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So Sorry, Old Chap

Officers staged a raid on a house in Edinburgh, Scotland, after the family left for work. After drilling the lock and forcing their way into the house, they discovered they had mixed up names and targeted the wrong house. So, the officers departed, leaving a note in the living room asking the family to “please accept our sincere apologies for this inconvenience.” “It’s like the Keystone Cops. They were apparently there for four hours trying to gain entry,” said homeowner Alistair McPhail, 52. “I told them, ‘Next time you fancy a jolly in Edinburgh go and see the Castle and leave my flat alone’.” This was the second time police had incorrectly targeted McPhail’s son in an ongoing assault investigation, and they had cleared him after questioning him five months earlier. “The officers acted upon the information that was available to them at the time,” a police spokeswoman said. “It wasn’t made apparent until today that the person at the address was unconnected to the investigation.” (MS/Edinburgh Scotsman) ...In other words, “Sorry, we’re not sorry.”
Original Publication Date: 19 April 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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