Discarded Woolworths dummy scares life out of snapper

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A mannequin on the roof of the old Woolworths building in Inverness, where Poundland now has a store. The manager of the Poundland store, Kenny, thinks the mannequin has been there since Woolworths closed in 2009. Picture: Andrew Smith
A mannequin on the roof of the old Woolworths building in Inverness, where Poundland now has a store. The manager of the Poundland store, Kenny, thinks the mannequin has been there since Woolworths closed in 2009. 

A HORRIFIED photographer thought he had stumbled across a grisly murder scene after discovering what appeared to be a dismembered body.

Andrew Smith clambered on to the roof of a former Woolworths store in Invernesson Monday evening to take pictures of the nearby town hall.

But the 42-year-old got the fright of his life when he glimpsed what appeared to be butchered remains.

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Andrew Smith found the mannequin

Thankfully for Andrew, before dialling 999 he realised that what he was looking at was a discarded shop dummy, likely left there by Woolworths staff who occupied the building until the chain went bust.

Andrew was taking pictures of the town hall flying a French flag at half mast and was allowed on to the roof of the former Woolies store, now a Poundland. 

He said: “When I found a position I was going to stand in to take a photo I saw that figure lying in the distance.

I was at the other side of the roof which is why it wasn’t immediately obvious it was a mannequin. 

I never seriously thought it was a body – it was quite creepy.”

He added: “It’s only wearing one trainer but then, it’s only got one leg. It looks like it’s wearing either a suspender belt or a climbing harness.

I have no idea what someone would have been doing up there with a suspender wearing mannequin. 

Maybe someone took it up there for a joke. The shop manager said it’s been there since the Woolworth’s closed.”

In September, horrified passers by called cops in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, after mistaking a mannequin’s leg floating in a river for grisly human remains.

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