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After laying siege to a house for five hours, police gave a final warning before storming the house where a gunman had been reported inside.

A police dog rushed upstairs and, finding a woman in bed, proceeded to sink its teeth into her arms.

But as armed officers surrounded a terrified Sonia Pellow, they realised two things. First, she wasn't a gunman.

Second, she was deaf and had been sleeping throughout the entire stand-off.

Yesterday Miss Pellow, 36, was still too afraid to return to her home in Hayle, Cornwall, after the ordeal, which followed a hoax call to police that a gunman was inside.

"I don't know what happened - I was asleep but then this dog was all over me," she said. "I got bitten on both of my arms. I was terrified."

Her father Esmond, 67, added: "Sonia is hard of hearing and is also very difficult to wake up once she is asleep. It looks like she was attacked by a crocodile, not a dog."

Miss Pellow was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully possessing a firearm but released without charge.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said the matter would be investigated if she made a complaint.

He added: "Police negotiators had been at the scene trying to make contact with anyone inside the house for several hours."
 

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It seems about once a week we hear about a SWAT team laying siege to a house only to discover it's empty or the wrong house or something of a similar nature. Although, I gotta say, this is probably the worst case I've heard of.

What really amazes me is even after they realized they had made a mistake, they still placed the woman under arrest. Say what?

I suspect Devon and Cornwall will be making a sizable addition to this woman's retirement funds sometime soon...

I have to wonder how these things happen. The article doesn't explain just how the police came upon the information causing them to take such actions. The rules are a little different in the UK, but I still think they would need a warrant or some judicial approval before breaking into a private home. Strange.....!
 

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"Miss Pellow was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully possessing a firearm but released without charge. "

WTF for????????????????????????????????

You make a mistake, find nothing illegal, arrest a woman that is practicaly deaf, and then say you will investigate if she complains?????????????

"A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said the matter would be investigated if she made a complaint.

He added: "Police negotiators had been at the scene trying to make contact with anyone inside the house for several hours."

Well maybe they should have gathered more intel! You got to love spokespeople.
 

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Macktee said:
I have to wonder how these things happen. The article doesn't explain just how the police came upon the information causing them to take such actions. The rules are a little different in the UK, but I still think they would need a warrant or some judicial approval before breaking into a private home. Strange.....!
Rumor of a gun is all they need to send in the troops.
 

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Thought I'd try my hand at editing:

After laying siege to a house for five hours, police gave a final warning before storming the house where a gunman had been reported inside.

A police dog rushed upstairs and, finding a woman in bed, proceeded to sink its teeth into her arms.

But as armed officers surrounded a terrified Sonia Pellow, they realised two things. First, she wasn't a gunman.

Second, she was deaf and had been sleeping throughout the entire stand-off.

Yesterday Miss Pellow, 36, was still too afraid to return to her home in Washington DC, after the ordeal, which followed a hoax call to police that a gunman was inside.

"I don't know what happened - I was asleep but then this dog was all over me," she said. "I got bitten on both of my arms. I was terrified."

Her father Esmond, 67, added: "Sonia is hard of hearing and is also very difficult to wake up once she is asleep. It looks like she was attacked by a crocodile, not a dog."

Miss Pellow was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully possessing a firearm but released without charge.

A spokesman for Washington DC Police said the matter would be investigated if she made a complaint.

He added: "Police negotiators had been at the scene trying to make contact with anyone inside the house for several hours."
How'd I do?
 

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pro2am said:
Thought I'd try my hand at editing:

After laying siege to a house for five hours, police gave a final warning before storming the house where a gunman had been reported inside.

A police dog rushed upstairs and, finding a woman in bed, proceeded to sink its teeth into her arms.

But as armed officers surrounded a terrified Sonia Pellow, they realised two things. First, she wasn't a gunman.

Second, she was deaf and had been sleeping throughout the entire stand-off.

Yesterday Miss Pellow, 36, was still too afraid to return to her home in Washington DC, after the ordeal, which followed a hoax call to police that a gunman was inside.

"I don't know what happened - I was asleep but then this dog was all over me," she said. "I got bitten on both of my arms. I was terrified."

Her father Esmond, 67, added: "Sonia is hard of hearing and is also very difficult to wake up once she is asleep. It looks like she was attacked by a crocodile, not a dog."

Miss Pellow was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully possessing a firearm but released without charge.

A spokesman for Washington DC Police said the matter would be investigated if she made a complaint.

He added: "Police negotiators had been at the scene trying to make contact with anyone inside the house for several hours."
How'd I do?
Copying an article on Parker isn't editing! :roll:
 
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