contacted them on Tuesday.
An accompanying photograph sent to officers appeared to show a human foot, the force said on its Facebook page.

“Eventually we tracked down the ‘scene’ only to discover the toe was in fact a potato with a mushroom growing next to it,” a spokesman said.
“We can only praise the vigilance of the woman who made the call and if anyone does come across suspected human remains, please do the same and give us a call.
“If it does turn out to be a vegetable, our police dogs will thank you for the treat!“

 


TWITTER POLL: Signal is more comfortable to use versus other instant messaging apps

TWITTER POLL: Signal is more comfortable to use versus other instant messaging apps
Updated 18 January 2021

TWITTER POLL: Signal is more comfortable to use versus other instant messaging apps

TWITTER POLL: Signal is more comfortable to use versus other instant messaging apps
  • Facebook-owned WhatsApp badly hit by a backlash after updating its privacy policy

DUBAI: Signal is more comfortable instant messaging service to use compared with other apps such as WhatsApp or Telegram, according to half of those who responded to an Arab News poll.

Signal’s surge in popularity among smartphone users, thanks to a two-word tweet from technology entrepreneur Elon Musk endorsing the encrypted messaging service, clearly showed as 50 percent of the 1,451 respondents expressed contentment with it.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp, badly hit by a backlash after updating its privacy policy, got a thumbs-up from three out of 10 poll respondents while Telegram had about a tenth of supporters. The remaining 10 percent of Arab New readers who responded to the poll meanwhile said none of the three instant messaging apps were comfortable to use.

 

 

Musk earlier urged users to “Use Signal” after WhatsApp, the most popular instant messaging app, was accused of forcing subscribers to share their personal data with its parent company Facebook for advertising.

Users had to accept these new terms before February 8, otherwise their accounts will be deleted. The ensuing furor prompted WhatsApp to delay its take it or leave it privacy update until May.

It likewise came out with a clarification the privacy changes were focused on how businesses used the app.

“We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way,” WhatsApp said in a statement.

“Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data.”