‘Elderly lady crying out’ turned out to be parrot after police kicked door down

Police kicked down a door to help what was reported as an elderly lady in distress, but were left red-faced when they found a parrot screaming "Help!"

The boys in blue had rushed to an address in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands before booting down the entrance to the property, where they found nobody at all.

Instead of a troubled elderly lady, the team of officers found that the cries for help were coming from a feathered friend in the corner of the home.

The homeowner's son arrived shortly after and to confirm it was the parrot making the cries for help, not his mother.

West Midlands Force Response shared all on the hilarious incident, with a photo of an officer posing with the parrot posted to Twitter.

They wrote: "C Team Sutton respond to a report of an elderly female shouting for help inside her address. Entry forced and searched however no sign of the female.

"Son arrives and informs PC Jukes that the parrot in the living room talks and was the one shouting Help!"

The following day, officers added: "Sutton are ready for another day of answering emergency calls! Hopefully we don’t have any more calls relating to naughty parrots! #PollySending PoliceCrackers #ParrotGate."

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Social media users found the discovery hilarious, with one joking that the parrot should feel the full weight of the law brought down on them for wasting police time.

They wrote: "Charge him with wasting police time and put him before the Beak?"

One user added: "Reminds me of one of the Carry On films!"

But another user was more concerned, writing: "Where did the parrot learn to cry 'help' in a ladies voice? Is there any more checking to be done here?"

A West Midlands Police spokesman provided no further details of the incident, saying: "All we are confirming is that we were called to address in Wylde Green at 7.30pm on Wednesday."

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